Buffalo check is a non-fussy way to add plaid decor to your living room. The unique lines of the Louna Armchair give it a contemporary look. Image courtesy of Wayfair.
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There are some decorating trends that never fade away. Instead, they reinvent themselves over and over. We love plaid decor, and it’s a perennial favorite with interior designers. Just like floral prints, plaid has many different patterns that can weather interior design trends every season. The historically traditional plaid patterns have been adapted by decor designers for decades. That brought us the iconic patterns and colors of the upholstered furniture of the 1970s. Today’s trendy plaids return to their roots as tartan and buffalo patterns.
You won’t see as many plaid sofas or carpets as we did decades ago. Instead, the plaid trend is used primarily as accent furniture or decorative accessories. If your first thought of plaid is a cabin or lodge, you’ll be happy to see that plaid looks wonderful in most decorating styles when you choose the right one. Here are our favorite plaid accents right now:
Why We’re in Love With Tartan Plaid Decor
Tartan plaid is a timeless pattern that has always been welcome in traditional home decor. The colors of tartan plaid are familiar in navy blue, emerald green and red (usually with black accent lines in the pattern). Today’s tartan includes pretty neutrals like gray and beige – and even white. The new plaid color palettes make it easy to add them to your existing decor when you’re looking for a comfortable accent piece.
Sometimes all you need is a quick decor update. Adding the Ellery Tartan Plaid Print Cotton Lumbar Pillow to your sofa can change the look of your living room in a hurry. Image courtesy of Wayfair.
Love plaid but really prefer neutral colors? This soothing gray and white Eulalia Plaid Cotton Lumbar Pillow is perfect. Image courtesy of Birch Lane.
Plaid on your walls? If you’re not ready to try plaid wallpaper, artists are incorporating plaid into their work with fun results like the whimsical ‘Tartan – Fox Duo’ Graphic Art Print. Image courtesy of Wayfair.
Tartan plaid gets graphic with this clever pouf, featuring a close-up of the pattern. The simplicity of navy blue and white gives the Plaid Pouf Midnight Blue versatility for a variety of decorating styles. Image courtesy of Target.
Aqua and turquoise are still on-trend colors for home decor. DV Kap’s Penn Throw Pillow features a fresh color palette. Image courtesy of Perigold.
The Skyline Furniture Ancient Stewart Red Chair is a stunning way to makeover your dining room. Adding a few stylish side chairs can refresh your existing table and chairs inexpensively. Image courtesy of Overstock.
Black and white is an unexpected combo for the Elmwood British Tartan Shower Curtain. The crisp lines of this plaid shower curtain are an easy way to update a small bathroom. Image courtesy of Wayfair.
Decorating With Versatile Buffalo Check Plaid Decor
Buffalo check plaid never goes out of style. The simplicity of this comfortable pattern allows it to coordinate with a variety of decorating styles. Buffalo plaid decor is made up of only two colors intersecting to create a neutral third color that gives it more presence without looking fussy. Gingham plaid can look a lot like buffalo plaid, but the key is the oversized checks that give buffalo plaid its unique look.