How to Decorate With Plaid (Even if You Aren’t Scottish, a Lumberjack or Punk)

How to Decorate With Plaid (Even if You Aren’t Scottish, a Lumberjack or Punk)

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Dabney Frake
Nov 2, 2015
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Plaid currently sits at the cross-section of high fashion, grunge revival, the recent heritage movement, and of course, one of Target’s current marketing campaigns. Over the years, it’s also read as preppy, punk, and hipster. But if you divorce it from any of these associations, it’s a classic graphic pattern with a lot of possibility. It’s also functional and fashionable.

Here are some tips on how to use plaid in your home's decor, starting with the lead image above from Fantastic Frank of a cozy dining room with green walls and retro decor. And when you're done, head over to find plaid items that are in stores now:

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As a Funky Upholstered Chair: Contrasting two styles in one object adds intrigue, and balances both styles out, as when Lonny featured this mod dining set re-upholstered in black and white check.

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Using Soft Shades: The plaid on plaid action in this modern cottage's living room isn't overwhelming due to the muted grey and green colors. Imagine it instead if they were in red, greens, and blues.

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Placed Where You Least Expect It: Let's wallpaper the ceiling in blue plaid like this room from Elle Decor!

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As a Colorful Accent: This bright and vibrant plaid blanket totally makes the room in this Brooklyn home seen on Design Sponge.

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For the Cozy Factor: This is plaid after all, so use it for what it's for: wrapping yourself in soft comfort. Alli from Hooray Blog made these plaid pillowcases for her bed and they look amazing.

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Treated Simply as Another Pattern: Here a larger checked blanket is paired with a Moroccan style pillow and upholstered headboard in fabric from Lake August.

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As Wall Texture: The plaid wallpaper in this Swedish Home (originally for sale on Alvhem Makleri) adds subtle visual interest to an otherwise plain modern white room.

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Seasonally: If plaid only feels right during the colder months, take out your buffalo check tablecloth for the holidays and store it away during warmer months.

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In Moderation: If you are skittish about coming off as a Scot, Lumberjack, or 90s musician from Seattle, use just a touch in the room by way of throw pillows or a blanket.

Dramatically: Claim the plaid, no matter what your style and just go for it as a statement wall. Although this is a Swedish home, it still works.

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