Think of stripes as a gateway to embracing more pattern at home. They’re arguably easier to integrate within an existing decor scheme than splashier florals or other more boisterous prints and they can complement a wide variety of aesthetics. Who doesn’t love a nice crisp stripe in the mix?

Across art and design, the classic motif is always being revisited—from the cool graphic works of Sol LeWitt and soothing color washes by Agnes Martin to the resurgence of the Memphis movement. The pattern is surprisingly versatile: chunky, multicolored bands have a completely different effect on a room than slim, elegant black-and-white stripes have. Fresh colorways and nontraditional applications—think abstract shelving and woven chairs—give the original new perspective.

Ready to embrace the revamped take on stripes? Allow the picks ahead to serve as your style guide.

A landing pad to really elevate your floor

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Asmara, CC-Tapis (Price upon request)
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Your 4 x 5 foot striped rug has had its moment. Swap in an artful, edgy piece to give your living room the drama it deserves.

Vessels that speak volumes

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Vases, AYTM ($125)
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These chromatic sculptural vases just might be more statement-worthy than the freshly plucked florals they display.

A playful addition to your living room

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Dusen Dusen Pattern Puzzle, Areaware ($25)
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With its subtle striped detailing, this graphic puzzle is the sort of thing you can leave out on the coffee table to double as a decorative accent.

For the missing piece to your gallery wall

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U, Art Print, Society6 ($16.09)
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Nothing wakes up a snoozy room quite like a pop of color, and a cheerful line art print is the way to do it.

The sculptural splurge

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Amazonite Stripe Bowl, Bethan Gray Design ($5993)
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Consider this the ultimate investment piece that can double as art and as a family heirloom.

A cozy statement

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La Arena Throw, The Citizenry ($155)
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Drape a desert-hued throw at the foot of the bed to give a tired palette some personality.

Cleverly concealed storage

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Sticks Multi Hook, Umbra ($32.45)
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Stripes take an abstract form on this sculptural wall storage system, featuring discreet flip-down hooks.

Take a seat with personality

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Checkerboard Dining Chair, Now House by Jonathan Adler
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One could argue that checkered patterns technically constitute as stripes. The mint finish of this contemporaryseat gives it an eye-catching appeal.

Your sofa’s best friend

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Navy Horizontal Striped Pillow Cover, Burrow ($55)
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Pair a modern farmhouse-inspired pillow—featuring mini pom-pom stripes, no less—with a colorful throw blanket to dress up a drab sofa.

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