I love the farmhouse style and how effortless the decorating looks, knowing that it is anything but simple. The lines are clean and the decor is understated, but the layout and the design are detailed and dynamic. That is why farmhouse style is the hottest style around, and that is also why there are “branches” stemming out from it. HUH??? Have you noticed when scrolling through pinterest or houzz, you’ll come across a picture titled “Modern Farmhouse,” but it isn’t exactly what you would call farmhouse style? Well, that is what I am talking about when I say branches- they are combinations of other styles mixed in with the farmhouse style. The lines are still clean and the decor still looks effortless…….but the accessories aren’t strictly items purchased from Magnolia Market (even though you’ll see those too-thank you Joanna & Chip). Today we will look at Find Your Style – Four Farmhouse Mood Boards (Part 1): Farmhouse Traditional, Farmhouse Coastal, Farmhouse Rustic, and Farmhouse Chic. Here they are in separate posts: Find Your Style: Farmhouse Traditional, Farmhouse Coastal, Farmhouse Rustic, Farmhouse Chic. -in case you want to view them one at a time. ***Stay tuned for Part 2 – coming soon.***
So, lets see how this works. Basically, you can change the look of a room by simply changing out a couple of the accessories while leaving the main elements in the room the same. In the mood boards below, there are Four Farmhouse Styles using primarily the same items and colors, but only the accessories change the look of the room. The sofa, accent chair, throw blanket, & throw pillows (on the sofa) are the core elements that stay, while the rug, lamps, tables, farmhouse sign, and floor poufs are interchanged throughout the different styles. Love it!! It’s like a mix-and-match system where you can pull different items from each of the rooms to design your own personal space!! It’s YOUR house, so decorate however it you want!!
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FIND YOUR STYLE -FOUR FARMHOUSE MOOD BOARDS (PART 1)
Don’t you love all of the different looks and decorating combinations you can create with only a handful of items? The possibilities are endless…..well almost 😉
So, now that you are at the end -which one is your favorite style…..or do you like a combination of all the styles? If I had to pick one (would be hard)……I would probaly pick Farmhouse Chic because of all the pops of color and patterns! I also like all the cra-zee going on with it. Let me know what you choose!!
Did you ever think brick fireplaces would become popular again….or that people would actually want to include them in their “must haves” for their new home builds??!! Well, I am here to tell you – yes & well… YES. They are still going strong my friend. And for those of you have “remove ugly brick fireplace” on your bucket list, there is hope for you too. You can white-wash it, or thanks to Chip & Joanna, you can now try the German Schmear technique to get rid of it once & for all!! WOOHOO!! Let’s get to it!! Today I will be finishing the second portion of my brick fireplace obsession: 35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2) and you won’t want to miss all the good info!!
In this post, I am focusing on natural-colored brick (brick that is left natural, white-washed or has the German Schmear technique) fireplaces. If you are looking for painted white fireplace inspirations, click 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1). If you are joining in from part 1, welcome!!
So, what is the difference between natural, white-washed brick, and the German Schmear technique brick? I thought the best way to explain it would be through pictures.
Natural brick is just like it sounds, nothing is added or taken away from it. The brick stays in it’s original beautiful state. The only changes made are through the color of the grout lines: matching grout keeps the look seamless, and contrasting grout gives it depth.
White-washed brick uses a diluted paint mixture (like a 50/50 paint to water ratio). You can control how much of the brick that is covered by the amount of water you dilute the paint with. The more water that is used: the less coverage you get. And vice versa. You can tell that when compared to the natural brick fireplace it has a white-ish color covering the entire fireplace.
FYI- According to wikipedia “Schmear” is a German word which means smear or spread (like as in butter). That is why you will see it with both spellings: as German Schmear or German Smear. Ok….just had to get that settled. Now we can move on.
The German Schmear technique uses a mortarmixture (not paint)- (like 70/30 mortar to water ratio). It is a thicker mixture more like pancake batter. You can control how much of the brick that is covered by how much of the mixture you apply to the brick.
