On Trend with Black and White Stripes
I LOVE STRIPES and was delighted to see an eclectic mix showcased in 25 Beautiful Homes ‘November Trends, What’s New and Must Have Buys’. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment of embracing “this season’s passion for stripes”. Not only do stripes stand the test of time, but they can also be successfully mixed in a wide range of schemes, from traditional to contemporary, adding interest and character. I particularly like the striking contrast of black and white stripes, and in keeping with Australian Vogue Living’s Social Edit recent shout out to monochromatic schemes, I have put together some of my favourites.
For fabrics and wallpapers, nobody does stripes quite like Ian Mankin and Ralph Lauren. Ian Mankin’s tickings are always a firm favourite, as well as Ralph Lauren’s Pine Island Stripe, Mill Pond Stripe and Basil Stripe. All of these can be mixed together, as well as with plain fabrics, to great effect. As for the detail, Samuel & Sons produce some stunning trims and the Preston Silk Striped Border is a fabulous finishing touch!
We have already put many of these fabrics to good use! As seen in the title image of this blog, we used Ralph Lauren’s Atlantic Linen Stripe to make some oversized bespoke cushions, measuring 65cm x 65cm. The cushions not only add comfort, but also a dynamic and decorative punctuation to this masculine playroom scheme. They sit harmoniously against the simple black sofa and stunning wall of black and white framed photography.
We also used Ian Mankin’s classic Ticking 01 Black to reupholster a stunning pair of antique Victorian slipper chairs for occasional use. The black and white stripe has been used vertically against the back to sit harmoniously with the proportions of the chair and careful consideration has also been given to the piping to provide an accent to the finishing detail. The chairs are a versatile addition to any interior, but we have chosen to contrast their traditional heritage with a modern black side table.