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The big interior design trends for 2014 encompass everything from pretty pastels to striking stripes with designers and bloggers everywhere recommending statement striped carpets to add a much needed touch of drama to any room.

Striped carpets have come a long way over the years and are brilliant for improving the feel of your interior spaces with minimal hassle. A carefully chosen stripe design used in a hallway or on a staircase can increase the feeling of space as well as adding some fun to your existing décor scheme so it’s worth giving it a thought.

Perfect for hallways, bedrooms and living rooms, striped carpets are versatile, stylish and durable. Follow our tips to bring the trend into your home.

1. ADD A STRIPED CARPET TO YOUR HALLWAY

If you have a small hallway and want to lengthen it without undertaking major renovations, simply introduce a striped carpet on your stairs. Paired with a plain carpet in your hallway, this contrast gives the illusion of a bigger space.

Stripes also introduce a fun burst of colour to your interiors which can be further accentuated by painting a feature wall in a corresponding colour.

2. MAKE A STATEMENT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

Stripes can make a really effective design statement in any space. By keeping the main scheme neutral and opting for dramatic furnishings such as marble fireplaces and bold mirrors, you can play with scale in a highly sophisticated manner. Colourful stripes stop a room from being too austere and prevent it feeling bare.

3. SET A THEME

If you are feeling really bold, striped carpets can be a really effective way to develop the tone of a room. A monochrome theme is always a popular option and you can opt between bold and subtle designs depending on your preference. This subtle example is great for more subdued households and also demonstrates how you contrast two striped carpet designs for a big style impact.

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4. GO AGAINST THE GRAIN

Whether you can’t decide on a scheme for your guest room or fancy something less traditional for your baby’s nursery, stripes can be a welcome addition to an otherwise boring space.

Stripes can be happily contrasted against other patterns and paired with circular furnishings for a fab contemporary feel so don’t be afraid to experiment when introducing them into your home.

5. SHAKE UP YOUR STRIPES

Although many of us think of straight horizontal or vertical stripes as the chief design options, stripes actually come in all styles and shapes. As well as chevron-style patterns and zig-zags, you can also opt for curved stripes or waves. These bolder options might be best suited to rugs and mats rather than carpets to stop them overpowering the room but they’re still a great option.

6. STATEMENT STRIPES

A striped rug is the perfect way to bring a living room design right up to date and serves to make an instant impact in a formal space. For this wonderfully bright and airy room, choose a striped pattern with a dazzlingly bright colour and highlight this theme colour in accessories and furnishings.

If you’re worried the design will be a little too much if laid as carpet across the whole floor then opt for runners, rugs or mats instead – placing them on neutral wooden laminate or plain carpet in a complimentary shade.

Alternatively, be bold and fit a striped carpet throughout a room while keeping walls, furniture and accessories neutral and bare. You might just be surprised at the results…

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