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Trend Alert: Modern Gingham

AUGUST 22, 2018

Gingham is a pattern that never truly feels “out.” Simple and straightforward, the contrasting check is arguably one of the most timeless motifs in the history of interiors and fashion. Yet, gingham can often feel a bit too traditional, depending on the colorway and how it’s used. Beige and white or dark red and white gingham can come off as stuffy, especially if used in a more formal space.

Like a crisp button-down worn in summer, gingham in cooler colors (think blue, navy, and purple) along with classic black and white, doesn’t seem to have this issue. Take a look at how these interiors integrated gingham—and its overscaled cousin buffalo check—to see how fresh this pattern can look.

Society Social’s Watercolor Gingham fabric (above) is a print by artist Inslee Fariss that instantly brightens up a room. A little goes a long way. The large-scaled gingham (which is nearly a buffalo check) would be eye-catching enough if used just for pillows, but the coordinating curtains do tie the space together.


Photo credit: Style Your Senses

Mallory of the lifestyle blog Style Your Senses chose a purple gingham wallpaper for her daughter’s nursery. It’s a pattern and color combo that’s modern without being spare, and feminine without being too girly. The single statement wall keeps the gingham from overwhelming the space, while also making it easy to pair with other patterns.


Photo credit: Elijah Hoffman for Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin Wilson translated the look of gingham into tile with her redesigned guest bathroom redesign. The navy blue tiles are used as an accent that punctuates the pattern, with the white and muted gray forming the bulk of the motif. These colors are also found throughout the bathroom for a cohesive look.


Photo credit: Studio McGee

Buffalo check is an unexpected choice when it comes to upholstered pieces, adding a fresh quality to more ubiquitous styles such as, say, anything mid-century. In this remodel by Studio McGee, navy and white buffalo check upholstery turns a clean-lined chair into a focal point.


Photo credit: Lindye Galloway

Lindye Galloway kept nearly everything else in this redesigned loft spare and minimal, which makes her addition of buffalo check curtains and an accent pillow stand out even more. It’s a great example of how this pattern can transcend its traditional reputation in favor of a modern look.


Photo credit: Park & Oak Interior Design

If you’re more of a risk-taker who wants to really commit to the buffalo check trend, take a cue from Park & Oak Interior Design and go big in the bath. The walls of this powder room are completely covered from floor to ceiling in a black-and-white buffalo check. While you could boost the drama factor with quirkier decor elements, keeping the rest of the bath simple lets the pattern truly shine.

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