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Add Pizzazz with Plaid

Ah, plaid. It seems like people either love it or hate it. This classic, yet sometimes boring, pattern is anything but these days. The plaids of today have taken a new stance, coming across as bright and unconventional, making them perfect for even the most modern of homes.


Homes that lack dimension often lack pattern and plaid, is a great place to start because of the variety of colors and scale combinations it comes in. However, because it’s such a distinct and memorable pattern, it needs to be used wisely.

Using it in moderation is great for those who favor traditional style. For those with more modern or eclectic tastes, plaids can be used in several different places, granted the prints fit within the color scheme. Used sporadically without taking colors into consideration, rooms can feel saturated and overwhelming. As long as the colors make sense, a mixture of plaids can actually look great and feel cohesive.

Using Plaid in Your Decor

As mentioned earlier, plaid is a classic pattern but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. Let’s talk about some ways you can put plaid to use in your home.

  1. Pair plaid with unexpected patterns. Stafford-Brick-Plaid-FabricPlaid is a pretty versatile pattern so it can mix easily with others. As long as your colors make sense, there’s no reason you can’t pair it with patterns like floral, geometric and even animal.
  2. Have one item be your plaid focal point. It could be anything from a striking plaid accent wall, to an updated and comfortable plaid couch, to a plaid floor made of mosaic tiles have one thing in plaid that will be the showstopper within the space.
  3. Play with scale. Decorating style often dictates the scale of the patterns you use. Traditional decor may stick to smaller-scaled prints, while modern decor may lean toward something a bit oversized. If you fall into the transitional or eclectic style, use a variety that will make you happy.
  4. Subtle touches are okay too. If you’d prefer to incorporate this pattern in smaller ways, do it with accessories. Things such as throws, pillows, window treatments, or framed pieces of fabric are great ways to bring in plaid without fully committing.
  5. Make plaid pop with white. Adding white to a plaid backdrop can really make it shine. Consider something like white sconces or a white chair or against a plaid wall, or something else, such as a white shag rug on a plaid floor.

Plaid doesn’t have to be considered stuffy. With so many updated variations, there’s really no reason plaid shouldn’t be embraced anymore.

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