The differences between white-washed and German Schmear: the German Schmear technique covers the brick (partially or completely) with the mortar mixture, hardens, is permanent, and is more time-consuming; whereas the white-washed method covers the brick with an opaque color (can still see through to the brick), is not permanent, and is less time-consuming.
***If you want to learn more about the white-washed and German Schmear techniques, go to the end of the post for some tutorials. These tutorials are mot mine or performed by me, just ones I recommend for you to try*** So let me know which one you choose! They are all great tutorials.
As you scroll through the pictures and oohh and aww over your favorites….shoot me a comment at the end with your favorite picks!! I can’t wait to see what everyone chooses. Now…..let’s get to the good stuff!!
Can you tell how the brick is natural in the picture above (you can see the true brick color) where in the picture below the brick has been white-washed (has a slight white-ish glaze covering it)? In both of these fireplaces, the grout lines are white, contrasting with the brick color to give it depth.
In the picture above the grout is gray colored to blend in with the brick (to give it a seamless look), and in the picture below the grout is whiter and exaggerated (to give it high contrast). Just wanted to point a couple of these out. Carry on 🙂
The German Schmear is soooo gorgeous- it is in both of these pictures, above & below. It creates such an authentic look, giving an ordinary brick fireplace a ton of character. I LOVE it!!
If you want to learn how to do the German Schmear click on the link at the bottom of the pictures. If you want to learn about white-washing brick, scroll down to the next session for those tutorials. They all share great tips and information.
Let me know how it goes…… I’d love to get some feedback from you.
So besides me, who is LOVING the white brick fireplace trend??!! It is just so clean and fresh, and can be incorporated into almost any home decor style. I love how the subtle texture of the brick blends with the smooth linear lines of the mantel to create a little piece of quiet drama. And since I just happen to be crushing on this white fireplace style, and we just happen to be remodeling our fireplace ANYWAY…….I thought I would share these 30 stunning white brick fireplace ideas and inspirational pictures with you (in case you are on the fence about having it done or doing it diy style). Since I’m loving ALL brick fireplaces right now, I thought I would break these up into 2 posts: white brick fireplaces (Part 1), and unpainted brick fireplaces (Part 2) coming soon.
As you scroll through the pictures, you can tell how different all the styles are: modern farmhouse, coastal, boho chic, modern, cottage, traditional, and more. Each fireplace is also one-of-a-kind……don’t we alll want to say we have something “custom” in our house? LOL!! You can do a ton of different looks with the brick: change the direction of the brick pattern, layer it high or keep it low, use as a fireplace surround or as the entire fireplace, keep straight lines or use arches, etc. Plus if you already have it in your house (& it’s an ugly color because it’s from the 80’s) you change the color by painting it – like…. today!!! WOO-HOO!!
And I just have to give a shout out to the QUEEN of white brick fireplace inspiration…..Joanna Gaines!! Everything she does is magical, and the white brick fireplace is no exception!! Her shiplap and white brick creation is simple perfection, and I love it so much that I am adding it to my house….. even as we speak. I can’t wait to add mine to the mix – making it thirty-ONE white brick fireplaces!!! 😉
***If you are looking for more help on this as a diy project, scroll down to the end of the post for some tutorials. These tutorials are not mine or performed by me, but ones that I recommend for you to try. Hopefully, theses tutorials will help you decide if this is a diy project you can take on, or something that you should hire out.*** So, let’s get rolling….
30 STUNNING WHITE BRICK FIREPLACE IDEAS (PART 1)
Isn’t it great how the color and style of the mantel completely sets the tone and style of the room? It can be painted white for a crisp, clean (modern look), left natural (boho look), stained dark (traditional look), cedar (rustic or modern farmhouse look), hung with corbels (cottage), etc. The mantels can be prominent or subtle, and sometimes there is no mantel at all. The possibilities are endless!! As you scroll through these, you’ll be able to see the differences. And you’ll also begin to lean towards one or 2 distinct styles- right??
