Before you yawn and think “too preppy,” “too Ralph” or “too retro” take another look at the modern ways dark tartan plaid — official Scottish clan patterns — and other plaids are being used. As unexpected as it is stunning, the tartan plaid accent wall in a contemporary Swedish bedroom [top] looks so crisp to me.
Navy tartan plaid also creates a lively ambiance in an otherwise traditional white bathroom. The Ranold tartan wallpaper in blue from fabricandpapers can give you this look in a day of DIY paper hanging.
Plaid on the back of a super-traditional side chair looks clubby with the leather seat. But lose the horsey background or move it to a modern space and this basic chair will pop.
That’s not a rug on the floor of this powder room. It’s Akdo’s Tulip Black Balmoral tartan plaid mosaic tile. Yes, tile!
Think about this marble mosaic for a kitchen backsplash — there are four other colorways from Akdo.
(Sources: hegegrenall-scholtz, veranda, gabberts, andreamay, akdo)
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