Plaid is a pattern that we see a lot of around the the wintery months, so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share a plaid inspired nursery look. Some may find plaid and tartan a strange choice for a nursery because it can read as seasonal, but as long as you don’t overuse seasonal colors, like red, then plaid works really well. As intimidating as it may seem, plaid is such a versatile motif and can be combined with just about any design style or theme, given that the colors are fairly neutral. Plaid tends to have a more traditional reputation, but for this design board, I added in some modern pieces as well to showcase it’s versatility.
As you can see from the design above, plaid can be used within multiple design elements, and even combined to create a layered look (like how the rug and chair are similar patterns, but also work together). As long as the scale and colorway of the patterns compliment one another, you are safe to combine a piece or two!
When working with large proportions of plaid, I suggest using secondary patterns that are more subtle. This will ensure that the plaid remains the focus and the remaining patterns play a supporting role. for example, the Horizon wallpaper from Anthropologie is not a plaid, but a more subtle pattern in a neutral tone.
The main color scheme here is neutral, but it’s also high contrast. The black and white pairing is so popular right now, and these neutral plaids are a more classic take on that. Rich wood and brass accents bring warmth, and the little pop of yellow and teal adds whimsy. Finally, texture adds the right amount of interest without overpowering. Chunky knits and statement pom-poms are great ways to incorperate a textural touch!
For more plaid nursery inspiration check out my buffalo check inspired design!
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