Back in my early twenties I was a huge fan of Asian-influenced decorating. My first rental home was decorated in traditional style with heavy influences of the Orient. Then my older sister showed me an issue of Country Living magazine and everything changed. I fell in love with casual country style and never looked back. A tried and true staple of country decor is ticking stripe and today I’m sharing various ways to use its subtle beauty throughout the home.
You’ll typically find ticking stripe fabric in blue and red, but it’s also available in khaki, black, yellow, and even green. Ticking is a tightly woven, durable cotton or linen textile. Traditionally found on mattresses and pillows, it’s moved beyond the realm of utilitarian objects.
It’s a sure-fire way to add homespun style to a bedroom. Used on bedding, pillows, or as curtains, you simply can’t go wrong with its timeless appeal.
Used in the dining room, a blue ticking stripe chair is pleasingly paired with a large buffalo check pillow in red.
Add country flair to a dining nook with quaint ticking curtains. Purchase them pre-made or buy the fabric and make the yourself!
Ticking is a highly durable fabric, perfect for re-upholstering dining chairs. Mix and match the fabrics for a custom look, as featured in this French country dining room.
Ticking stripes aren’t always thin. Roman shades include thick and thin stripes on ticking fabric.
Ticking stripe doesn’t have to be relegated to fabric. Here, a country striped wallpaper lends a charming touch.
A classic Chesterfield sofa is upholstered in blue stripes to give it a casual vibe.
One thing you can be assured of – ticking won’t go out of fashion. It looks great in a variety of decorating styles, from country to classic to transitional … even modern!
If you’re not a huge fan of stripes, consider adding a couple of ticking pillows.
Less common green ticking stripe looks great in outdoor spaces.
As I write this, I realize I have both red and blue ticking stripe fabrics sitting in a drawer, waiting to be used in some way shape or form. Maybe I’ll make some family room pillows for the summer season.
Do you have any ticking stripe in your home?