You probably can’t believe that I have a blog saying to follow a trend. My regular readers know that I usually recommend to NOT follow the trends, like I do in the Un-trendy List.
But this is one trend that’s showing up everywhere this season and it’s really worth following. The trend is…drumroll please…Using Plaids and Tartans.
Yes, suddenly the world is going mad for plaids. From runway to tabletop to home decor, plaids and tartans are showing up everywhere.
I know it’s Autumn and back to school and that whole cozy Canadian thing happens at this time of the year, but when Home Sense has a pair of plaid lounge chairs in the foyer, the trend has hit mainstream.
Some of you might say I’m cheating a wee bit here by calling plaids and tartans a trend, because technically, they have always been a textile choice and have been around since the 1500’s.
Plaids and tartans are one of the most widespread and recognizable designs in the world. If you want to know the difference between a plaid and a tartan, check out this succinct blog by the very talented Scot Meecham Wood.
And take a look at his crazy creative home. If you’re a plaid lover, you’ll appreciate his creative tartan combinations. I admire the way he uses classic tartans and combines them all together. Somehow it just works.
I’ve loved plaids forever and try to incorporate them into every home we do. That’s the great thing about plaids, they can be thoroughly modern or classic and traditional.
And better then that, plaids will read as a neutral. That means that you can mix them with other patterns and they’ll add that layer of interest.
Jordan, Principal of Stewart Drummond Studios, says plaid is the perfect fabric to use in a room because it will never go out of style and offers a high level of sophistication. Pretty much every line she represents does a selection of plaids and tartans.
And don’t be afraid of using wool. Today’s fabric houses know that people want luxury goods that are liveable and useable. Jordan says that wools actually clean very well and offer longevity.
The exciting thing about using plaids and tartans is the vast amount of colour choices that are available. Of course there’s the historical colour ways that are familiar and comforting, but then there are some really wild choices available.
One of my favourites right now is Spectrum by Kirkby. The colour combinations are not what you’d expect in a plaid. They’re youthful and different enough to give a room just the right hit of classic but with a twist.
I think every space should have some plaid. Even if it’s just a cushion on a bed, the addition of plaid grounds everything. We added this custom plaid cushion in this master bedroom to balance out the feminine.
Interesting tip: We find if the man of the house is worried about too many ‘girlie touches’, one or two plaid cushions and suddenly he’ll be okay with sparkles, ruffles and anything pink.
Here’s another bedroom we did featuring a plaid cushion on a checkered blanket. You can read about this twin guest room in my blog here.
There’s always a plaid that will work in every room. Whether you keep it more neutral or choose to go bright and wild, the addition of a plaid or tartan adds warmth and coziness.
So get on the plaid train and add this “trend” to your home this fall. The great thing is, this is one trend that you don’t have to dump next season. The popularity of plaids and tartans rises and falls, but it never goes away. And that’s a trend we can live with.
Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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