Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stripes and Chinoiserie - Budget Pick & Inspiration Boards

I love combining stripes and Chinoiserie. Stripes, with their masculine, nautical, crisp, geometric boldness serve as the perfect counterpoint to the often more feminine and pretty side of Chinoiserie. I especially like using striped rugs.

A wonderful and budget friendly striped rug is the Ikea Stockholm Rand shown below and the same style rug above (Madeline Weinrib's Buche rug is very similar). This style rug is all the rage in shelter mags and with good reason. It is a show stopper. It is fantastic layered with a zebra rug above.

I have included inspiration boards of mine combining Chinoiserie and various striped rugs as well as rooms by other interior designers combining them. I am very tempted to purchase the Ikea Rand for my own home, switching out the antique Persian rug for it in the summer. I lived in a great house in Georgetown during law school where the owners took up all the Oriental rugs in the summer, replacing them with jute and sea grass, and they covered all the furniture with white slipcovers. Such a great summer look.


  1. Beth the striped rugs really do brighten a fresh and lighter look for spring and summer. Great examples as always.

    Art by Karena

  2. Such a timely post for me as I'm looking for a blue and white striped rug at the moment!