White fireplaces are not limited only to the indoors. Continue the fireplace theme onto an attached outdoor patio, a closed-in sunroom, or a detached outdoor kitchen/seating area. It will add texture to smooth surfaces like concrete and tiled floors, and will create a beautiful ambiance for nighttime entertaining. Can’t you just see the kiddos toasting marshmallows for s’mores while the adults sip wine? Oh yeah- I’m there!!!
You can tell how the different shades of white paint colors (on the fireplace) change the mood and feel of the room. The brighter whites create a “cleaner” formal style (below), whereas the softer whites create a more “relaxed’ style (above). The height of the fireplace also changes the feel of the room. Lower ceilings and fireplaces lean toward a more casual style (above) and provide a cozier environment whereas as a taller fireplace adds more drama and sophistication (below) creating a more formal environment. BOTH of these rooms are extremely gorgeous…..it just depends on the look you are going for, and the mood you want to create for your home.
The hearth also plays a huge part in the “feel” of the room. In the picture above, the fireplace does not have a hearth and is set up to provide warmth to the dining room. It doesn’t need to invite guests to sit down and relax, because they are close enough to the fire while they are sitting in the dining chairs. In the picture below, the fireplace does have a hearth and is set up for a place to come and “cozy up” in the larger family room. The hearth is needed here to provide additional seating for larger groups of guests, and to provide an area to come “warm up”, due to the larger sized room. Once again…just depends on the function and style of your room.
Notice the arch in the picture above? I love the softness it creates when compared to all of the linear lines. It also adds an “old world” or authentic look to the fireplace-right? But don’t be fooled….arches can be incorporated into more modern fireplaces too (go back to picture 5). It just depends on what you do to the rest of the fireplace design that changes the style.
Note the position of the fireplace position in all of the rooms pictured also. Some fireplaces are designed to go in the middle of the room, whereas some are off-centered (picture below) or positioned in the corner of a room. Some have bookshelves adjoining them, some have windows, some have walls, and some have open spaces (outdoors or two-sided fireplaces). Each fireplace has it’s own unique look- love this!!
Don’t forget about the inside of the fire box either. The herringbone pattern (above) with the soft or dark yellows hues adds interest and character to a simple fireplace design. Want it to look more subtle, go with the lighter shades of yellow. Want more drama, go with the darker or brighter shades of yellow (like the last picture by Studio-McGee). It also creates a natural focal point, drawing the eye down away from the not-so-attractive TV!!! What will they think of next?
All of these white brick fireplaces (and rooms) are just sooooo stunning!! So, which ones are your favorites? Difficult to choose…I hear ya!! If you would like to learn more about painting your existing fireplace white, read the tutorials below. It’s amazing what some paint can do to transform an out-dated fireplace.
If you have existing brick on your fireplace that you have been wanting to paint white, read the 3 tutorials listed below (just click on the link below the picture). Each of these tutorials gives great advice and tips to help you through the process, and take your worries away. No reason to keep that ugly old fireplace anymore…..especially when painted brick fireplaces are on trend. Painting it will lighten your entire room, giving it a much more modern and fresh look, and will change the entire style of your room. Plus, it will be clean!! Ok- so who’s in?? Try it and let me know how it goes.
I just have to say that I have been wanting to do a post on modern farmhouse bar stools for.EV.ER!!! and I am soooo excited to finally get the chance. There is just something about the modern farmhouse style that draws you in with it’s clean lines and no-fuss approach to decorating, and the bar stools follow these same guidelines. Once the bones of the kitchen are set up in the modern farmhouse style, the bar stools actually accent and personalize the space. And this is what makes each person’s kitchen sooooo unique- love this!!!
