The ultimate pattern for walls, the humble stripe has withstood the test of time. It can add a dose of drama to a living room, a neutral French accent to a boudoir, or a cheerful energy to any kitchen. Read on for the chicest of ways to dress your walls.

Free Play Image

Free Play

Stripes needn't mean whipping out the ruler and spirit level, as this free-hand effect stripe demonstrates. Choose earthy neutrals for a refreshingly relaxed take on classic pinstripes that'll give an artisanal edge to your space.

Natural Charm

Natural Charm

Add a focal point to your room and draw your eye through the space using a striped feature wall. Balance this bold effect with a coordinated tonal palette that's in keeping with your furniture for a harmonious look. Creamy shades and khaki greens look striking with rustic wooden furniture.

The Right Stripes

The Right Stripes

Play with the width of the stripes, like this home office space, which mixes the Colour of the Year 2016 Cherished Gold with a palette of different hues. Don't be afraid to add the odd stripe of unexpected contrasting colour – like the blue used here – for an utterly contemporary effect.

Look Sharp

Look Sharp

Bring some extra life to a suave monochrome scheme with a slither of neon. Just a hint of bright edging to a few stripes here and there will make your walls sing (or should that be zing?). Add a twist to Steel Symphony 2 stripes with Sweet Sundae 1 for a similar feel.

Offbeat

Offbeat

This one's for all those rule-breakers out there. Play with a blank wall by adding crisp, cheerful stripes and blocks in an irregular pattern – the more the merrier! Balance with areas of white and neutral greys to keep the look modern and grown-up.

French Accent

French Accent*

A dash of thin, light pink adds an understated feminine touch to any neutral bedroom in need of a softer feel. Accessorise with French-style furniture and blush-toned textiles for a boudoir with a certain Je ne sais quois. Try Flamingo Fun 6 on a background of Dusted Moss 2 to create a similar scheme.

Blurred Vision

Blurred Vision

Dispense of the masking tape altogether and go for a soft, blurred stripe technique. Radiating calm and tranquility, it's a creative way to dress your walls with colour without it becoming overwhelming. Pick a palette of colours using your bedding as colour inspiration – you can find the nearest colour match using the Dulux Visualizer app.

Cool and Collected

Cool and Collected

Your bedroom will be an oasis of zen with the help of these evenly-spaced horizontal stripes. Soft pistachio green with a white narrow stripe makes for a heavenly combo, creating subtle interest while keeping things serene.

Unsure which stripe is perfect for your home? Try the Dulux Visualizer App’s ‘mask’ function to play with colour schemes and combinations. Clever!

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