Classic Pattern: Ways to Add Plaid

I'm kind of in love with this bold, modern plaid rug by CB2. The way it plays with color transparency is particularly fun, and it gives the lie to the notion that plaid is best incorporated into cold-weather, roaring-fire decor vignettes.

Want to incorporate one of the year's hottest trends but don't know where to start? Take a look at a few more ways to add plaid.

A masculine study featuring plaid wallpaper, by Anton Valiev via Home Designing.
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Wallpaper
This muted wallpaper in a St. Petersburg, Russia study shows the traditional masculine quality plaid can lend to a room.

Plaid pillows and a blanket infuse an outdoor space with Americana, from Three Pixie Lane.
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Pillows
Infusing this outdoor space with the feel of classic Americana, this pillow and blanket demonstrate how plaid can span the seasons. The ruffle trim on the pillow also feminizes a pattern that's often seen as masculine.

Iconic, sunny Mary Douglas Drysdale window treatment via Cote de Texas.
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Curtains
These cheery curtains, a trademark look of designer Mary Douglas Drysdale, demonstrate the freshness that a bright-colored plaid can bring to a room.

Madras Shade & Mason Touch Lamp Base via Houzz.
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Lampshades
Lampshades are one of the most noncommittal ways to incorporate the trend. These preppy lamps are quietly stately rather than kitsch.

(Image credits: Anton Valiev; Three Pixie Lane; Cote de Texas; Houzz)

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