Timeless, festive and inviting. Plaid is back, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Perfect for the holidays, we’re giving you some ways to incorporate the nostalgic pattern into your home.
Though it got its start all the way back in the 6th century, the historical tartan pattern is no longer limited to Scottish kilts and bagpipes. Plaid has a rich style history and has been around for ages. And even though it has undergone many interpretations, this Scottish classic is the sole perennial fashion trend that will never get old.
Start working the Scottish look at home with tartan fabric upholstery. Tartan armchairs, tartan cushions, beds and blankets and even tartan carpets get the checked treatment. But will you use it to work a traditional aesthetic, or to give your home a punk twist?
PERFECT CHRISTMAS SETTING
Rushing out to buy entirely new three-piece suits to tie in with your festive decor is a little too extravagant, but there are ways to give your existing soft furniture pieces a bit of a Christmas spruce up.
PUT IT EVERYWHERE
A few soft furnishings are one thing, but to really turn your dining space over to a tartan theme you will have to consider your surfaces, walls and ceiling. But if you really love it, go ahead and put it everywhere.
This contemporary plaid carpet made in 100% Laneve wool makes a striking backdrop in any room.
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It is certainly fun and, when done in the same color palette, it can deliver a visually striking boost to a space. Round the look out with a graphic floor in the same tone and the look says sophistication.
Wallpaper is great for adding instant personality to a space, so if you really love tartan, this is the way to go.
If you want to include tartan in your living room, but want to coordinate it with a look that you have already established, then the best approach to take it with an item or two of occasional furniture.
SPLASH OF TARTAN
There’s no need to go overboard and cover everything with the material in order to achieve the effect. Recover some cushions in the same shades and material to give a little Scottish feel to your living room.
If it’s your first time using tartan accessories and you are feeling a little bit anxious about going all out, opting for a traditional rich red to warm up your home would be a good idea to start.
One of the great things about tartan is that it mixes well with others. It is very hard to find a tartan that will clash with another, so there is rarely an issue if you choose to mix them up together in your room.
PANELS OF TARTAN
Panels of tartan, hung from the walls, create the right effect without becoming too busy on the eye. There are plenty of choices for tartan designs with wallpaper.
PILE IT ON
When it comes to tartan, more is definitely, well, more! So go ahead and pile it on, but be strict with keeping to a tight palette.
Grown up and sophisticated. Tartan-upholstered dining chairs have a distinctly grown-up feel. They can add a regal finish to a casual dining room, like this one, elevating its overall look and feel.
Made up from criss-crossed horizontal and vertical stripes in different colors, tartan is probably one of the most easily recognizable designs around. If you use tartan in your home it can instantly add to a sense of coziness. Will you be giving tartan a turn in your home?
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