Another big pattern trend for Spring 2013 is stripes. Bold and graphic, these geometric prints make a statement no matter how you wear them. On your body or in your living room, you need to have a big personality to pull them off, or at least be able to interpret the trend correctly to feel comfortable in your own skin…er…stripes.
Stripes have been around forever in the design world. Inspired by the animal kingdom… who doesn’t love that stunning black and white coat of the iconic zebra. It’s hard to believe nature created such a perfect creature. And yes we have a perfect photo from Linda’s safari…see “South African Style”.
Photography by: Linda Smith
”The zebra is the most well-made and the most elegantly dressed; it has the figure and grace of the horse, the lightness of the deer and its coat, striped with black and white bands, arranged with so much regularity and symmetry, makes it seem as though nature used a ruler and compass to paint it,” wrote George-Louis Leclerc in mid-1700s.
So…even back then, stripes became the rage in fashion and décor. Traditionally associated with stuffy silks and over decorated windows, stripes have become a modern accent in today’s home. Interesting horizontal striped fabrics infused with metallic threads as window panels, subtle tonal changes in paint sheens in the foyer. Stripes are popular!
But head this, they are not for the faint of heart. At their most intense, black and white….or a little variation…a tone on tone accent. But all varieties will draw the eye, pop the design, and widen or heighten the space (depending on which direction they run).
So take note, and be wary of this stylish trend, and you can wear your stripes with honor!