Making it Modern: Plaid and Floral

Making it Modern: Plaid and Floral

Susie Nadler
Oct 23, 2009

Plaids are everywhere right now, and the trend seems perfect for the cozy autumn season. Of course, plaid can also be a risky choice, as it can easily trigger a country-cottage explosion; plaid layered with floral seems an even dicier move. But done well, the layering of plaid with floral can look surprisingly modern...

Layering plaid with a flower print and pulling it off requires just a little attention to contrast. Bringing in modern touches, like the slate gray walls in this bedroom, undermines the tendency of plaids and florals to look dated.

Industrial accessories and fixtures are good choices, too, if you want to add a little edge to a room with florals and plaid. We also love the slightly retro feel of the prints in this bedroom set; vintage patterns, ironically, can instantly update a room.

The subtlety of the prints in this more traditional room make the layered look work. We also like the little modern lamp as a less cottage-y accent.

What do you think? Would you try florals and plaids layered together in your home?

(Images: Coco + Kelley; House to Home (2 and 3); Alicia B. Designs)

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