Patterns Down Pat: Plaid

Plaid is the unexpected, old soul of patterns that you didn’t know you loved yet (or maybe you do). Originally referred to as “tartan” by its founding Scottish clansman fathers, “plaid” comes from the Gaelic word “plaide” meaning “blanket.” Outlander anybody? Rooted in rich, ancient history, plaid rejects the preppy patterns of the day such as chevron and ikat and remains a widespread, recognizable mark persisting on in the design world. 

Embrace tradition with plaid or use it as a nod to the past with a unique take on today’s current design trends. To go pastime, use plaid patterns to enhance cozy cabin firesides or farmhouse style spaces. Or pair plaid as a rugged touch against a chic, clean and comfortable backdrop. 

These spaces are winning plaid:

Annisquam
Photo by Venegas and Company – Search beach style kitchen pictures

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Lake House Minnesota
Photo by Gridley + Graves Photographers – More farmhouse porch ideas

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Kips Bay Showhouse 2015
Photo by Rikki Snyder – Browse contemporary kitchen ideas

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2015 Kosair Children
Photo by Norton Commons – Browse traditional hallway photos

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South Loop Residence
Photo by Jessica Lagrange Interiors – Look for contemporary bedroom design inspiration

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Modern Mountain Home
Photo by Studio McGee – Browse transitional bedroom photos

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Rustic Modern Study
Photo by Karen B Wolf Interiors, Associate ASID – Browse transitional home office photos

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Townhouse
Photo by ANNA DUVAL DESIGNS – Discover Victorian living room design inspiration

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modern ranch
Photo by elena del bucchia DESIGN – Look for rustic dining room design inspiration

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Kips Bay Showhouse 2015
Photo by Rikki Snyder – Search contemporary dining room pictures

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Mt. Tabor Tudor
Photo by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design – Search contemporary family room design ideas

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Ecologia Montreal
Photo by Alexandre Parent – Search contemporary deck design ideas

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Bruce Fox - Lincoln Park Residence
Photo by Bruce Fox – Look for industrial dining room design inspiration

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Eclectic Home Office
Photo by – Discover eclectic home office design inspiration

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Wickets
Photo by Boutique Homes – Look for transitional bedroom design inspiration

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Jackson St. Residence, San Francisco, CA
Photo by Lisa Bakamis Interior Design – Browse transitional bedroom ideas

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Broadmoor Residence
Photo by Stuart Silk Architects | Limited PS – Look for traditional kitchen design inspiration

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Kips Bay Showhouse 2015
Photo by Rikki Snyder – Look for contemporary bedroom design inspiration

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Traditional Hall
Photo by – Search traditional hallway pictures

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Renovation: Senoia Farmhouse
Photo by Historical Concepts – More shabby-chic style hallway photos

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BLUE CYPRESS
Photo by Pegasus Builders, Inc. – Search transitional bathroom design ideas

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Tame Fish Lodge
Photo by Nor-Son, Inc. – More transitional kitchen ideas

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Until our next adventure,

Jenn

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