Striped rugs are often considered the “neutral pattern of the world" because they are so easily incorporated into any room. But they're anything but boring: they direct the visual flow of a room and inject motion into the design. Rugs with straight, wavy, vertical, uniform or varying widths of stripes can make a design look professionally finished.
When selecting your striped rug, it is important to match the size of the stripes to the size of the room. Larger rooms can support wider stripes, while smaller rooms look larger with thinner stripes. The direction of the stripes should also be deliberate. Horizontal stripes may visually create a threshold, while vertical stripes can direct a visitor to a resting place or the next room.