New research has found that looking at stripes might lead to migraines and epileptic seizures, The Times reports.
'Our findings imply that, in designing buildings, it may be important to avoid the types of visual patterns that can activate this circuit and cause discomfort, migraines or seizures,' Dora Hermes, of the University Medical Center Utrecht, told the publication.
'Even perfectly healthy people may feel modest discomfort from the images that are most likely to trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy.'
The research, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests that our brains aren’t used to seeing horizontal stripes and lines, which are popping up everywhere.
As a result, our brains respond ‘by strengthening a pattern of activity called gamma oscillations’ – something researchers say they struggle to understand.
'Some scientists argue that these oscillations are hugely important and essential for awareness, attention, and neuronal communication, while others say that they are more likely a by-product of normal neuronal processing, like the exhaust coming out of a car — a potentially useful diagnostic signal, but not one that makes the neuronal machinery work,' Dr Hermes says.
That said, we don’t need to remove stripes altogether when it comes to styling your home.
How to avoid headaches in your home
Be weary of Venetian blinds.
Stick to vertical stripes.
Try animal prints instead.