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To say that stripes are on-trend is something of a misnomer. As far as we're concerned, they were never off. There's much to love about the common stripe. It's crisp, clean and classically chic, but also a great way for the more conservative among us to introduce pattern into our homes. For those that are unwilling to commit to the more in-your-face motifs on offer, stripes are a perfect solution. They add interest, without taking over the show.
Stripes can go on walls, cushions, furniture or rugs - although, for the sake of your eyes, we recommend confining them to just one of these elements within a single space. Despite its simplicity, there's an inherent versatility to the stripe; you can go narrow, wide, horizontal, vertical, monochrome, colourful, bright or subdued.
We love mixing this trend with another of the season's big looks: block brights. Stripes are also great for manipulating space. You can create the illusion of height with vertical stripes running up a wall, or use thick, horizontal stripes to widen up a narrow space.
For outdoors, Crate & Barrel's classic wide-striped cushions (left, www.crateandbarrel.com) will give even a simple chair or bench an instant update.
Plus, their covers are >made from a fade-free fabric which means replacing those sorry looking, sun-bleached cushions every year will be a thing of the past.
Mathew bed linen, from Dh1,856, Missoni Home at Harvey Nichols, Dubai.
Cushion, Dh229, BoConcept Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi and Mall of the Emirates, Dubai; www.boconcept.ae
Nils chair, Dh395, Ikea stores nationwide from next month, www.ikeauae.com
Published: July 26, 2011 04:00 AM