Mad for Plaid? We've Got 5 Ways to Decorate With Fall's Favorite Pattern

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Sitting outside by the fire, sipping on hot chocolate, cuddling up with a blanket and your person — these are just some of the reasons fall is the best season of all. It's also the season of plaid, and this pattern isn't only available on your favorite shirt. If you love this fall classic, keep reading to see how to pull in plaid in big and small doses.

Try It With Accent Pieces



Add touches of wool upholstery on accent pieces such as occasional chairs or stools. This counter stool is upholstered in tartan wool adorned with nickel nail heads.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

If you aren't quite on board with this print, try it in accent pieces like chairs or pillows. In this office nook, a chair is upholstered in tartan wool and adorned with nickel nailhead trim that instantly bring coziness to the room.

It Isn't Just for Adults

Kids Bedroom With Map Wallpaper and Plaid Bedding

Kids Bedroom With Map Wallpaper and Plaid Bedding

A family of stuffed animals lounge against plaid pillows in this eclectic boys' bedroom. The bedding compliments the colors found in the map wallpaper behind the neutral upholstered headboard with navy and gold trim. The kids' room has a subtle nautical theme, but is sophisticated enough to grow with the child.

The plaid bedding brings sophistication to the subtle nautical theme in this boy's bedroom, while the eclectic map wallpaper ties all the colors together. 

Make a Statement



Previously void of color and pattern, the updated breakfast nook is packed with vibrant hues and graphic lines. The walls were painted the same shade of navy blue as the family room area and the windows are covered with the same drapery fabric and hardware, keeping the different spaces united for a cohesive look.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Go bold if your love for plaid is insurmountable. Decorate with this pattern in larger pieces like a sofa, rug or floor-to-ceiling window treatments. In this dining room, the red-and-blue window treatments create a striking contrast against the navy blue walls and rustic-style pendant light.

Combine It With Other Patterns

Blue Plaid Wallpaper in a Traditional Room

Blue Plaid Wallpaper in a Traditional Room

This room's walls are patterned with a masculine, blue plaid wallpaper. The warm wood floors are topped by a cowhide rug, and a corner armchair provides the perfect spot for enjoying the beautiful natural light from the window.

Photo by: Kip Dawkins

Kip Dawkins

The botanical-print pillow adds a feminine touch to the masculine plaid wallpaper in this reading nook. To combine other patterns with plaid effortlessly, stick with a cohesive color scheme.

Take a Subtle Approach

Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

A variety of patterns, from plaids on the lights and chairs to a trellis-inspired backsplash, contribute to this traditional kitchen's classic brown and white palette.

Plaid doesn't have to be bold and daring. Decorate with plaid in neutral tones to get the look you love without going overboard on color. In this kitchen, neutral plaid pendant lighting and stools stay true to the room's traditional design.

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Gang's All Here

DIY Network's Matt Muenster, Alison Victoria, Josh Temple and Matt Blashaw know that DIY style calls for hard-working flannel. Looking good, guys!

Chris Grundy, Cool Tools

Working hard doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style, as Chris knows all too well.

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Anthony Carrino, Kitchen Cousins

We're sure that Anthony would look great in anything, but a cozy flannel shirt might just be our favorite look for this handsome cousin.

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Alison Victoria, Kitchen Crashers

Full of beauty and brawn, this is one woman who knows her way around the kitchen (the kitchen construction site, that is).

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Jeff Devlin, I Hate My Bath

Safety glasses? Check. Nail Gun? Check. Fabulous flannel? Check. It looks like Jeff's got all the essentials covered.

Amy Matthews, DIY's Sweat Equity and HGTV's Renovation Raiders

Sporting a messy braid, ripped jeans and an adorable flannel, Amy looks as if she could redo a room or run around town.

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

John Colaneri, Kitchen Cousins

You don't see the flannel? Look again, closer this time. John's flannel surprise is peeking out from underneath his gray sweater for a look that couldn't be any cozier.

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Sara Bendrick, I Hate My Yard

Bright flannel and an even brighter smile make Sara the darling landscape designer we know and love.

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Stephen Fanuka, Million Dollar Contractor

Poised in plaid, Stephen looks right at home sitting on the counter of a newly-renovated kitchen. Shoes off the counter, Stephen!

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Matt Blashaw, Yard Crashers

Is it just us, or is there something about a man wearing a comfy plaid shirt while surrounded by nature that just feels right?

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

More Matt

Matt's just so happy the flannel look is back that he can't contain his excitement! We're excited too, Matt.

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Anitra Mecadon, Mega Dens, & Chris Grundy

Looking cute and cozy in flannel, Anitra and Chris are all set for a day of hard work on Blog Cabin 2012.

James Young, I Hate My Kitchen

The best part of waking pouring yourself a hot cup of coffee and picking out your favorite flannel.

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Coordinating Cousins

Looking good in complementing hues, you have to wonder, did they plan that?

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Jonathan Scott, Brother vs. Brother

Forget the power suit, Jonathan feels most competent in one of his many flannel shirts. Don't mess with a good thing. Right, Jonathan?

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John DeSilvia, Rescue My Renovation

Looking fab in plaid, John takes a breather while filming in New York.

Photo By: Jack Parker

Double Trouble

As part of the Blog Cabin team, Matt and Chris are proud to rock the team uniform — a stylish flannel shirt!

Photo By: Adrian Henson

Josh Temple, House Crashers

On the set of DIY Network's House Crashers, Josh shows off a newly-renovated basement while looking snazzy in dark blue flannel.

Photo By: Michael Kleveter

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