Style Guide: Summer Plaids

June 19, 2013

Style Guide: Summer Plaids

If you think plaid is reserved for the winter months, have we got some great (and easy!) summertime decorating ideas for you.

It’s true that this popular pattern is often found on warm flannel sheets, cozy down bedding, and curtains fit for a snowy retreat. But as madras shorts have shown us, plaid can do so much more—select one in bright color an airy style, and this pattern can also be a sweet addition to your spring and summer decor.

You don’t need to redecorate to incorporate plaid–in fact, you probably wouldn’t want to go all out with the pattern.  But try one of these ideas in a room you’d like to give a summer vibe.

In the Bedroom

You’ll get a big style impact easily if you switch out your wintry down comforter in navy, maroon, and forest green for a similar trio in summer shades, like this vibrant mix of pink and turquoise. And if changing out your whole bed set for something new isn’t in the cards, you can still brighten up your bedroom with a set of plaid sheets in a pretty pastel, like this lovely set in lavender.



Pictured: Nautica Sutter Creek Quilt, Laura Ashley Sophia Sheet Set

In the Bathroom

One of the easiest ways to add plaid to your bathroom is with a shower curtain. This summer, ditch a plain curtain a sunny, mod plaid (left). If that’s too much pop for your neutral-toned bathroom, you can a bit of plaid with more muted one, in grays and yellows.


Pictured: Park B. Smith® Wavy Plaid Shower Curtain, Barton Fresco Shower Curtain

In the Kitchen

Spring and summer are all about letting the sun shine in. What better way to do that then with a pair of pretty plaid curtains? Try a set in gold, or in a crisp, country blue:


Pictured: Rowan Gold Plaid Window Treatment, Bristol Plaid Window Curtain Tiers


A less permanent way to introduce a plaid pattern is to simply dress up your table with a plaid tablecloth, or go even lower-commitment with plaid placemats.


Pictured: Summer Check Tablecoth & Napkins, Summer Check Placemat

In the Living Room

Incorporating summer plaid into your living room decor doesn’t mean completely foregoing the already established scheme. Instead, switch out wintery accent pieces for those in a lighter, brighter version of this pattern. We’re talking throws and toss pillows in summer pastels like the one below:


Pictured: Rose Tree Summerton 18-Inch Square Toss Pillow


Megan Mostyn-Brown

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