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Red Red Red

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Colour, Stairs
Red Red Red

Carmine, Crimson, Raspberry, Ruby, Scarlet. Call it what you will, it’s red, and undoubtedly for Roger Oates, it’s one of our most important colours. Of course neutral shades play a crucial part in our collection but when it comes to stairs, red is number one.  Many of our best known, longest-running, favourite designs are predominantly […]


Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 in Featured, New Designs, Stripes
Christmas Gift Ideas

Yikes! It’s that time of year again, the impossible Christmas gift list. It definitely seems to be coming round more quickly each year.  If you need inspirational ideas and want to avoid the hordes of people on the high street then look no further than the new Roger Oates Lifestyle Store.  You can purchase the perfect Roger Oates […]


Deck the halls – Decorating ideas that are not just for Christmas

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Featured, House Ideas
Deck the halls – Decorating ideas that are not just for Christmas

Phew! Halloween and Bonfire Night are over and now is the calm before the storm - the perfect time to add a few finishing touches to your home that will last well beyond Christmas. First impressions mean everything and a textured rug can instantly add colour and interest transforming a room into a welcoming area. In our new […]


Stairway to Heaven

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Colour, Designers, Stripes
Stairway to Heaven

As featured in Selvedge Magazine, words by Ptolemy Mann A vibrant, saturated rose pink runner curves down the stairs and hits a mandarin floored landing. This is gorgeous intense colour celebrating an often forgotten part of our interiors; the stairs. For many of us the stairs are the first things that greet us when we come home, […]


Making the London Collection – Part 3

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Featured, New Designs
Making the London Collection – Part 3

Fitzroy - A Stair Runner With Wow Factor The design process varies from one person to the next,  for us it quite often varies from design to design.   There are no rules, there is no set path to follow.  When conceiving a design, we begin with an unadulterated idea.  Something very raw and often really off-the-wall. We […]


Making The London Collection – Part 2

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Colour, Featured, New Designs
Making The London Collection – Part 2

How Do Roger Oates Design a New Collection? We began with a question. What does a modern border look like? The design ‘Franklin’ is composed of two main elements.  The giant stripe design is the less complicated element, it took only about ten samples to arrive at the final version. Ten samples is pretty fast […]


Making The London Collection – Part 1

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, New Designs
Making The London Collection – Part 1

The new collection is just into production, the results will be ready for photography shortly, so it seems the perfect opportunity to give you a little background. It’s called the London Collection, and contains 4 designs: Flaxman, Fulham, Franklin and Fitzroy, as in the London dialing codes used before telephone numbers were extended. We’ll begin […]


Stairs. The Main Event

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Architecture, Stairs
Stairs. The Main Event

A little set of stairs we spotted this weekend and couldn’t help but share… another new hotel commission too. More linear than the swirling spiral staircase of the Les Haras de Stasbourg Hotel stairs we saw last month. This impressive wooden staircase forms the lobby entrance of HotelHotel in Canberra, Australia.  Stacks of recycled wooden planks create […]


Roger Oates Collection 2014 Preview

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Colour, Featured, Monochrome
Roger Oates Collection 2014 Preview

So hello again world, we’ve been a little quiet on Stairs and Stripes recently. This is mainly due to two reasons, finalising this years new flooring collection (alongside our upcoming new upholstery and accessory fabrics) and our obsession with Monochrome – the quest to get the new black and white designs to sit ‘just right’. […]


Spiral Strasbourg

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Architecture, Stairs
Spiral Strasbourg

We are all for a well designed wooden staircase, and this one ticks all the boxes.  This is set is part of the newly renovated Les Haras de Stasbourg Hotel – this staircases is the swirling hub of the restaurant in the former royal stud building, designed by agency Jouin Manku. We like the way […]


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