Get the look: Checks

How to decorate your home with 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.

 

Check fabric

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 TextilesPortland fabric features a sketchy check that is easy to style, while Kirkby Design’s Beam 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 Ralph Lauren’s Adalaide Check are easy-going as a choice for curtains and upholstery while Ian Mankin’s Suffolk Check in black and white would add depth and interest to a monochrome interior.

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Check wallpaper

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, Casadeco’s Tartan wallpaper and Mind The Gap's Unusual Tartan are two modern designs.  

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'Offsetting your checks with generous doses of white or other neutrals is a great way to prevent your space from looking too busy.'

Jane Clayton Style Team

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:

  1. Consider your personal style and preferences
  2. Start with a cushion or accent chair if you’re not sure about a full wall or curtain
  3. For a softer, subtle look pair with neutral colours
  4. Mix and match checks with floral patterned fabric of the same colour palette

 

Shop the Look: Checks

Discover checks for every interior style in our collection of wallpapers and fabrics.
Ancient Tartan Fabric by Mulberry Home Red/Charcoal
Ancient Tartan
£139.00
Per metre
Maude Check Fabric by Nina Campbell Blue
Maude Check
£57.00
Per metre
Craigie Check Fabric by The Isle Mill Heather
Craigie Check
£72.87
Per metre
Checkerbox Fabric by Lewis & Wood Pomergranate
Checkerbox
£91.51
Per metre
Linsmore Check Fabric by Colefax and Fowler Stone
Linsmore Check
Available only in our made to measure items
Austin Check Fabric by Clarke & Clarke Mineral/Blush
Austin Check
£47.50
Per metre
Doncaster Tartan Fabric by Ralph Lauren Evening Red
Doncaster Tartan
£104.00
Per metre
Tartan Wallpaper by Casadeco 1129
Tartan
£61.90
Per roll
Tartan Check Wallpaper by Borastapeter 79
Tartan Check
£34.00
Per roll
1485 Hemsby Check Fabric by Ian Mankin Russet
1485 Hemsby Check
£44.50
Per metre
Peake's Check Fabric by Ian Mankin Monarch Blue
Peake's Check
£44.50
Per metre
Mouflon Check Fabric by Osborne & Little 2
Mouflon Check
£125.00
Per metre
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