GUIDE TO PLAID
MODERN WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLAID
All too often I find clients to have very strong reactions towards using plaid in their homes. Many times this is linked to associations that plaid is for a country aesthetic, or one that is very traditional. There is nothing wrong with a great country or traditional plaid, but if your personal style is not either, do not be so quick to dismiss! Today I'd like to make a case proving that plaid can feel modern and even edgy.
How to use plaid in a contemporary setting...
1. Color Palette Bold, vivid hues or unexpected color combinations will give your plaid a contemporary vibe.
[image via Nickey Kehoe]
At the opposite end of the color spectrum, a neutral black and white palette with a hint of red feels edgy and chic.
2. Application Think beyond furniture and pillows when incorporating plaid. This subtle plaid wallpaper acts almost like a textured backdrop to these minimal furnishings.
[image via Pinterest]
How cool is this floor tile? This unexpected application feels more like a geometric pattern, and the neutral palette is very clean.
[image via STUDIO McGEE]
3. Scale Large scale patterns have a tendency to feel contemporary. This is technically a buffalo check, but a perfect example of how large scale patterns can have a graphic quality that instantly transform a space. I love the pairing of this check with the modern light fixture.
4. Pairing When all is said and done, I do believe that with what you chose to pair your plaid will ultimately determine the aesthetic. I love the aqua blue in this plaid and its application on a clean mid-century style sofa. The pairing against the white walls and the ocean photography print give it this really cool, laid-back vibe.
This arguable traditional bedding is made urban by its pairing with this incredibly chic four poster bed with leather upholstery, and this gorgeous black cowhide rug.
Great plaid items to get you started!
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