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It’s A Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

Maybe it’s all those rich, seasonal colors or our hankering to cozy up in a sunny, drape-bedecked window seat underneath a patterned wool blanket, but we’ve got a serious case of the plaids. True, it’s a classic print—just look at any English manor house or Ivy League school Stateside—but not always the go-to pattern for decorating. But one look at these inspiring rooms (and a few extras, just for fun) might encourage you to give it the old college try.

The rules for plaids:

  • To tone down a colorful plaid, pair it with different shades of neutrals
  • To enhance a plaid, choose one bright color from the pattern and make it the dominant color for the room
  • To create a sleek, modern contrast, go with white walls and most furniture, and use the plaid on a large piece or two (like an armchair or headboard) and on accents
  • To up the retro quotient, combine the plaid with other, smaller patterns from the same color palette


Got a plaid inspiration to share? Send it to info@freshamerican.com.


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