When scrolling through pinterest for kitchen inspirations, 3 things immediately catch my eye: bar stools, light pendants, and the color of the kitchen cabinets. These are the 3 elements that seem to move the eye around, and give the most interest to a plain kitchen canvas. Since most of my kitchen inspirations have a little farmhouse style in them, I knew finding the 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Stools wouldn’t be a problem. It’s just that I didn’t know if I could edit all of these bad boys into a cliff notes version post (yep- I said cliff notes…remember those)? So, I will try to do my best and scale it down the best I can…which means….grab a drink & some snacks. You’ll be here for awhile!!
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12 MODERN FARMHOUSE BAR STOOLS
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
Here are some guidelines to help you with measurements and spacing when purchasing bar stools. The main thing to look at is your counter height:
counter height (35″ – 37″) = counter stool
bar height (41″-43″) = bar stool
extra tall bar height (44″-47″) = extra tall bar stool
So, don’t forget to measure! Let’s get to the good stuff – the styles!!!
P.S…… The Last 2 stools (white w/gray top) are mine!! LOVE them!!
So many to choose from- right?? It’s amazing how one bar stool style can look so different depending on how it is made: color, fabric, wood/metal, and shape. The style not only changes the look of the kitchen….it also changes the feel of the kitchen. Love that!!
***Now, that you’ve scrolled all the way through….. which one works best for your style? Let me know which one you try.***
If you are a modern farmhouse, beach house coastal , or cottage chic kind of girl, then shiplap is your new best friend. If you didn’t know much about shiplap before Joanna and Chip Gaines started HGTV’s hit TV show “Fixer Upper,” you DO NOW. It is the perfect combination of rustic warmth meets casual elegance, and can be incorporated into almost any decor style. If you wan to learn more about shiplap or how to install it Click The Shiplap Guide: Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls (Part 1).
So, now that you know what shiplap is, you’re probably needing some ideas on how and where to use it- right? Well, you’re reading the right post. Here are 41 inspirational pictures to get you motivated!!
*** I am using the term “shiplap” in this post as a collective term that incorporates all 3 methods for getting the “shiplap look”. These pictures will either use 1. shiplap, 2. tongue & groove, or 3. plank methods (see post 1). Just wanted to clarify*** SO…..LET’S GET GOING!!
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP : 1.LIVING ROOM
Use shiplap in the living room behind shelves, as an accent wall, above the fireplace, behind built ins, or on a TV wall. It adds just enough texture to balance out smooth surfaces (like electronics, lighting, and curtain rods), and gives the room an instant focal point.
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP: 2. BEDROOM
Use shiplap with almost any decor style: coastal, farmhouse, shabby chic, cottage, rustic, modern, industrial, and so on. Use it on ceilings or behind the bed to add drama, or use it on headboards/ bed frames to add instant character.
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP: 3. BATHROOM
Use shiplap horizontally or vertically. The horizontal lines add visual width, whereas the vertical lines add visual height. It looks great behind vanities and free standing tubs. Afraid to commit? Use a small amount (like a half wall) around the tub or in a small half bath/powder room.
Shiplap is extremely versatile. It can be painted, stained, white-washed, left natural, or sanded and sealed – to name a few. Paint shiplap white for a fresh clean look or paint it dark for a moody, dramatic look. Leave shiplap natural (knotty and raw) for a rustic look.
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP: 4. ENTRY & HALLWAY
Use shiplap on entry or staircase walls. It gives your guests a glimpse of your decor style and what they can expect to see in the rest of your home. Shiplap also adds architectural detail to small areas, where there is minimal space to place furniture.
Use shiplap in the hallway as an accent wall, or as a hidden door for the powder bath. It adds a little excitement to an area that is usually left bare.
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP: 5. KITCHEN
The kitchen gives you a ton of options to use shiplap. Use it as backsplash, on kitchen islands, in bay window nooks, as pantry doors, barn doors, or wrapped columns. Use small boards or wide boards to get the “look” you want. Most common boards widths used for shiplap are 6″, 8″, or 10″.
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP: 6. LAUNDRY, MUDROOM, & PATIO
Use shiplap in unexpected places like laundry rooms and mudrooms. These rooms are not typically seen by guests, but can still be beautiful 🙂 Plus, you might need a little inspiration while you work- LOL!!
