Stripes. They are my second favourite decorating element after colour. Remember this stunner of a striped space from 2010; or this incredible lime striped bedroom from last year; or perhaps the stripe story of my old master bedroom? It’s fair to say, I’ve long loved a stripe! Yet, combine both colour and stripes and I’m in total make-you-smile style heaven!

So for the latest post in my Three Ways series I went on the hunt for some stripe-spiration (sorry, couldn’t resist!). I found a host of inspired ideas over at Carpetright and thought it would be useful to share some tips on how to get both colour and stripes right when it comes to statement flooring. First up is Maxi Stripe, which sees the use of several thin stripes in a regular repeat pattern. This is an ideal approach if you are keen to create warmth and draw together a larger, open plan space. This example shows how an otherwise vacuous and nondescript space – in terms of architecture and existing design features – comes alive thanks to a series of thin multicoloured stripes on the floor. The second example is Wide Stripe, which shows how a monochromatic combination of thick black and grey striped wooden flooring brings visual emphasis and drama to a kitchen/dinner. By running the stripes vertically across the space, they draw the eye through the room and to the galley-style kitchen along the back wall. notice how the wall tiles are laid horizontally to provide a contrast between the two main surface areas of the room. Runner Stripe is the third way to use colour and stripes to make the most of out your flooring, especially if you have a long and narrow space to decorate. Here a colourful striped carpet runner is used to draw the eye from the darker foreground area of the hallway to the gorgeous statement window beyond; it also provides striking visual, and tactile, contrast with the polished concrete floors. Which of these three ways of decorating with colour and stripes do you like best?

* // Photography by Carpetright


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. The runner carpet is divine. You are so right about how it makes you look at the window because I did that right away!!

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips as I am currently redoing our family room and I was worried stripes would be too difficult to get right. It’s a large space so I think we will go for the maxi stripe idea you propose. Thank you!

  3. Hi Will, so funny. My post today is a sneak peek at the pediatric dentist’s office I’m decorating here in the States and I have a gray thin striped carpet being installed. (to hide all the itty bitty shoe prints) I love those fat stripes you show on the floor too.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.