Plaid In the Home
I was browsing
through some photos of my glorious trip through Scotland when I decided to do some research on Scottish interior design styles. While I could conjure up images of Brit-inspired decor, and even Irish to some degree, I was drawing a blank when it came to Scottish-inspired spaces.
Some photos from my trip to Edinburgh, Scotland:
And then it hit me…PLAID! Or rather, Tartan, if you want to put your best European foot forward. The fabric of the Scots :)
Ohhhh, plaid. A textile that has so much visual texture and colour options, and yet I find it has a bad rep when it comes to interior design, maybe because it is commonly associated with frumpy country/cottage decor? Or maybe because it’s just not the first pattern that comes to mind when one thinks of a luxurious or chic interior?
Do you think plaid is frumpy? Well, it’s not (ok, fine, sometimes it is – but it doesn’t have to be!). Here are a few spaces that boast a decent amount of plaid that I think looks great.
PLAID ‘GET THAT LOOK’ TIPS:
Here is my attempt at a Scottish and plaid-inspired mood board. I put a contemporary (and somewhat eclectic) spin on things and opted for some finishes that aren’t too country-style, but then again, I just couldn’t bring myself to do plaid without iron and wood! Some things just work, you know?
If you’re now plaid-obsessed like I am, you can follow these simple steps to add plaid to your space.
AVOID PATTERN-CLASH – Plaid can sometimes be a busy pattern in and of itself (and it’s definitely a bold pattern depending on colour choice), so be careful when mixing plaid with other patterns. Stripes, checkers and small-scale prints can look really great when paired with plaid – just be sure to choose a complimentary colour family when mixing patterns.
ADD A MODERN TWIST - Have fun with plaid, add it to a contemporary space that needs a face-lift. Mix and match contemporary and modern materials and finishes, like lacquer-finished wood, concrete, and mirror – go crazy!
PLAID IN DOSES - Notice how plaid looks great in the images above when it’s added in small doses? Gauge the amount of space you have in your room and add a proportionate amount of plaid. For smaller spaces, opt for plaid accessories, whereas large rooms with high ceilings can afford more plaid. Balance is key…
So what do you think? Have you been converted to a plaid-o-phile? Are you mad for plaid? :)