Florals and Stripes and Everything Nice

We share our favorite examples of floral patterns existing as the perfect pair for classic stripes
Words By Miranda Valentine
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Quick, close your eyes. When you think of chic, summertime outdoor decor, what do you see? Soft seating swathed in navy stripes, maybe? This gravitation toward classic stripes in the summer makes sense.

After all, stripes act as a neutral when paired with the blooms of our summer gardens and landscapes. They play a trusty supporting role—to both of Maine’s summer stars, the landscape and the sea. Happily, this pattern play can continue long after the petals fall and umbrellas fold. We’ve rounded up a handful of florals and stripes that pair perfectly

Wallflower Power

You may not be encouraged to play with your food at the dining table, but playing with patterns is another thing entirely. We love the idea of a classic, striped wingback chair at the head of the table, providing just enough contrast to bright, floral plates.

Dessert plates,
Wingback armchair, Simply Hom

Floral, Blue, and Ecr

Imagine stunning custom drapes made in this floral Brunschwig & Fils pattern – how gorgeous would they look paired with a vintage Indian Dhurrie rug in a complimentary blue and ecru that could support without pulling focus?


Rug, 1stDibs.

Balancing Act

I have had this wallpaper in my entry hall, paired with black and white tile. Swapping the tile for a black and white striped rug in a less-trafficked location would be perfection. Good news for those who are commitment phobes or DIY lovers: the wallpaper comes in a removable, peel-and-stick format.


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