Plaid is one of those patterns that can polarise people I find. You either love it or hate it, like the Marmite of the interiors world. I admit I used to hate it but I’m coming around. I can see it in my Italian home (which I don’t have), or my Upstate New York cabin, (which I also don’t have!) or my Scottish estate (nope, don’t have one of those either). I found a Scottish estate recently set in acres of land, with a huge lake for fishing, a forest and more. I’m imagining long country walks, evenings around the fire – heavenly. Except I need to stop dreaming about second pads as I’m not getting one anytime soon, and concentrate on my London one!
So back to plaid. Distinctive, memorable it can look amazing. There are tricks though (aren’t there always), and it should come with a warning! Firstly, a plaid wallpaper can look overwhelming which is great if you want to go for that look, but as I’ve gotten subtler and a little more refined with age I would moderate the palette that way you won’t get sick of it.
Also if you opt for plaid on the walls restrict the amount of other patterns in the room otherwise everything can feel a bit too busy, so balance it all out with a lot of solid hues. There are so many plaids I hate, but the one in the slideshow above I adore, literally adore. It’s a gridded wallpaper called Egarton Plaid by Ralph Lauren. I would love it in my guest room. Second image is an interior designed by Jean-Louis Deniot for his sister in rural France. We shot Jean’s left bank apartment recently for my next book and I am a big fan of his work. There is something about plaid that promises cozy snug nights around a fire listening to a spot of jazz, sipping a whisky. Rock on plaid I say!