If Union Jacks aren’t your print of choice, you may want to take a look at the stripy trend which is also sweeping through homes across the nation this summer.

Stripes are a very versatile pattern, they can be bold and brilliant or subtly stylish. Big or small, in muted tones or confidently clashing colours, stripes leave their mark on the look of a room, giving it character.

Vertical stripes, whether wide or narrow always draw the eye, so to make a big impact, try a stripy sofa.

The Duresta Trafalgar three seater sofa is a luxury striped sofa with all the bells and whistles – or rather tassels. With its vivid purple stripes it’s certainly no shrinking violet.

Slightly less ‘in your face’ but no less luxurious is the Wentworth Accent collection with its plum pinstripe or for high society stripes look no further than the Mayfair.

But if a striped sofa is a little too much for you, the Phoenix accent chair is the ideal compromise. Striped in tempting shades of chocolate and fudge, the Phoenix looks good enough to eat and will lift a neutral colour scheme.

Adding a single stripe of colour to white painted furniture will give you a unique piece, while striped wallpaper can be used to dramatic effect on one feature wall.

Striped rugs add interest to a wooden floor, giving you a contrast in textures.  We’re torn between the soft stripes and the warm terracotta shade of the Joseph Sienna rug, and the more rustic look of the Sisal Boucle Stripe in royal blue.

But for all out stripy glory it’s got to be the striking Crucial Trading – Audrey Carpet in midnight. This monochromatic carpet is mesmerising, but if it’s not quite to your taste, Fishpools also has extensive collections of more understated striped carpets from Ryalux and Arcade Elite Carpet.

So whether you’re mad about stripes or just want to give a little nod to the trend, choose your furniture and accessories wisely and earn your style stripes this summer.

Fishpools is located on the High Street in Waltham Cross and boasts 200 room sets for bedroom, dining rooms and living rooms along with home accessories, gifts and cook and dine departments and a pictures and mirrors gallery. So you’re bound to find inspiration. Plus there’s a great in store coffee shop and ample customer parking.

For more ideas visit Fishpools, or look online at www.fishpools.co.uk where you can now browse and buy from the comfort of your own home.