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Striped carpets can provide a great alternative to more complex patterns or single colour carpets when used in the right way. If you are creating a room with a retro feel, a striped carpet is the easiest way to achieve the effect while retaining a modern feel and avoiding 70’s retro wallpaper. When combined with pale coloured walls and minimalist furnishings the room appears stylish without seeming dated.

One of the most common applications for striped carpet is carpet runners. These are strips of carpet which are laid over hardwood stair floorings to create a central carpeted area, leaving a few inches either side exposed, which can either be laminated or painted. When used in this way the stripes should run down the stairs as opposed to across them. This technique is normally complimented with white walls in the stairway. The colour scheme can be as simple or as complex as the surrounding decor allows.

If you are looking to use striped carpet to cover the entire floor area of a room a black and white pattern will create a very high contrast. When combined with a uniform striped pattern the result may be too garish. A more vibrant colour scheme will help break up the pattern especially if it includes more than two colours.

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In most cases the walls should be decorated using a single colour per wall to maximise the effect of the stripes. Subtle patterns can compliment striped carpet quite well as it does not attract attention away from the carpet to such a degree that it clashed but strong patterns or striped walls may cause unwanted imbalances in perspective.

If you are replacing stairway carpet but leaving behind a plain carpet in the hall or landing a black and white carpet may be the most suitable stripe pattern. Regardless of the colour of the plain carpet this colour scheme should fit right in. A patterned carpet at either end of the stairs will contract strongly against the stripes and detract from the effect.

When used effectively, striped carpet can product a clean, spacious feel to a room. By avoiding sensory overload from other furnishings and decor a retro or minimalist theme can easily be achieved.

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Source by Luke Hynek

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