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Melia Mineral Roller blind

Six ways to use striped blinds in a nautical décor scheme

For a stylish seaside feel

avatar of Tara Hall

by Tara Hall

Just as we rely upon the ebb and flow of the tide, you can expect the coastal trend to return to fashion time and time again. ‘Nautical but nice’ décor has the wow-factor all year round, but proves particularly popular over the summer months.

Ever since the first sailor donned a Breton shirt - and early tourists relaxed in stripy deckchairs - stripes have been associated with the seaside. The motif is also ideal for interiors, as it has a classic appeal which never seems to date. If you’d like to introduce the pattern to your home with striped blinds, here are our favourite ways to ‘learn your lines’.

Choose a cool palette

Blue and white combinations are ideal if you’d like to add a ‘splash’ of coastal cool to your surroundings. In this case, we picked out Downton Blue Roman blinds for our conservatory. The overall effect is wonderfully refreshing - just like dipping your toes in the ocean!

Go traditional or contemporary

One of the best things about stripes is their versatility. Ticking stripes have a traditional feel, while bold blocks of colour supply a contemporary vibe. This Stewart Charcoal Roman blind combines the best of both worlds in our study.

Stewart Charcoal Roman blind View Roman blind

Pick ice cream tones

If blues aren’t your cup of tea, how about a smattering of sugary shades instead?  Ice cream tones are brilliant for recreating that ‘stroll along the promenade’ feel. This Hatti Raspberry design from our latest Roman blinds range was just the ticket for our living room.

Hatti Raspberry Roman blinds View Roman blind

Layer your stripes

The good news is that the fun doesn’t have to stop when you find the right striped blinds. For a lovely layered look, you could team them with stripy curtains. In our bedroom, these Riviera Mist curtains were the perfect partners for our Hatti Mineral Roman blind.

Riviera Mist curtains and Hatti Mineral Roman blind View Roman blind

Mix different prints

Another benefit of stripes is that they’re great mixers. As well as working beautifully together, they complement florals, polka dots and most other prints. In our little one’s room, we paired a Lollipop Red Roman blind with these fun Anchors Away curtains. All hands on deck!

Anchors Away curtains and Lollipop Red Roman blind View Roman blinds

Accessorise the space

Once your windows are gleaming like the ship’s galley, it’s time to consider the small details. Here, we went to town with a beautiful beach hut theme to finish off our Harrogate Blue Roller blinds. And you can set the scene too, with distressed driftwood and sea shell ornaments.

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