Published on June 25, 2019

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Stripes are a classic, but even timeless patterns can sometimes feel tired. It’s very easy to end up with a space that looks more like a yacht club than the contemporary hangout you were hoping for. Luckily, the future of striped decor is more colorful, playful, and unexpected than ever—and we have some ideas for how to bring the traditionally nautical style home in a decidedly modern way. 

Coincidentally, Stripes Day (June 21) is just behind us. The J.Crew-led holiday reminded us of just how great the print can be when done right. And given that stripes scream summer, there’s no time like the present to stock up on the motif. Here are the stripe-y picks we have our eye on—no boat required. 

If your rental could use a personal touch… 

Christene Barberich’s removable wallpaper collection for The Inside will do the trick. Coral and orange is the tropical, non-nautical color palette your apartment needs this summer; hang it in your entry for a warm welcome. 

If you can’t stand your tiled floors…

Until you save up for your dream flooring, pick up a statement rug to tide you over. This one’s mix of color-blocking and stripes feels really fresh, and it’s also perfect for hiding a wall-mounted TV. Get the how-to here.

If you need another place to lounge…

Yes, it’s monochrome, but with its architectural arms and juxtaposed stripes, this chair is anything but boring. Consider this a sign that it’s finally time to get that reading nook you’ve always wanted. Add a throw blanket in something like burnt orange or zingy citron for some contrast. 

If you’re in charge of the next summer soiree…

Are you the go-to dinner party host in your friend group? Then you need this chic cake stand in your life. Don’t be afraid to use it for serving savory things like appetizers, too.

If you recently bought a bar cart

Dress it up with some funky Beetlejuice-esque wine cups. With their slightly imperfect stripes, these porcelain pieces are so much cooler than plain old glassware.

If your bedroom needs a revamp…

Your best bet for changing up your room without spending a ton is getting new bedding. This blush print offers a more subdued color moment, perfect for the decorator just dipping a toe into vibrant decor. 

If you just moved into your first apartment…

Dinnerware definitely makes the list of first-apartment essentials. One cannot exist on takeaway poke bowls alone. Xenia Taler’s bamboo plates are not only sustainable (they’re made from excess material and are reusable) but also super-stylish with their asymmetrical design.

If you’re trying to get into the Memphis revival…

This pitcher offers a toned-down take on ’80s Memphis design. Use it to house the sunflowers you treat yourself to at the farmers’ market this summer—or as a practical water vessel to keep on hand at your desk.

If you’re ready to graduate from IKEA glassware…

It’s definitely a splurge, but this glassware set is a design aficionado’s dream. Handblown in Murano, each cup features rose-hued stripes made of melted colored crystal. They’re begging to be the star of your kitchen’s open shelving

See more patterns we love:
Yes, Polka Dots Can Actually Be Chic
Jungle-Print Wallpaper That’ll Convince You to Go Wild
How to Decorate With Animal Print If You Hate Animal Print

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