Inspired Interiors: Passion for Plaid | Ty Pennington
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Spotlight | Plaid is Rad

Adding seasonal accents to your home can be as simple as a tossing a throw pillow or as transformative as a new piece of winter-inspired furniture. I love incorporating seasonal textiles into my home to give it that extra bit of festive glow, and for me, it’s all about the plaid (aka tartan). There’s just something about it that reminds me of a cozy, winter cabin. What do you think?

Even though plaid textiles are somewhat traditional, you can find modern patterns and colors to match any personal style. Check out some inspiring plaid interiors below…

Modern plaid accents | Ty PenningtonAdd a plaid blanket to your bedroom for seasonal flair | Ty Pennington

Plaid throw pillows and blankets are simple ways to add a pop of color in a room. And you don’t have to stick to classic red patterns! The vibrant color combinations in modern plaid textiles can give your home a fresh touch.

Add a plaid blanket to your bedroom for seasonal flair | Ty Pennington

Contemporary black and white designs are also cool for tartan accents.

Black and white plaid pillow | Ty Pennington

In the dining room, switch out your regular table runner with a colorful plaid one. Or try adding tartan placemats with neutral or metallic table ware for a sophisticated display.

Plaid placemat for winter table decor | Ty Pennington Seasonal plaid table runner | Ty Pennington

A plaid accent wall against modern decor makes for a unique combination. Or keep things classic with traditional wall colors and cozy interiors.

Traditional plaid accent wall with modern interiors | Ty Pennington Traditional design with plaid accent wall | Ty Pennington

Brave enough for plaid carpeting? Upgrade playrooms or other kid-friendly spaces with plaid flooring for a fun touch. And if you’re not willing to make such a big commitment, a simple rug is equally stylish.

Fun plaid carpeting in kids' playroom | Ty Pennington Plaid accent rugs add a seasonal touch to any room | Ty Pennington Modern plaid run with vintage accents | Ty Pennington Plaid kitchen rugs | Ty Pennington

Lastly, furniture upholstered  in tartan fabrics is a great way to give your home that cabin fever. Plaid armchairs and footstools are great, but you don’t have to buy a new piece of furniture to achieve the look. Find a classic slipcover and you’re good to go!

Plaid chair with vintage accents| Ty Pennington DIY plaid footstool | Ty Pennington Plaid chair | Ty Pennington

Do you think plaid is rad? Share your favorite plaid interiors in the comments below.


Photo Source: Architectural Digest, Discoveredd, Apartment Therapy, At Home in Love, House Beautiful, Style Me Pretty, The Rug Company, Style at Home

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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