Use it outside in patio/entertaining areas to bring the warm & welcome feeling outdoors. These areas will feel more like extensions of your home, than feeling separate or cold.
WHERE TO USE SHIPLAP: 7. MISCELLANEOUS
If you still aren’t sure if you want to add shiplap as a permanent structure, try it out as an accent. It looks great (picture to the left) lying against the wall, and also in a frame (picture below). It will add the character and charm you want without adding anything permanent to the wall.
No matter which one of these shiplap ideas you decide to try, you will have a little taste of how shiplap makes your home FEEL!! And I know your guests will notice it too 🙂
HAVE A GREAT DAY!! LOVE & HUGS 🙂
P.S. Which one is your favorite?? Shoot me a comment….I’d love to know!
I have been very excited to do a post on shiplap (for awhile now) since we will be adding it to our fireplace wall in our living room- very soon!! So, like all good pinterest junkies do…..I started filling up my pinterest board with all things shiplap. But after scrolling and saving pictures/ideas, I was beginning to feel a little confused of what shiplap really is. There are like a million posts on shiplap: diy this way, diy that way, and other helpful tips/advice, etc…. but I just wasn’t getting the information I needed. So, what does every crazy obsessed home decor blogger do…..they do a little research. And the more I dug, the more I found…..and let me tell you – there is a ton of information!!! So much information, that I decided to break up the shiplap post into 3 posts. And here we are….. post 1, part 1. ***Update. 41 SHIPLAP Ideas: NOT Just For Walls (Part 2) is completed.***
***Disclaimer- I am not a professional on wood milling – LOL!! This post contains information that I have gathered through personal research so that I can help you understand all of this shiplap mania – thnx ***
THE SHIPLAP GUIDE: SHIPLAP, TONGUE & GROOVE, AND PLANK WALLS (PART 1)
For the purpose of this post, and to keep things simple, we will focus on 3 methods to add “shiplap” to your house. I will not go over applications, supplies needed, cost, etc. (there will be links to help you with that). This is an informative post on wood types used. And I’m assuming all of us want to learn what it is, so we can make an educated decision when adding it to our home- right??!!
So, what did my results show:
The THREE most popular ways to shiplap walls use one of these methods
1) Shiplap method
2) Tongue & Groove method
3) Plank wall method
The methods may vary from: square edge to beveled edge boards, width or length of boards used, or thickness of plywood/MDF variations to solid planks, but the concept is the same. The one thing that changes is how they look on the wall…..just not every single time. And that is why the shiplap and the “shiplap look” has gotten a little confusing.
WHAT IS SHIPLAP……
What is shiplap?
Shiplap is a beautiful marriage where old meets new, smooth meets texture, and clean lines meet graceful movement……and that is why it is popping up in the majority of remodels and new builds everywhere.
First Method: WHAT IS SHIPLAP REALLY???
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary – Shiplap is defined as “wooden sheathing in which the boards are rabbeted so that the edges of each board lap over the edges of adjacent boards to make a flush joint.” OK…now in English. Each board has two rabbeted (CUT) edges —one on top, one on bottom (see picture to left). The top edge of one board will LAP over the bottom edge of the 2nd board to make a flush joint (picture below – right).
These Shiplap boards were originally designed as a type of siding for exterior structures like barns, woods, and sheds. They kept the water out, and were attached at different angles to let water run off the structure it covered. FUN FACT: wooden boards (all types) were used for siding until plywood was invented.
The boards are cut with either 1/2″-3/4″ “edge” (size of edge) …….depending on the width of the board ……(6″, 8″, 10″) to create a tight seal to keep water out and allow the wood to breath – Buffalo-Lumber.com. This website has a lot of information on all types of sidings (if you are interested to learn more).
NOTE: There are several types of cuts made for shiplap boards, but to make things easier for this post I will focus more on the square edge.
