Buffalo checks are also known as buffalo plaid and has its origin with the Scottish tartan clans. According to history, a descendant of the MacGregor clan would trade red and black checked blankets for buffalo pelts from the Indians. Woolrich made the first red and black buffalo plaid shirt in the 1850s and today, we see buffalo checks in a rainbow of colors in fabrics used throughout the home.
Navy and white buffalo checks are found in both the curtains and rug in this farmhouse dining room. The smaller check on the settee is gingham, another popular fabric choice in America.
If you prefer a more subdued look, add buffalo checks in a soft neutral tone. This creates such a classic and pretty look.
While you typically see buffalo checks on curtains, you can use the pattern anywhere, such as dining room chairs to add a little fun and pattern. This is a great option for those of you who feel the checks on full length curtains might be a little overpowering.
Are you a fan of the bold and beautiful? Then this room is probably right up your alley! Yellow buffalo-checked curtains pair beautifully with striped wallpaper, patterned furniture and rugs. The yellow is a soft hue so everything blends beautifully.
Classic red and black buffalo checks sit beautifully on a cozy bench in a log home foyer. You almost feel like Paul Bunyan could walk in the door any minute. And I love that loon pillow! Buffalo checks have a way of putting a smile on your face. Not too serious, they look great with a variety of patterns.
This whimsical bedroom proves that mixing patterns can be fun. An over-sized pale buffalo check decorates the wall, while blue and cream checks frame the window. The windowpane quilt on the bed echoes the graphic pattern of buffalo plaid.
Any time you want to add a bit of cheer to your room, reach for buffalo checks. Blue and yellow are classic Swedish colors, giving this room a Scandinavian vibe.
Would you ever cover the walls of a small room with large buffalo checks? A fun, graphic pattern on the window shade balances the intensity of the checked wallpaper. A simple polka dot hand towel adds a shot of color to the space.
Over-sized or small, buffalo checks add fun pattern and cheer to any room in the house. Go soft with a neutral color or go bold with strong colors and larger patterns. Which is your preference?