Stripes Worth Saluting: Calico Tracks Trend in Home Decor

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While versatile stripes never go out of fashion, they're trending bigger and bolder at Calico Corners–Calico Home

Awning stripes such as Ensign from Calico Corners-

"Bold stripes and wide stripes are a hot look now," adds Jan Jessup. "They're great companions to the strong graphic prints on the market in floral, aviary and other patterns."

There are not many patterns that have been in fashion for more than 300 years. "Stripes are always in style," says Jan Jessup, director of communications for the Calico Corners – Calico Home stores. "Think of ticking stripes, sailor-shirt stripes, regency stripes, tone-on-tone stripes, menswear stripes, ombred stripes, multi-color stripes, awning stripes, nautical stripes, flag stripes, flour-sack stripes, pinstripes and seersucker stripes. Stripes take the prize for versatility!" she notes.

While stripes never seem to go out of fashion, they're back in a big way—literally. "Bold stripes and wide stripes are a hot look now," adds Jessup. "They're great companions to the strong graphic prints on the market in floral, aviary and other patterns." Stripes are clean-lined and streamlined—and can look modern without being trendy. A two-color or multi-color stripe is a way of bringing more color into a room without a riot of pattern.

"Stripes are usually run vertically on furniture or window treatments—however, we're seeing more and more stripes run horizontally, like a bold rugby shirt," observes Jessup. "This is a more casual application and can be a fun look on informal furniture—or a way to rev up a more traditional piece." Stripes can also be mitered on pillows and tableskirts for visual interest and to show off custom workmanship.

Why do stripes have such enduring appeal? "They're orderly when life is messy," says Jessup. They add the illusion of height to a room or a window. They can be quiet and elegant, as in ombred silk stripes. They can be breezy casual and colorful. "Stripes are great mixers with other prints and patterns," she adds. "The right stripe can add zest and freshen an existing interior. Stripes come in a splendid variety of scales, textures and colors at Calico. They're timeless, they're trendy, they're now."

About Calico Corners
Calico Corners – Calico Home stores provide expert decorating advice and free in-home design consultation in more than 90 stores across the country. Consumers will find thousands of designer fabrics for the home at value prices; custom window treatments, blinds and shades; custom upholstered furniture, slipcovers, bedding and more. Thousands of fabrics are available online. For more information or to find the nearest store, visit http://www.CalicoCorners.com or call (800) 213-6366.

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