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Stripes are the like the neutrals of the pattern world. When it comes to wall decoration ideas for the bedroom, they can make as little or as much impact as you like. Whether you choose to paint the lines or opt for wallpaper, stripes are the least fussy and most cost-effective way to switch up bedroom wall design.

Follow along for a quick guide in using stripes to decorate, accentuate and elevate the most intimate space of your home.



A two-tone stripe in low-contrast shades is as classic as it gets and pairs well with elegant wooden furniture and crisp white linen.

STYLE TIP: A more modern approach to the striped bedroom wall design starts with a pure white stripe. Pair it with a bright, primary colour like red or yellow and you get a quirky, statement wall. Alternate with blues for some nautical flair. Or choose a pastel shade to create a soothing retreat.

Bedroom striped wall paint design with two contrast shades & elegant wooden furniture - Beautiful Homes

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Monochrome striped wall paint design for bedroom wall with matching bedroom décor - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Mind Manifestation Design


For striped wall paint design that truly standout, make them monochrome. Wall decoration ideas in black-and-white are an open invitation to bringing in a bit of Parisian chic to the bedroom. Pair with white and grey bed linen to soften the extreme contrast of light and dark on the walls. Black or white in other geometric forms pair well too, as seen here on the minimalistic wooden headboard.

STYLE TIP: Not for the faint of heart but bedroom décor accents in highlighter colours bright pink and orange pair extremely well monochrome striped wall paint design. Think of it as pop art in action.


Named after the German mathematician, the Hemlholtz illusion is something we’re all too familiar with – vertical stripes can be employed to make ceilings seem higher whereas horizontal stripes can make walls seem a bit wider. Use lines strategically in your bedroom wall design to draw the eyes in whichever direction they run.

Uniform stripes in alternating colours are the most commonly used in bedroom wall design and rightly so because lines in two or more different sizes or widths create a pattern that can look too busy. Here, a pinstriped wallpaper in coffee colours is best paired with a 

Coffee coloured vertical pinstriped wallpaper for bedroom wall design - Beautiful Homes

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cream-coloured headboard with even horizontal lines.

STYLE TIP: While browsing through bedroom wall decoration ideas, you will notice that vertical stripes are more striking when they are thinner whereas horizontal stripes make the most impact when they are thicker.


Paint isn’t the only way to create linear patterns, consider using multiple materials to create a truly one-of-a-kind bedroom wall design. If you have a large wall to decorate, consider alternating wooden and fabric panels with full-length mirrors. This more-is-more approach is best paired with large accent furniture, dazzling lights, tall headboards, statement rugs and plush bedding.

HACK: If you don’t have as much room to spare and regular stripes seem too fuddy-duddy, consider striped wallpaper in a metallic finish. Pair with gold or silver side tables, satin bedsheets and other metal bedroom décor for full-on glitzy affair.

Stripes on stripes wall design with bold grey headboard against the simple wood paneling - Beautiful Homes

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A striped bedroom wall design doesn’t have to exist in isolation. In this striking play of stripes on stripes, a bold grey headboard is juxtaposed against the simple wood panelling in a classic walnut finish. Contrast in the bedroom décor also comes from the different widths of the grey stripes against the narrow wooden grooves.

For more bedroom wall decoration ideas, think of striped walls as a frame or a blank canvas that can be used to display a prized piece of art, an oversized mirror and even something unexpected such as this geometric light installation featuring circle lamps in different shades of grey and white.

HACK: If you’re looking for wall decoration ideas featuring geometric lines but don’t want to commit to striped wall painted designs, introduce them into your bedroom wall design by opting for panelling in wood or wall grooving in plaster of paris.

STYLE TIP: By abstaining from colour on the walls, you are left with a wide range of options for other bedroom décor such as the bright orange pillow cases and duvet seen here.


If you’re on the lookout for bedroom wall decoration ideas in a more muted palette – think white, cream, beige, white and even grey – consider tone-on-tone stripes for quiet sophistication. By picking the same colour in a different finish or intensity, you can create a statement bedroom wall design without overwhelming the whole room. This will also leave you with plenty of room to experiment with stripes in other bedroom décor objects such as this dramatic rug featuring white stripes on a colour-blocked geometric pattern. The auburn stripes of the bed and it’s  headboard also offer a great colour contrast to the grey walls.

HACK: Another way to play it safe with striped bedroom wall design is to limit the pattern from taking over an entire surface. For 

Wall decoration for bedroom with wooden panel stripes of dark brown colour palette - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Azure Interiors

instance, the stripes here start a little below the ceiling and end at the floors. You can also use just a couple of horizontal stripes to create one oversized band going across the wall or create a thin strip of vertical stripes on both sides of a solid-coloured headboard.

Bedroom with colourful striped wall paint design & simple furniture for bedroom décor - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Jeetin Sharma Architecture


Multi-coloured stripes require a bit of derring-do but the payoff is an eye-catching bedroom wall design that needs very little assist from other elements in the room. The trick is to limit the pattern play to one wall and then stick to simple furniture with clean lines, furnishings and linen in solid colours and bedroom décor that is limited to only the absolute everyday essentials on display.

HACK: For colourway cues, look no further than British menswear designer Paul Smith. A champion of stripes, his striking multi-coloured patterns make use of every colour under the sun in a wide range of permutations and combinations that range from subtle and classic to seriously eccentric.

 A general rule to follow for an accent bedroom wall design is to pick a colour that is already present in the room for one of the stripes. Stick to just two colours or tone-on-tone palettes for the lines in smaller rooms. Bigger rooms can pull off the more experimental patterns with three or more colours.

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