When it comes to working on a design project that requires graphics, I can get a little overly excited. With that said, one of my favorite ways to use graphics is with stripes. Whether traditional, modern, contemporary, or whatever the case may be, it can quickly help enhance a space. I cannot forget to mention the choice of going horizontal or vertical, leaves the possibilities of endless open. Either one will make for a stylish focal wall. Also, no rule says you should have one without the other. I love the fact that stripes can also be diagonal. Pretty cool, huh?

This dynamic and detailed graphic will not only change the look, vibe, and atmosphere of a room, but can magically reshape and transform through the illusion of fuller, more height, or just a playful atmosphere. Stripes are incredibly versatile. From elegant, tone-on-tone, classic, a unique color palette, bright and bold, or subtle and straightforward. Oh, and by the way, there is another additional bonus – they mix perfectly with florals, solids, patterns, which validate they can go just about anywhere.

Going Vertical or Horizontal?

  • Vertical create the illusion of height, which in return will make ceilings appear higher than they are.

  • Tone-on-Tone such as matte, glossy, or a version of the same color creates a more classic vibe.

  • Bright and bold colors create a perfect contrast.

  • Horizontal is more modern but tend to make rooms feel a bit wider. They can be playful, bold, and fun.

Design Tips: Just in case there is a little intimidation with using stripes in a vast space, try a small area such as a powder room, hallway, or foyer.

  • Stripes are graphic and can stand alone to make an impact. So, be careful not to clash. I love color, and colors that generally do not blend, if done right, any color can match. Once again, this is my opinion. As a designer, I do not limit or set boundaries on how the world thinks design should be. I was born to break design rules, and that is what I do.

  • With a more substantial room displaying stripes, I prefer wider. In a small room, I prefer thin, but not limited to using both.

  • To create a subtle technique, use flat and glossy stripes, which will add perceived depth, dimension, and not to mention a splash of character.

  • A mix of full and skinny stripes can be playful.


Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.