Get the look: Checks

How to decorate your home with checks

Often associated with more traditional interiors, checks have a strong heritage in home design – from classic tartan with its cultural significance to bold checkerboard and sweet gingham, there’s a check for every occasion. A design classic, checks are easy to incorporate into your existing scheme.


Check fabric

When it comes to fabrics, soft checks will give a somewhat natural feel while more structured designs will give a modern edge to your space. Sanderon's Samphrey Check features a soft check that is easy to style, while Christopher Farr Cloth's Chubby Check is a bold, large-scale, weaved design making it perfect for a statement chair or pillow.

Petite checks, like Babington Check fabric by Mulberry Home are easy-going as a choice for curtains and upholstery while Harlequin's Ertha fabric in pink and green would add depth and interest to any interior.

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Check wallpaper

When it comes to wallpaper, a very soft pastel design like Sandberg's gingham Ruta wallpaper will sit beautifully in your kitchen or dining room. Tartan is not just for fabric, Mulberry's Ancient Tartan wallpaper and MINDTHEGAP's Unusual Tartan are two modern designs perfect for adding a more traditional feel to a room.  

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'Offsetting your checks with generous doses of white or other neutrals is a great way to prevent your space from looking too busy.'

Jane Clayton Style Team

Top check styling tips

With so many check styles to choose from – and even more if you include similar patterns like trellis and harlequin checks – there are abundant ways to bring this much-loved pattern to your own home. Here are just a few of our top tips:

  1. Consider your personal style and preferences
  2. Start with a pillow or accent chair if you’re not sure about a full wall or drapery
  3. For a softer, subtle look pair with neutral colors
  4. Mix and match checks with floral patterned fabric of the same color palette


Shop the Look: Checks

Discover checks for every interior style in our collection of wallpapers and fabrics.
Fenton Check Fabric by Sanderson Check Grey / Cinnamon
Fenton Check
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Herman Wallpaper by Sandberg Spring Green
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Lykke Wallpaper by Sandberg Terracotta
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