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‘Stripes Alive’ trend refreshes classic stripes with a modern and funky touches

Interior design trends are always changing, and that includes wallpaper. But something new has been happening in interiors in the last couple years: lots of time at home combined with internet access has enabled people to find trends from different countries and eras, mixing them together to create some fantastic and energetic new trends.

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This is especially true of striped wallpaper: a true classic of interior design styles across the centuries.

You might think that horizontal or vertical stripe wallpapers have been used in every way imaginable, but designers are getting really creative with them.

And we’re seeing stripes used in all sorts of new ways, mixing traditional, modern and eclectic design elements to great effect.

We call this new trend Stripes Alive: the traditional stripe wallpaper taken to new heights through mixing with funky and fun modern design twists.

Check out some of these great examples of Stripes Alive in action!

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Stripes Alive #1. Stripes meet mad maximalist florals

This wallpaper trend is all about going big and bold. Over-sized floral prints are combined with thick stripes to create a look that’s both eye catching and dramatic. This is the perfect style for making a statement in any room, whether it’s a living room, bedroom or even a bathroom. The skulls hidden away amongst the undergrowth make this wallpaper even more dramatic

Design: A Beautiful Thing is Never Perfect by Magnus Gjoen
50cm x 10m roll £129/€149/$169 from Feathr.com

Stripes Alive #2. Bamboozle your walls

This trend takes the classic tropical wallpaper look and gives it a luxurious twist with metallic accents. One ideas is to create thick stripes that are combined with palm fronds, leaves and other tropical motifs to create a glamorous and exotic look. This is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to any room. Another is to create the stripes themselves from tropical elements: such as bamboo stripes picked out by a glamorous bronze metallic finish, offset against a deep teal background.

Design: Waya Luxe
50cm x 10m roll £149/€179/$189 from Feathr.com

Stripes Alive #3. Let the dogs out.

This trend is all about mixing different design elements to create something truly unique. In this design, a traditional floral stripe wallpaper is combined with a playful dog and chain print. The You Don’t Find the Light by Avoiding the Darkness wallpaper features duos of Dobermann Pinschers standing eye to eye with each other, bound together with a chain and key. The use of florals on the coats of the dogs softens their profiles to create a purple floral dog pattern wallpaper that is brimming with strength and control.

Design: You Don’t Find The Light by Avoiding the Darkness by Magnus Gjoen
50cm x 10m roll £129/€149/$169 from Feathr.com

Stripes Alive #4 . Fit for the Gods.

A clever twist from the past can make a striped wallpaper modern. The Pantheon wallpaper brings ancient history and classic elegance to your walls – featuring graceful blue and cream stripes with intricate illustrations of Greek statues set against them. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of sophistication or bring some antiquity to your décor, this stunning wallpaper is sure to impress.

Design: Pantheon
50cm x 10m roll £99/€119/$129 from Feathr.com

Stripes Alive #5. Rope in some Scandinavian hygge.

This wallpaper trend takes the classic nautical stripe and gives it a Scandinavian twist. In this design, stripes are combined with a rope print to create a look that’s both modern and traditional. This is perfect for adding a touch of coastal style to any room. The Palmikko wallpaper is created with gorgeous Scandinavian motifs and colours that encourage relaxation and restraint. 

Design: Palmikko by minttu
50cm x 10m roll £129/€149/$169 from Feathr.com

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Stripes Alive #6. Unleash the jungle.

This wallpaper trend is all about going big and bold. In this design, a jungle print is formed into thick stripes to create a look that’s both eyecatching and dramatic. With its wild animal prints and eclectic mix of nature scenes, this wallpaper is perfect for anyone who wants to bring some funky stripe wallpaper into their home.  Whether you use it as a living room wallpaper, a bedroom wallpaper, or to brighten a home office, this maximalist tropical wallpaper is guaranteed to add personality and style to any space.

Design: Serengeti
50cm x 10m roll £99/€119/$129 from Feathr.com

Stripes Alive #7. When stripes go modernist

(Image: Shutterstock/BergDmitry)

If you are looking for modern take on stripe wallpaper, this wallpaper designed by artist Tim Muddiman is the perfect choice. The blue funky geometric wallpaper design features blocks, lines and angles that create a rhythmic pattern across the design. Clever use of colour creates shadow that draws us deeper into the rectangular latticework. Use this blue wallpaper as inspiration in a living space and coordinate with complementary blue soft furnishings.

Design: Another Level byTim Muddiman
50cm x 10m roll £129/€149/$169 from Feathr.com

(Lead image: Shutterstock/BergDmitry)

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