Ask and You Shall Receive: Here Are 7 Ways to Work Plaid Into Your Home This Holiday Season

Come winter, few things are more appealing than curling up on the sofa with a great book — and, of course, this scene just wouldn't be complete without a plush flannel throw or a cozy plaid pillow. Seeing as colder weather will be here before we know it, we turned to some of our favorite interior designers for foolproof ways to incorporate the quintessential winter pattern into our homes.

Spanning an ingenious styling trick that uses an affordable tartan throw to instantly give a sofa new life, and a tried-and-true method for making a space look and feel more inviting by layering a small patterned rug over a larger jute rug, ahead are seven inspired ways to bring plaid into your home for the holiday season and beyond. Keep scrolling to see and shop the looks for your own home if you'd like.

1. Toss a modern plaid throw over your ottoman.

Have an upholstered ottoman? Toss a plaid throw over it to instantly make your space look and feel cozier and more inviting. Opt for a blanket in a modern print with a neutral color scheme (think navy, white, and gray) to carry you through the season.

2. Cover up your sofa with a tartan throw.

Give your sofa the tartan treatment by simply tossing a printed throw directly over your sofa's back cushions, or by tucking a throw (or in this case a tablecloth) under the back cushions and draping it over the backrest, as seen here, for a subtler look.

3. Layer a colorful plaid rug into your living room.

traditinal living room with plaid rug layered over a jute rug
credit: Studio McGee

By layering a boldly printed plaid rug over a larger jute rug, you'll immediately add depth and texture to your space. After all, winter is the perfect time to bring texture into your home to make it feel cozier, so why not layer an on-trend rug into your living room?

4. Opt for a timeless buffalo plaid statement chair.

If you're willing to invest in a plaid statement piece that'll look great in your home well beyond the holidays, consider splurging on an accent chair. Buffalo plaid is timeless and exudes modern-rustic vibes year-round — just pile on the textiles during the colder months.

5. Lean into traditional tartan with an accent chair.

For a different take on the look, opt for a statement-making accent chair in a more traditional tartan pattern. A modern shape, like the midcentury modern armchair pictured here or the boxy chair linked below, keeps the silhouette from feeling too stuffy.

6. Add a buffalo plaid fringe throw to your bed.

Take style notes from this festive bedroom and pair a red-and-black buffalo plaid throw with a few emerald green velvet accent pillows to outfit your bed in a traditional holiday color palette. Or, simply layer the throw over the foot of your bed for an instant seasonal update.

7. When in doubt, add a festive plaid accent pillow.

Of course, you can never go wrong with adding a plaid accent pillow to any space. Take inspiration from this living room and layer textiles of various textures — note the cable knit throw, the velvet lumbar pillow, and the plush faux fur blanket — to curate a cozy vignette.


Megan Beauchamp

Megan Beauchamp

Megan Beauchamp is a writer and editor in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in MyDomaine, House Beautiful, Bustle, and Brit + Co., among others.