Using stripes in decorating can work to your advantage by tricking the eye. Horizontal stripes can make a small or narrow room appear wider (a fact I learned the hard way from an unfortunate purchase of horizontal striped pants!). To make a room seem taller, use vertical stripes.
In your mind, you’re probably picturing striped painted walls, right? Well, that’s one way to accomplish the look, but it’s a bolder step than many are willing to take. Other, more subtle ways, include a striped rug or even hanging your curtains from floor to ceiling to create long, vertical lines within a space. Just look how much taller the window on the right looks in the picture below!
Stripes are very classic and can work in any room and any style, but in general, horizontal stripes tend to be more modern looking than vertical. Also, tone-on-tone stripes, or even using a single color but two different finishes, creates a more refined and muted look, whereas contrasting or bright colors creates a more playful or edgy feel.