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Photo by John Harper/Corbis

Photo by John Harper/Corbis

The quintessential summer print is the cabana stripe, which conjures up nostalgic visions of sun-kissed sand, frolicking in the waves, and salt-tinged sea air. Work these stripes into your place—both inside and out—and even a typically boring Tuesday at home will feel like a staycation.

Cabana Stripes Indoors

Photo by David Tsay

Photo by David Tsay

What’s more inviting than a blue-and-white rug in your entryway? One word: nothing. It practically throws come-hither glances at your guests. The happy-go-lucky colors speak to carefree days of seaside picnics and make even the grandest foyer seem welcoming and comfortably lived-in.

Photo by Annie Schlechter/GMA Images

Photo by Annie Schlechter/GMA Images

Dressed to the nines in natty stripes, this room looks chicly refined thanks to the paper’s neutral cream-and-white combo. You might worry that noir accents (get a load of the black picture-frame action on that salon-style wall) would seem harsh, but they actually dial up the drama of the subdued wall color.

Photo by Jessie Webster

Photo by Jessie Webster

If you’re not ready to commit to a full room of wallpaper, focus instead on a single accent wall: the end of your hallway, the space between two rooms, one wall in your bathroom. And when it comes to black-and-white stripes, go for the gold. If black and white are ice cream, gold, bronze, or brass are the cherry on top.

Photo by Lonny.com

Photo by Lonny.com

There’s something terribly sexy about a black-and-white striped couch (even one that doesn’t sit under a Catherine Deneuve Belle de Jour poster). Flank it with two solid-color chairs, or flip the look and opt for two striped armchairs around a single-hue couch.

 

Cabana Stripes Outside

Photo courtesy of the Meredith Corporation

Photo courtesy of the Meredith Corporation

With their outdoor origins, cabana stripes are a natural fit for patio furniture, recalling lazy days of poolside cocktails in some fabulous faraway resort town. Sticking to black-and-white stripes lends an elevated look, while mixing in throw pillows in solids or other patterns ensures that your outside hang space looks as design-conscious as its indoor counterparts.

Photo by Lonny.com

Photo by Lonny.com

Painting the walls and ceiling of your covered patio gives it a jewel-box feel, as if it’s hiding a special secret. You can easily tackle this paint job on a  weekend: Just mark your stripes with painter’s tape, and go to town with a paint roller—easy-peasy. Choose a light blue for a breezy vibe that’s equal parts sweet and stylish, and mix in a few patterned throw pillows as a finishing touch.

Photo by House and Leisure/GMA Images

Photo by House and Leisure/GMA Images

Not only does an outdoor hanging canopy remind us of Arabian Nights-style tents, but it’s also a smart, stylish way to festoon a small space. Check out this DIY canopy bed our übertalented stylist Megan Pflug created for Design*Sponge and modify it for your terrace, letting the top of the fabric drape for an even more romantic feel.

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