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It is no secret that I love the Buffalo Check pattern. This pattern has now become a mainstream design choice. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to incorporate it into your home. Here is some history and how to decorate with Buffalo Check on a budget.

A Little History

There is a lot of mystery surrounding exactly how this pattern got it’s name. Some say it comes from the tartan pattern worn by Sir Malcolm MacGregor in the highlands of Scotland.

Others say it is the result of an outdoorsman in Montana and the Dakotas who traded blankets with the pattern for pelts from the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. These Indians named the blankets “buffalo plaid”.

What is known is that for centuries, all over the world, this checked pattern can be found. It appears in both casual cabins and Governor’s homes alike. To read more about this history, click here The History of Buffalo Check Pattern.

What Is The Appeal

Buffalo Check is a beautiful pattern that makes utilitarian textiles like blankets and shirts beautiful.

The simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to coordinate with different styles. It is classic in its design foundation.

The most common colors are red &black or black & white. However, today’s designs include much lighter colors. Grays, blush and other neutral tones can be found in everything from furniture, wallpaper and home accents.

How To Decorate

While Buffalo Check is most often associated with rustic or country-style homes, it has now made the mainstream. The bold simple pattern is timeless. See more details in Better Homes & Gardens article “Timeless Ways to Decorate With Buffalo Check Plaid.”

It can give a room a blast of color and texture. Then you can use it as the foundation for other patterns and colors in a room. Upholstered furniture or drapes is an easy way to incorporate this pattern.

If furniture or drapes are too big of a statement, then perhaps an accent piece is better. Lampshades and pillows will add a subtle style to any room.

Another popular use of Buffalo Check is in table decor. You can find everything from placemats and napkins to dinnerware. The beauty of the pattern is that it will generally work with the things you already own.

I personally this love this pattern so much that I have incorporated several accent pieces into my home. The holiday reindeer pillows from The Lakeside Collection were last year’s addition to my Christmas Decor.

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