Once fall rolls around and turns into winter, I find myself gravitating aesthetically towards buffalo check anything (check out that wallpaper above!). More than ever, you can find buffalo check on practically everything from fashion (like these adorable J.Crew vests) to tree skirts and stockings. Simply put, buffalo check brings in some holiday cheer and a healthy punch of graphic pattern along with a classic American design sensibility.
Buffalo check is cousins with the more spring-y gingham. (Often gingham appears in a smaller scale while buffalo check is big and bold.) Most often buffalo check will be found in red/black and navy/white, although it can come in many colorways in a more contemporary riff. If you’re a history buff, I really enjoyed reading this little spotlight on buffalo check at Tidbits & Twine. Apparently buffalo check dates back to the 17th century and was made popular by Queen Charlotte and was even used in decor at Colonial Williamsburg! Woolrich, who designed the blankets in my lake house guest bedroom above, has a buffalo check shirt in its archives from the mid 1800s.
Buffalo check can feel modern and fresh despite its traditional roots. I love it paired with the white shiplap walls and simple farmhouse table.
But it’s also fun when created in an unexpected colorway (pink!).
Play around with scale if you love patterns. You can easily mix and match buffalo check in the same colorway for a new result. I love the emerald green with this – it feels old school and campy for a boy’s bedroom.
Another fun play on patterns with the bold stripe red chair.
Red buffalo check curtains bring some Christmas cheer to this pretty country kitchen along with the twin wreaths in the windows.
Ticking stripe is also a favorite with buffalo check in a more casual country setting.
But if your aesthetic leans more polished and contemporary, look for textiles that have been slightly reinterpreted, like this watercolor-inspired buffalo check fabric. The legs on the ottomans are more streamlined to continue the sleeker and sophisticated look of the room.
Finally, for the ultimate in casual luxury, this marble buffalo check floor on the diagonal provides a major graphic accent to an otherwise simple space. Wouldn’t this be amazing in a lake house? It’s like a checkerboard floor totally reimagined. I can’t get enough of this one!
Hip hip hooray for buffalo check!