Get the look: Checks
Often associated with more traditional interiors, checks have a strong heritage in home design – from classic tartan with its cultural significance to bold checkerboard and sweet gingham, there’s a check for every occasion. A design classic, checks are easy to incorporate into your existing scheme.
When it comes to fabrics, soft checks will give a somewhat natural feel while more structured designs will give a modern edge to your space. Prestigious Textiles’ Portland fabric features a sketchy check that is easy to style, while Johnston's of Elgin's Strath Canaird fabric is a large-scale, graphic design that is softened by its woollen texture, making it perfect for a relaxed bedroom or lounge. Petite checks, like Osborne & Little's Arlington fabric are easy-going as a choice for curtains and upholstery while Clarke & Clarke's BW1006 fabric in black and white would add depth and interest to a monochrome interior.
When it comes to wallpaper, a very soft pastel design like Borastapeter’s tablecloth-inspired Frida will sit beautifully in your kitchen or dining room. Designers like Osborne & Little are discovering new ways to add interest to checks - its Lamella wallpaper has a lizard-skin texture which gives a modern twist. Tartan is not just for fabric, Mulberry's Ancient Tartan wallpaper and MINDTHEGAP's Unusual Tartan are two modern designs.
Top check styling tips
With so many check styles to choose from – and even more if you include similar patterns like trellis and harlequin checks – there are abundant ways to bring this much-loved pattern to your own home. Here are just a few of our top tips:
- Consider your personal style and preferences
- Start with a cushion or accent chair if you’re not sure about a full wall or curtain
- For a softer, subtle look pair with neutral colours
- Mix and match checks with floral patterned fabric of the same colour palette
Shop the Look: Checks
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