House clinic: which stripe will work?

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Celia Rufey, Homes & Gardens decorating expert

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Celia Rufey has been the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for over 30 years and she also has her own range of fabrics.

Fabric with stripes
Fabric with stripes
Can you suggest a pale grey and white stripe for Roman blinds to tone with Farrow & Ball paint colours Cornforth White and Strong White?
FO’D, Belfast.

Both of these paint colours are grey neutrals and two fabrics that would tone with them are Organic Ticking in Mist (left), £25m, from Ian Mankin, 020 7722 0997,, and Astravas 168 (right), £34m (minimum order 4m), by Susanna Davis at Tissus d’Hélène, 020 7352 9977,; this is lighter weight, however, so would need to be interlined for Roman blinds.

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