Gingham Style

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Ok, so I’m fairly sure that the “Gingham Style” joke has been made before…a lot. That aside, I’d like today to talk about that ever-popular pattern – gingham. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with it. On the one hand, I love how some of it looks. On the other…it seems to be everywhere, which given the boldness of the pattern, can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. But I’d like to start embracing it a bit more as part of that “rustic chic” I love so much. It reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, and it’s so classic vintage.

Gingham is typically found in clothing (like these men’s shirts or this woman’s skirt), but in the last while, it’s making a big debut in homes, too:

Couch: bold gingham against a muted, neutral background

Couch: bold gingham against a muted, neutral background, via CB2

 

Tea Towel: picnic-in-the-park feel, all the time

Tea Towel: picnic-in-the-park feel, all the time, via West Elm

 

Table Runner: looks so great against a wood table.

Table Runner: looks so great against a wood table, via Pottery Barn

 

Storage Basket: adds a pop of pattern to ordinary storage

Storage Basket: adds a pop of pattern to ordinary storage, via Bed, Bath and Beyond

 

Plates and Cutlery: perfect for springtime and backyard dining.

Plates and Cutlery: perfect for springtime and backyard dining, via Elle Decor

While I’m still looking on how to best add a splash of gingham to the apartment, I think it’s a perfect spring/summer pop of colour that brings to mind barbecues and picnics in the park. In my opinion, this pattern does well with subtlety so while I would likely not buy an entire gingham couch, I do love the idea of having some napkins, or a set of plates around for a bit of en vogue flash.

If you’re looking for some more ideas on decorating with gingham, you can read this article at Apartment Therapy, or check out the writeup in Elle Decor. I’m also sure your grandparents have some gingham hanging around that you can use (after all, what was popular once tends to become popular again at some point)!

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