Check, tartan, plaid, gingham…they are all cut from the same cloth. The pattern, and its variations, have a long history of popularity, with use of the fabrics dating back as early as the 17th century.

If you’re a traditionalist you’ll go for the classic, countryside look of earthy tartan tones. However, if you’re wanting a more contemporary look, colourful windowpane check or an abstract buffalo plaid will work a treat.

Modern

Studio McGee Watercolour Plaid & Jo Pillows

Osborne & Little Maude Check & Corniche Fitzgerald Textiles

Anthropologie Buffalo Check Kimball Chair & Made Molly Armchair

Ld Shoppe Ashbury Rug & Studio McGee Joilet Rug 

Studio McGee Harper Chest & Ld Shoppe Hardwood Bunching Tables

Traditional

GetImage.ashxNeptune Florence Cushion 

Designer’s Guild Provence Check Sea Fabric & Colefax & Fowler Larne Check

keats-sofa-main1Voyage Maison James Chair, Graham & Green Alfred Checked Chair & Keats 2 Seater Sofa

These patterns can be quite busy, so instead of using them all over your home, stick to accents here and there to ensure you don’t overwhelm your interiors.

Top photo credit: Lindye Galloway