10 Ways to Decorate with Plaid


There’s simply nothing more festive than classic red and green during the holidays, so you can imagine why we go crazy for Suzanne Kasler’s plaid fabrics this time of year. We’re sharing 10 ways we’ve used this holiday favorite over the years.

Decorate with Suzanne Kasler's plaid

1. On Drapery Panels in a Tufted Ottoman

This library has that chic Ralph Lauren appeal that speaks to us around the holidays. We love this fabric upholstered on an ottoman, on drapery panels, or even just as a throw pillow.

Red holiday plaid pillows in a brown leather chair

2. Red Plaid Paired with Leather

Christmas Red complements warm leathers and even works with a sisal rug. In this space, we amped up the red accents for the holidays, and toned them down with neutrals the other 11 months of the year.

All over plaid on the rug, sofa, and ribbon

3. An Allover Look

In this space, we anchored the room with a plaid rug and kept the walls light and airy with a creamy white wall color (Suzanne’s favorite White Dove by Benjamin Moore). The light and dark elements balance each other out beautifully.

Holiday plaid chair with dark green walls

4. Head of the table

This dramatic pattern demands attention, which is why it works so well as the head chair at the table! We mixed and matched coordinating fabrics around the table, and topped it all off with a dark green wall color (Peale Green by Benjamin Moore).

Suzanne Kasler's red holiday plaid in a white room

5. Cheery Red in a Light and Airy Room

A light and airy room with whites and neutrals is a classic look we’ll never tire of, but during this time of year, we love to add in a bright and cheery holiday red. We did just that with two Courbe Ottomans in Suzanne Kasler’s Holiday Red and a throw blanket.

Upholstered walls in Suzanne Kasler's MacKenzie Plaid fabric

6. Plaid Upholstered Walls

We love the way Suzanne Kasler’s MacKenzie plaid fabric sets off white accents like a marble mantle, sunburst mirror, and white antlers. In this space, she upholstered the walls in fabric. So chic!

Ralph Lauren inspired living room with plaid, paisley, and fur accents

7. Mixed with Navy and Emerald Green

A dark plaid mixes perfectly with caramel colors, emerald green, and classic navy. In this space, we embraced the cozy feel of a lodge or library. A caramel, velvet sofa and dark walls envelope you with that fall feeling we crave this time of year.

Guest bedroom with plaid shams and a plaid bedskirt

8. Layer In Plaid Bedding for the Holidays

During the winter months, we swapped neutral shams and a bedskirt for Suzanne Kasler’s plaid. Top it off with a velvet quilt, and your guests will have a festive retreat while they’re away from home.

Plaid Christmas mantel

9. A Few Pieces Here and There

You don’t need to go all over plaid to make an impact. We chose our plaid moments carefully with a side chair, ribbon, and a plaid log carrier. All together it works, but during the warmer months, it’s easy to lighten up!

Bright red plaid mixed with whitewashed wood

10. Tucked Away or In An Entry

In this space, Suzanne tucked a few ottomans under a large dining table which serves as a console this large living room. Two small plaid ottomans offer storage but also color in a mostly white space.

So there you have it! Ten festive ways to work plaid accents into your home, both during the holidays and year round.

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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.


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    Fannie Villla

    December 11, 2016

    Wonderful idea to have a page with decorating for Christmas with many things you already have in the house.

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    Bonnie Bellino

    November 28, 2016

    Love the Mackenzie plaid!!! Great Christmas ideas!