We’re Into: Checks

Buffalo check fabric on Leyland slipper chair

Whether you consider clean and tailored your calling cards to style or you’re a shabby chic kind of girl, we have two words for you: choose checks. This classic pattern isn’t just for little girls and country kitchens anymore. Checks are fresh again, whether they’re living large in oversized prints or small in scale. And because it’s such a versatile pattern, checks can go anywhere and mix with anything. Here are some of our favorite ways to use checks at home.

Once considered a traditional pattern that skewed a little country, buffalo check is finding its way into a variety of interiors. Its wide tonal stripes make it an easy choice to mix with other patterns, so feel free to make some bold choices, as we did here. The buffalo check creates balance between the large-scale herringbone pattern on the rug and the daybed’s relaxed stripes.

Checks can feel refined when paired with the right accessories

This all-American classic print is more than just a fad, so it’s a safe choice for curtains or upholstery. Believe it or not, gingham can belong in more refined, sophisticated interiors without losing any of its sweet and rustic appeal. It all depends on how you use it and what you pair it with.

Gwyneth Buffalo check bedding collection

Updated in fresh spa tones, two beloved patterns create a dreamy mix in this bedroom. The airy checks and unpretentious attitude of buffalo check serve as the perfect foil to the busy scenic print and English-formal style of toile. And when layered in with our modern, geometric fabric, Piper Mineral, the overall result is chic and playful.

Buffalo check throw pillows

Just a dash will do. If you’d rather go the low-commitment route, splurge on a pair of throw pillows or seat cushions. We love the pop of pattern our Buffalo Check Pillows bring to this otherwise neutral room. Notice how it layers in effortlessly with the chinoiserie vases and our fun Dodie print pillow, too. It really does play well with others!

Bunny Williams checkered table cloth in blue

We absolutely love this cool update on the classic checkered tablecloth. The painterly blue and white checks punch up any outdoor affair, from a backyard brunch to a picnic at the beach. The pattern is based on a piece of vintage fabric Bunny Williams found while shopping with us in New York.

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Amy Bonnet

    July 14, 2015

    What is the green color on the walls of the first we’ve got checks room

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 15, 2015

      Hi Amy,
      It’s Benjamin Moore’s Shades of Spring #537!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team