I personally love it all year, but use it sparingly. I think a little plaid goes a long way. I'm not usually a fan of wallpaper (too permanent, too overwhelming) but I give an example or two below where it really works in the living room. If you are going to upholster a piece or two, make sure the other upholstered items are a solid or neutral accent color and you can't go wrong. An even better way to incorporate plaid is in the accessories: throw pillows, blankets, lampshades, rugs, bowls, mugs, and even vintage pieces (like this old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook or recipe box).
I had to call out two favorites first:
First this hipster wonder made me laugh, I loved it so much. I think the plaid upholstery is just SUCH a contrast to the elegant settee, and that is what makes it thrifty and brilliant.
|Elegant Buffalo Plaid Sofa|
And this one? This really proves that Plaid can be used in an elegant and modern space. The simple, black, white and blue color scheme of this room is very contemporary and elegant, and yet? Welcoming. Those plaid chairs just ground the space and make it more homey, more cozy, than the space would be without them. And those curtains are pretty darn similar to my current living room curtains.
Go Tartan Crazy! It's not just for kilts anymore.
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