In the first picture, the “E” is the LAP. ….you know like ship-LAP? 😉 This is where that cut will be either 1/2″ – 3/4″ long . In the second picture “F” is the beveled (angled) part. Can you see the difference in the look of the edges – straight vs. angled?
SQUARE EDGE SHIPLAP ON WALL
This gives you a better idea of what the square edge shiplap looks like when attached to the wall, and how the boards LAP over each other.
The picture comes from an awesome DIY job by The Harper House!!! I Love how it turned out. If you want to see more of this shiplap update, click on the link below the picture. This is a great post with lots of information!
NICKEL (SHADOW) GAP SHIPLAP
Now, just when you thought you were catching on to shiplap, things begin to get a little trickier. Stay with me here….. There is a popular trend happening within the shiplap method itself. It is called the nickel gap pattern – attaching shiplap without the flush joint. There is a GAP in the LAP!!! LOL!! The “G” on the picture below shows the GAP- (there is a space on this pattern, where the original shiplap pattern has no space.
FUN FACT: The most common space between the board is 3/16″ – 3/8″ long…..the size of….drum roll please….a NICKEL. Buffalo-Lumber.com. You will see that nickel pop up again in the plank wall method 🙂
Below are some pictures of shiplap (square edge) with complete “flush joints”- no gaps, and then with the 3 other noted gaps. The gaps give it a different kind of look- can you see it? There is space between each board on top, and on the bottom.
I just wanted to let you know it exists so you are informed of it, but will not go into it any farther. Just food for thought.
WHAT IS TONGUE AND GROOVE ???
The tongue and groove board has a nitch (tongue) on one side and an opening (groove) on the other side so that they join together tightly. On the picture to the left you can see how the tongue and groove board has openings that look more like a puzzle piece. The tongue side of this board would fit into the groove side of the adjoining board. This is different than the shiplap…..where those boards overLAP each other, and here they “FIT OR JOIN” together.
In the profile pics below, you can see the square edge and beveled (eased edge) tongue and groove patterns and what they look like. This gets technical very quickly on all the measurements, cuts. etc….and definitely over my pay grade. I just wanted you to see that the tongue and groove boards also have the different edges (like the shiplap).
This picture gives you a better idea of comparing the shiplap to the tongue and groove (rainscreen won’t be discussed- it was just a great pic)!
You can see the square edge on both of the board profiles side by side. It also shows the difference in how they are attached to the wall- look at the nail placement. The shiplap is attached with straight nails, and the tongue and groove is attached with angled nails. Just a FYI.
The picture to the LEFT below shows the tongue and groove and how it joins together. This beveled (angled) edge on the board is very small like the micro eased bevel edge on the profile picture above (pic #3).
On the picture to the RIGHT below you can see this beveled edge is more pronounced than the picture to the left. The angle creates a “v” look, which is like profile picture above (pic #1).
In both pictures you can tell how the tongue and groove joint looks more like puzzle pieces fitting together; they have tighter joints which provide stronger joints.
Third Method: WHAT IS A PLANKED WALL???
The plank wall is made with boards that have not been rabbeted, nor have tongue and groove. This type of “shiplap look” seems to be the most popular for the diy’ers – since you have less cuts and easier cuts per board (compared to shiplap or tongue and groove boards).
DIY’ers can also achieve the “shiplap look” for less money using plywood or MDF (medium density fiber board) sheets. They use large sheets that are 1/4″ or 1/2″ thick, and then cut them down to the specific widths (6″, 8″, 10″ boards) they desire. The thinner boards are easier to attach to the wall since they aren’t as heavy, and the skill level needed is less than it would be for the other 2 methods.
PLYWOOD PLANKS VS. TONGUE & GROOVE
Here are pictures so you can the plywood planks and tongue and groove side by side.
This is an awesome post with great advice from someone who has experience using both plank and tongue and groove methods in her home. Click under the picture to read her full story- she has a ton of important info to share.
