Can I use checks and stripes together?


I have 7.5' wall with 2 windows which has 1" black and white checked curtains and below windows is a partial 3 foot wall.My question is with checked curtains do you think it would look right to do vertical gray stripes under my windows and if so how wide should the stripes be and how far apart should the stripes be. Also NOTE: that one wall has 1" checked backslash. I will post pics so you all can get a better idea of what i am doing.Thanks for any and all suggestions and please do be honest i will not be offended by anyone. I am open to other ideas for the partial wall.

q checks and stripes together
q checks and stripes together
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  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Apr 03, 2019

    Hi Susan, I think black stripes would look just fine with the checks. I would do a wider stripe maybe 3" wide so that you have a little more contrast between the wall and curtains.

    • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Apr 03, 2019

      The gray is a great idea and will tie it all together.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Apr 03, 2019

    Hi Susan, I think grey stripes as you suggested would look great! I would do a pale, wide grey stripe and they would blend in beautifully. Greg is such a hot neutral right now that you can pair it with just about anything. Have fun ;)

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    • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Apr 03, 2019

      Oh, I didn't even think of smaller, wide spaced stripes... I think with the pale grey (the same as the cabinets) it would look nice. Looking like board and batten would add a nice look and touch. You can always do one section and see how you like it. You can also use painters tape (the low tack green one) and place it on the wall. It wouldn't be the right colour but would give you a sense if you like the spacing. I hope you will share some pics when you are done. I'd love to see how it all looks :)

  • Rymea Rymea on Apr 03, 2019

    You need wide stripes both the stripe and the space between. 3" or larger would be good.

    The rule of mixing patterns is that you can use a stripe, geometric (that is your checks) and a floral all together but the sizes have to be very different.

    Actually you are already breaking the rule since you have two different check patterns the same size.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Apr 04, 2019

    I agree with the others about doing the stripes in a wide pattern. In addition, how about painting the cabinet under the window in the red that you have in your backsplash? Just be sure to do the proper prep for the material that the cabinet is made of. Instead of the red cloth under the microwave, use a non slip shelf liner in black. Cut it just the size you need for the microwave. These small changes will update your look even more. I would also get some really funky cute knobs for this cabinet. Here's the link:

  • William William on Apr 04, 2019

    If your going for the board and batten look 1" stripes 12" apart would be the way to go but you would need to paint the window apron and baseboard same gray to complete the look. Otherwise it would just look like strips on a wall and not board and batten. I like the wide stripe idea. 3" or 4" stripes with a same size space in between would look better. It would a contrast against the small checks in the curtains.

  • [re]FɄB19 [re]FɄB19 on Apr 04, 2019


    I think your kitchen, with its bright colors and tiles, has the ultra-modern look of the late 60s, early 70s. Rather than put stripes to copy board & batten that will give a more country style vibe, I would accentuate the current look. I would opt for stripes of different widths and colors: white, black, red and gray. I would also mix finishes, between ultra matte and ultra glossy. See image below.

    Good luck! :)

  • Dee Dee on Apr 05, 2019

    I like the idea of using wider gray stripes. It will bring a cohesive look to the area. Also some red accessories, like a spoon rest or canister would look good. Home Goods has a ton of red accessories.

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Apr 06, 2019

    I like [re]FUB19's idea on going retro. The red, black and white backsplash colors date to the 50s. The vertical stripes will just look busy. Whereas the horizontal stripes that repeat the colors in your backsplash will tie the two areas together. There is nothing wrong with using stripes with checks or any other pattern as long as the patterns have a common color. In your kitchen the red of the backsplash jumps out. Make the most of it by repeating the color.