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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.