Pattern Play: 20+ Ways Plaid Can Spruce Up Your Space
As soon as the temperature drops, the addition of plaid in our homes feels right. This quintessential cold weather print can cozy up any room, and looks dreamy on wool throws, nubby rugs and, yes, even statement sofas. From buffalo check during Christmas to classic tartan in the fall, plaid decor is perfect for this time of year. Here are four popular versions of plaid, and tips on how to add them into your home right now.
By far one of the most recognizable plaid patterns, tartan consists of horizontal and vertical stripes in a variety of colors. This traditional Scottish print is a cold weather staple not only in your wardrobe, but in your home, too. This soft throw is the perfect addition to a cozy seating nook.
Add some charm to your dining room table with a statement-making runner. The violet and raspberry hues in this tartan topper would make any feast instantly festive.
Plaid pillows take outdoor seating into the colder months, while plaid ribbons bring a classic holiday feel to wreaths and garlands.
Fold a colorful tartan blanket at the foot of the bed for a cool Canadiana look.
This red and green pillow adds just the right amount of holiday cheer to this rustic master bedroom.
A set of stools get an instant makeover with plaid upholstery. They add an eclectic touch to this light-filled corner when paired with a canary yellow table.
Add some depth to a neutral space with a plaid rug. This one in particular creates interest when paired with intricate crown molding, upholstered cane chairs and a roaring fire.
Stylish, yet simple, this muted carpet draws the eye up to the rich teal island, geometric light fixture and spacious wooden cabinetry.
In this East Coast home, matching tartan drapes, pillows and an ottoman give off a heritage feel.
This cozy pattern, traditionally with a black checkered print on a red background, is practically synonymous with the holidays, especially when it comes in a forest green hue. Transition your bedding for winter with a buffalo check fleece blanket and holly-patterned sheets.
This checkered wall is sure to turn heads. Keep the look cohesive with muted accessories like brushed gold lighting, wooden chairs and a neutral textured carpet.
A muted buffalo check towel brings a quiet hit of pattern to this sleek kitchen when delicately slung over a black leather bar chair.
These black-and-white Roman blinds tie in the moody appliances and dark stool without taking away from the star of the show: the whimsical wallpaper.
This preppy pattern is the most subtle of all the plaid prints with simple horizontal and vertical stripes in one or two colors. Make a big impact, like in Bobbie Brown’s boutique hotel, The George Inn, by placing four identical chairs around a vintage coffee table.
This all-white laundry room gets an instant update with a navy and cream plaid runner, which draws the eye to the rest of the house and compliments the herringbone brick floors.
Adding plaid to your space doesn’t mean it has to dominate the decor. This beige wall-to-wall carpet brings out the rich autumnal hues, like the spiced pumpkin throw and chestnut leather ottoman, in this neutral principal bedroom.
Take inspiration from The San Francisco Proper Hotel lobby’s ’70s-inspired sofa. The white legs, bold pillows and colorful gallery wall make this showstopper a modern-day masterpiece.
A windowpane couch with matching pillows provides the perfect backdrop for the exposed panels on the ceiling, the opulent crystal chandelier and, of course, the sparkling Christmas tree.
Bring country living to the city with these checkered chairs. The muted palette, wooden legs and timeless shape make this seating versatile enough to work in just about any living room.
This playful pattern is buffalo check’s smaller and more summer-y sister. Cherry red gingham instantly updates a muted bench and ties in the statement-making doors at this colorful cottage.
For an unexpected mantlepiece display, these DIY gingham-matted picture frames have a retro feel.
Powder blue gingham brightens up this country dining room. The subtle pattern is ideal for minimalists who are decorating with plaid for the first time.
Gingham’s small scale means it pairs perfectly with larger prints. Here, a black-and-white gingham daybed looks eye-catching when piled high with geometric pillows.