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Even timeless patterns can sometimes feel tired. Example: Stripes are a classic, but 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 present (and 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. We’re talking Moroccan rugs, hand-painted pottery, and bubblegum pink cabana stripes.

If Your Walls Need a Boost

Wallpaper is a big decision, but stripes feel safe and enduring while still statement making. If you’re anything like entrepreneur Katie Sturino, you might consider saving the fun for your ceilings. 

If You Need to Soften Things Up

A rug can tie a room together, especially when it has a bold pattern to draw in the eye. Fluffy Moroccan rugs and jazzed-up jutes will make you question why you ever went plain. 

If Your Bedroom Needs a Revamp

The beachy energy that a striped duvet brings to a bed makes it an ideal switch on that first warm day. 

If You Need Another Place to Lounge

Patterned upholstery tends to lean a tad granny, but a stripe keeps things clean, modern, and graphic. 

If You’re in Charge of the Next Soiree

We love a pattern-on-pattern table setting, which is why we say, Yes, do pair your striped dinner plates with that striped tablecloth!