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 Osborne & Little's Cassiano 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.

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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, Mulberry's Ancient 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.
Tartan Check Wallpaper by Borastapeter 79
Tartan Check
Per roll
Craigie Check Fabric by The Isle Mill Heather
Craigie Check
Per metre
Austin Check Fabric by Clarke & Clarke Mineral/Blush
Austin Check
Per metre
Mouflon Check Fabric by Osborne & Little 2
Mouflon Check
Per metre
1485 Hemsby Check Fabric by Ian Mankin Russet
1485 Hemsby Check
Per metre
Peake's Check Fabric by Ian Mankin Monarch Blue
Peake's Check
Per metre
Ancient Tartan Fabric by Mulberry Home Red/Charcoal
Ancient Tartan
Per metre
Checkerbox Fabric by Lewis & Wood Pomergranate
Per metre
Checkered Patchwork Wallpaper by Mind The Gap Mid Brown
Checkered Patchwork
Per set of 3 rolls
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