Plaid stands at the core of high fashion and target marketing campaigns, which are often associated with heritage movements and grunge revitalization.
It will likely remind some of you of punk, preppy, and hipster styles, but if you just took a look at it without prejudice, you’d be faced with a timeless pattern that is just wonderful to mix and match.
The truth is that plaid good looks never go out of style and plaid home decor is no exception to that statement. Modern houses are simply inconceivable without checkered elements.
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As classic as it is, plaid gives every house harmony and elegance. Plus, plaid decorating is playful and exciting, and there’s no reason to leave it aside. Let’s suggest some tips on how to decorate with plaid:
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As much as we all try to decorate our homes perfectly, there are times when they lack dimension. Checkered patterns are an effective and inexpensive way to add dimensions as long as you know how to combine colors and scales seamlessly.
You can either apply them to your curtains, bedspreads, carpets, pillows, or even the walls. It all depends on how creative you are and what impact you want to make.
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Checkered wallpapers are the answer to lively and playful rooms. They look absolutely cute when applied against rustic furniture, making them the perfect choice for a unique kitchen.
However, you need to be very careful how you use them, as being too tall can feel overwhelming and “destroy” the overall comfort of your room.
To prevent this from happening, you can divide the walls with dado rails and put plaid patterns on only one side. The other should ideally remain neutral so that the eye can rest from the colorful pattern.
Plaid is kind of a paradox: it’s very dynamic, but at the same time refined. Large, checkered surfaces with strong colors (e.g. red and black) have a powerful and dramatic effect and are therefore ideal as a background for modern furniture solutions. Just imagine how cool such a room would be, maybe with a couple of black chairs and a beautifully harmonized large mirror!
It’s time to give your muddy mud room a purpose: why not experiment with plaid to see if it’s a good solution for your home? You can go slow with a simple plaid cover for the bench, plaid pillows, or even a plaid room.
This small and supposedly seamless detail will make your entrance the coziest corner of your home.
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Checkered upholstery is a very attractive idea for chairs and sofas. It’s a mandatory trick in French country design when the sofas are upholstered in blue and white schemes and gingham patterns.
To get these looks, you can add some soft pillows or a lace comforter too.
If you want to stay away from traditional schemes, you can try unusual combinations like orange and black. These solutions are simply shortcuts to attractive eyes and form the perfect focus elements for your rooms.
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Once you’ve brought a strong pattern inside, you need to keep the rest of your decor neutral. That means you can use whites, creams, beige, or deeper tones like brown and black.
An interesting idea would be to use plaid around wooden furniture, metal accessories (especially black and red buffalo plaids), beige woven curtains, wooden or black carpeted floors.
When choosing a blue and white plaid, keep in mind that it goes best with cottage decor themes, sea grass mats, glass surfaces, gold and copper tones. The good thing about neutrals is that you can apply as many of them as you want: with the right choice of texture, this sea of serenity will never look boring.
Plaid for every style
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That’s why we said plaid is a classic choice. However, it’s one of the rare classic choices that has actually made its way into modern homes and has its own contemporary flair that can be worked out.
Scaled, bold, strong and unconventional plaid layers are one of the most elegant solutions that can be applied today. Plus, it’s almost impossible to make a drastic mistake while using it.
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The main difference between traditional and modern plaids is in the number of colors used: while outdated solutions would likely pick a handful of shades and tones, modern homes would stick with oversized panels with just two colors. In short, plaid is just as glamorous as it has been in the past.
Different patterns are allowed
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If you want to use different patterns, we recommend that you use them on the same fabric. There is nothing wrong with showing curtains and bedding made of the same material – it just shows that you care and have good taste.
Another type of monochromatic
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Plaids made up of two or three colors provide enough work material to organize the entire space. All it takes is to stay close to these hues and you have a tightly and interestingly integrated scheme.
For example, if you have chosen a caral / caramel / ivory plaid, you can expand the use of these colors on chairs (caramel sides), wallpaper (creamy or coral red), sand-colored carpets, creamy window panes, or ceramic lamps. Even if you use other colors, try to stick with them as much as possible.
Plaid with everything
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Yes, that’s what makes Plaid so special – you can use it anywhere! It looks great with smooth surfaces, stripes, dots, or even floral interiors. Of course, you should mix carefully and try to avoid a messy environment (but if you can manage to contrast patterns in a reasonable way, you will have a perfect looking home!).
Checkered furniture can freshen up and amaze the decor with mixed patterns, provided that the patterns are added smoothly and tones that are too vivid are restricted.
An interesting choice for ivory walls and wood interiors is the five-tone tartan plaid with yellow, black, deep royal blue, ivory and burgundy. You can also add ivory jacquard pillows or yellow satin stripes for the sides of your chairs.
Just like with monochromatic schemes, scale the colors correctly and make your decorating style distinctive rather than inconsistent and overwhelming.
Always with Tranquillity
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Who Said You Need A Bold, Daring Pattern? Neutral plaids are actually very beautiful and go with any style or decor.
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Burberry plaids are mandatory in a fashionable home. While they aren’t particularly suitable for your walls, they look perfect on all types of fabrics. Trust us, presenting trends like this is the easiest way to make your home look luxurious and classy!
Why wouldn’t you make the unique decision to wear your amazing vibrant plaid outdoors? This is not a very common solution, especially for contemporary architecture / furniture, which is why we are sure it will grab attention.