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Nautical Stripes: See Why They're Classic for a Reason

October 03, 2023

Off the boat and into your home, nautical stripes deliver a timeless quality to any room.

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Photo: Jacob Snavely. From: Chango and Co..

All About Nautical Stripes

Stripes have a rich history in fashion, and they actually started as a fabric worn by outcasts. However, by the mid-14th century, stripes (particularly vertical) had become a sign of aristocracy and by the mid-1800s, stripes were the uniform for French navy seamen (it’s where the Breton stripe top comes from). Soon, seaside towns were bursting with stripes everywhere: umbrellas, bathing suits, beach tents, lounge chairs and more. It’s no wonder the pattern has become such an integral part of coastal design.

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Make a Moment With Stripes

Fresh and bright, the open floor plan living room is mostly white with a few curated pops of color. Navy-and-white striped armchairs and pillows stand out amidst the bleached space. Over the sofa is an aerial view of a day at the beach.

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Photo: Robert Peterson. From: Beacham & Company.

Try the Reverse

Poolside relaxation made chic. Instead of the traditional vertical stripes down the length of the cushion, these lounge chairs have chunky stripes along each side. Bright yellow umbrellas provide shade when you’re ready to take a break from the pool.

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Photo: G CRAWFORD. From: Massucco Warner Interior Design.

Opt for Classic Blue and White

The color combo of blue and white is always in style and the quintessential pairing for nautical stripes. A simple wooden armchair is dressed in the timeless stripe, and the walls are painted a light blue. Beadboard and beams add architectural details overhead, whereas, a knotted nubby area rug gives soft texture underfoot.

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