Here at The Chromologist, we are big advocates of “the fifth wall” – or ceiling – as a place to include in your decorating plans. It might be the summer influence, but we’re also currently into stripes. Hence we felt thrills when we stumbled accross the work of designers Kim Haddou and Florent Dufourcq and in particular their reading room at Design Parade Toulon, a festival open until 30 September that’s dedicated to interior architecture. 10 young architects were tasked with creating various rooms based on the theme of a holiday home on the Mediterranean coast. Kim and Florent received the Grand Prix Van Clef and Arpels for their reading room, complete with its sunny striped ceiling and it’s got us spiralling into how stripes can be used more broadly to decorate a room. Beginning with their project, below are some tips and ideas we’ve gathered to explore the idea.
Stripes to give the illusion of a wider room
Kim Haddou told us, “we decided to focus the project on typical mediterranean materials and architecture to give a really contextualized space. The library which is dug into the wall is an echo to ancient interiors in the mediterranean area. The stripes on the ceiling are evocative of sunshades and parasols that you can find along the French Riviera. We choose this color because we wanted to have a really light and sunny ceiling, which gives a soft and peaceful atmosphere. The room was really narrow, so of course the stripes helped us to give the illusion of a wider space.”
Stripes to make a focal point of windows
Stripes as detail – on furniture and as rugs
Italian fabric house Dedar is a mine of inspiration and on today’s theme didn’t disappoint. Regimen fabric in (colour 12) Strawberry Sorbet will turn most sofas, however ordinary, into swans. Try against yellow, green or brown for a dreamy colour combination.
We love the way the below imperfectly striped Labyrinth rug from Heal’s works along with the Dash cushion and Benjamin pendant lights to journey the eye around various rosy accents in this room. The half-height green paint also helps to frame the furniture and adds a very thick stripe effect to the backdrop.
Stripes as the dominant decorating feature on your walls
Very simply, this is about sticking stripes all over your walls. Try one of Farrow & Ball’s wallpapers, such as Block Print Stripe (above and below) if you want a colour combination that the experts have come up with for you. Or if you want to take matters into your own hand, you could contemplate doing your own hand painted stripes in the paint colours of your choosing. See designer Rhonda Drakeford’s fabulously wonky hand drawn black stripes for inspiration.
Stripes on stripes – opposing colours and directions
Farrow & Ball’s Chromatic Stripe wallpaper comes in five different colourways designed, for the adventurous decorator, to mix or match (as seen above). The idea of taking the stripes in different directions adds playfulness to a room design. If working this look across full walls feels too daring, try painting a smaller chair or chest in stripes that run in the opposite direction – either in the same colours…
…or in contrasting shades.