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As versatile as wood floors - stripes fit many home color schemes

November 08, 2013

Cimarron Hardwood Flooring - Room SceneAmong patterns used in home design, stripes are versatile enough to make a design statement in both contemporary and traditional settings, paired with other prints or in monochromatic color schemes. When wood floors are part of a room design where stripes predominate, a strong choice would be the texture and grain of Anderson's Cimarron collection.

When homeowners want to brighten a dark corner, they can count on stripes to give it a crisp, fresh look. According to, stripes can bring attention in one area and detract from another that's not as pleasing, particularly when they are played against architectural details like slanted ceilings.

Martha Stewart Living magazine suggested that home decorators try their hand at making their own striped designs with painter's tape and fabric paint on plain canvas cloth or cushion covers. The designs can be a mix of wide and narrow stripes and as simple or elaborate as the painter's whims dictate. The same technique can also be used to create other patterns to complement the stripes.

Narrow down color options
If fabrics had personalities, then stripes would be the true extroverts of home design. Narrow or wide, light or dark, they create visual interest that few other patterns can muster.

However, one question that arises when using them is whether to have a neutral offset a brighter color or allow only bolder hues in the pattern. Staying with a classic, two-color combination is one way that homeowners can simplify their choices, especially if they are having difficulty selecting a color scheme.

"By narrowing down your decorating options by color pairs, you give yourself the ability to make a quick decision about cushions and accessories for your patio," design writer Alyssa Davis wrote in The Epoch Times.

Davis likes to go with less traditional shades of classic combos. One of her favorite pairs is navy blue and tan, a crisp look that goes well with many tones found in hardwood flooring and wicker or willow furniture. For accents, nearly any bold color works with this duo. The same can be said of black and white, one of the most popular combinations.

Even seasonal combos such as red and green can be used year-round if the shades selected go beyond standard Christmas hues. Instead, homeowners can use deep cranberry or maroon as a companion to any number of green shades from bright lime to low-key olive.