Plaid makes an instant statement! When combining textiles for design projects I always try to add a plaid or a modern geometric into the mix.
Whether it be a large, over-scale buffalo plaid or a simple check it merely adds that multi-dimentional effect that we all strive for in our spaces. Many times used for draperies or custom bedding treatments, a plaid can act as a “neutral” pattern with an added touch of sophistication.
It is a pattern that’s especially popular in any environment that leans towards the influences of French or Country French. These types of patterns can often be mixed in a dual application to further deepen the visual interest.
Often found in less heavy textiles such as silk, linen, and Madras, plaid will add an “airy” and clean feel, adapting to almost any fabrication. For a warm and cozy feel, plaid is often successfully applied to upholstered pieces in a den or living room.
Cotton or heavy linen is the preferred choice to achieve this “loose” or casual atmosphere. Explore the possibility of a plaid or check when pondering your next design project and I can guarantee a deeper appreciation for textiles!
Kelli Wilson is the creative mind behind Kelli Wilson Consulting. She is the resident designer at Designer Effects, a to-the-trade fabric showroom located in Little Rock.