Trend Alert: Crazy for Check

Bold check patterns are having a moment in design.  Check is easy-to-love, easy-to-live with and a pattern you can use in your home in any season, whether you're selling or staying put.

As a finishing touch or geometric wow-factor, you can successfully use a check pattern for decor, linens, walls, and even floors!  For a home on the market, stick to neutral tones that blend with the space yet add an interesting element.

I recommend implementing trends with discretion!  Trends are amazing and fun to try, but the last thing you want is to spend a lot of money only to see the trend change next year.  Here I've outlined how you can use the check trend in timeless, affordable ways in your home. 

In a Bedroom

Large check pillows and a matching throw make the modern farmhouse cabin bedroom (above) pop.  Keeping the elements of the room like the shiplap walls and rustic floors neutral, allows for an element of surprise on the bed.  With low commitment decor elements like pillows and throws, simply swap them out when the season, the trend, or your taste changes.

In a Small Space

It may seem counterintuitive, but choosing an oversized pattern can actually make a small space look larger.  The subdued check in this bathroom is pleasant, expands the space, and adds the check trend in a way that will stand the test of time.


On the Floor

Add a pop of pattern for a fresh, fun look in an unexpected place.  This bold floor draws you into the space without distracting from the incredible water views.  With it's simplicity, a floor like this can be enjoyed while you're in your home as well as make your home attractive to buyers when it's time to sell.


Add an Accent

Soft earthy tones and grays create a comfortable, natural, relaxed atmosphere while red serves as an accent color.  To update this look for a warmer season simply swap a green or navy throw in place of the bold red.


Make it Modern

Adding a subtle check pattern on the banquette and a colorful check patterned throw lends warmth and coziness without distracting from the sleek style of this modern ranch house in Alberta, Canada.  Here, the throw can be removed in warmer months while the banquette cushion will look appropriate in any season and even when it comes time to sell the residence.

Highlight Windows

Sticking to a neutral color palette when combining patterns and textures keeps a space looking calm, not chaotic.  Whether a living room, bedroom, or den, neutral gingham window treatments add softness without overwhelming the space.  (Go here to read my blog about how to hang curtains to make the most of your space.)  I especially like the addition of the hides and wrought iron bed in this bedroom.  It creates a lovely western feel that's updated and cozy.  Again, this look works for staging or staying put.


My preference when implementing a trend is to 1) not be too trendy 2) keep it cost-effective.  In these examples check was used in color tones that will stand the test of time and with methods and products that add the trend in simple ways without breaking the bank.

Here are my favorite check items for your home available on Amazon now:


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