How To Decorate With Plaid

Fall and back-to-school season just scream plaid, so why not embrace it?
10/20/2015 11:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

By Colleen Egan, Architectural Digest.

(photo: Eric Piasecki)

Sheathed in a Schumacher plaid, the television room in the Houston home of decorator J. Randall Powers and investor William L. Caudell features a large Conrad Marca-Relli collage and a circa-1900 leather-clad English games chair. Millicent, a papillon, rests on an Hermᅢᄄs throw.

(photo: Roger Davies)

The Classic Cloth plaid used on the beds and the curtains' leafy Schumacher print add a spirited touch to a guest bedroom in this Los Angeles home decorated by Joan Behnke & Assoc.; the striped pillows and Joan Behnke-designed storage ottomans are both covered in Loro Piana fabrics, and the chandelier is by Axel Vervoordt.

(photo: Eric Piasecki)

At designer Elissa Cullman's Connecticut country house, the custom-made throw and handwoven rug are by Gregory Newham.

(photo: Roger Davies)

The billiard room of casino-resort mogul Steve Wynn's Manhattan pied-ᅢᅠ-terre, anchored by a Blatt Billiards pool table, features two Picasso paintings; the curtains are of a Sandra Jordan alpaca plaid, and the carpet is by M Collections.

(photo: Derry Moore)

A side table by Hervᅢᄅ Van der Straeten rests on a Moroccan rug in the library/office of a farmhouse in France that interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot overhauled with his sister and business partner, Virginie Deniot.

(photo: William Waldron)

A Slim Aarons photograph surmounts the mantel in the breakfast room of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade's Los Angeles residence, where a table and chairs designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll are grouped with a banquette upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home plaid; the tufted ottoman is covered in a fabric by Jasper.

(photo: Pieter Estersohn)

In this Brooklyn brownstone by Nick Olsen, two of the family's children share a room lined with a Sandberg wallpaper from Stark; the Fine Arts Furniture trundle beds are dressed with RH bedding.

(photo: Scott Frances)

Colefax and Fowler striped wallpaper sheathes the morning room of this Charleston, South Carolina, mansion; the Mario Buatta-designed ottoman is clad in a Brunschwig & Fils cotton.

(photo: Oberto Gili)

A brass station light is suspended above the breakfast area's 19th-century lazy Susan table and antique Windsor chairs in this Martha's Vineyard summer home.

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