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Debbie TRAVIS - King Features Syndicate


Dear Debbie: I am a fan of stripes, which becomes obvious if anyone looks in my closet. Wearing them is one thing, but is it too much to decorate a wall when the space is quite small? — Cynthia


Dear Cynthia: It’s a great idea to indulge in your passion for stripes as a decorative element in your home. Stripes are so versatile; you can choose the perfect combination of colors and sizes to fit your mood and your space. There are a few points to consider. Vertical stripes are most common, best suited to large rooms where the eye is drawn up. In these rooms, stripes should be wide; pinstripes would be too busy. For a small room you can have fun with stripes of various sizes. Consider horizontal stripes too; they will make the room appear larger. Horizontal stripes provide a contemporary feel -- youthful and fresh. You can paint them on the wall with lots of measuring and painter’s tape. I’d look for wallpapers, which would not be too expensive if you are decorating a small room or decide on a focal wall. The bigger the contrast between stripes, the stronger the impact. Bold is fun but can be tiring. Also think about what else is going on. Stripes mix with all patterns, but don’t make the room too busy.


Thinking of a more subtle application for those stripes? The bedroom shown here, featured on, combines a collection of materials that share a linear perspective. Fine lines in the grasscloth provide warmth and texture on the walls. The bedspread incorporates matte and shiny stripes in the same golden hue. Three contrasting bands on the overhead lamp are crisp accents. The carpet and the grid