NICKEL GAP PLANK
Through my digging, I have noticed that the plank wall can be installed flush (board to board), or with a gap (similar to the nickel gap mentioned above with shiplap). DIY’ers are actually putting nickels (or coins) in between the planks to mimic the shiplap look. See pictures below and click on links for more information, tips & advice.
Hope you are feeling like a Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank EXPERT!! Sorry it was sooooo long….I just didn’t want to leave anything out that might be important in helping you make your SHIPLAP DREAMS COME TRUE!!
Buffalo check is a timeless pattern that has been trending for the last couple of years. It adds a fun and fresh look to any room, and is easy to incorporate. You can find it in almost every color, so it remains popular for all decor styles. Favorite color trends still tend to lean towards navy check and black check, but any color will work. If it is too bold of a pattern for you, use a smaller size check instead. 10 Ways to Use Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank).
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10 ways to use Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank)
1- THROW PILLOWS
Throw pillows are a small way to make a big impact, and are light on the pocketbook. They can be a short term or long term commitment, and come in different sizes. You can also change out most pillow covers and tuck them away in a drawer for easy storage.
You can use a fabric runner on a dining/kitchen table, or use it on a console/buffet. It adds just a little bit of color to a plain piece of furniture, and sets a beautiful backdrop for dishes and stemware. Or add buffalo check as a table cover for maximum drama to anchor the entire place setting.
Add a small amount of check fabric to the edge of a plain curtain panel/valance with stitch witchery, if you want to add a custom trim look. Iron it on, and then you can take it off if/when you want to change it. You can also sew your own valance or curtains with buffalo check fabric (from Hobby Lobby) or buy a pair – see below.
Cover an existing chair from home, or buy a chair cushion, accent chair, or even bar stools. You could cover a kitchen/dining chair, bench cushion, or antique accent chair for a DIY project. ***TIP*** If you want to go bold, use at least a pair of cushions or chairs for more emphasis, and go with the larger big check print. For a more subtle look, go with lighter colors and the smaller check print.
Lampshades and light pendants can add a playful dose of buffalo check without overwhelming anything else in the room it is in. It can be used as the only pattern, keeping the rest of the accessories neutral (so it really pops), or use it with other patterns to add interest. Cover an existing lampshade with your own fabric, or buy lampshades- see below.
Add ottomans, storage bench, or poufs to your home for a small pop of color. These seating “gems” are perfect for extra guests, holding throw pillows/blankets and can easily tuck under consoles when not in use. You can even use these as an coffee table or end tables depending on your living room arrangement or pull up to your dining table for a little whimsy. These are definitely a go-to at my house.
Using dinner napkins/placemats is a very easy way to add buffalo check to your table setting. Different colors can be used throughout the year for many holiday events (try red, black, and green). Any color will work, so just play around with the colors you like most.
***TIP*** You can use buffalo check napkins to make cafe curtains. Just use clip rings to hang, and/or hem rod pocket with stitch witchery. They work great in kitchens.
If you are afraid to go “all in” with buffalo check on floors, use a 4′ x 6′ rug (or smaller) in an entry, powder bath, or at back door to add just a punch. More daring- use a 5′ x 8′ rug (or larger) to set the tone of a living room, kitchen, or dining room. Carpet squares and floor tiles are another floor option as well, just more permanent/costly.
Use buffalo check on duvets, comforters, sheets, pillowcases and/or throw pillow to add it to bedrooms. Duvets and comforters make a larger impact, and throw pillows add a smaller impact. Buffalo check is extremely versatile- can go in both adult and kids’ bedrooms. Add white to really make it pop, and add bright colors to make it playful. You can also tone it down with natural colors like tan and beige, or pair with burlap fabric.
Buffalo check wallpaper and tile are definitely not temporary additions to your home, and will be more costly than the other nine options mentioned. But do I really need to explain the WOW factor they provide??!! This navy and black buffalo check Wallpaper by Caitlin Wilson is adorable. You can also do the buffalo check tile pattern in the shower (above pic), also designed by Caitlin Wilson. Both of them make a statement, but yet still keep the style classic and clean.