Mix them or match them, these crisscrossing stripes are always in style.

By Rachel Wermager Jessica Bennett and Lacey Howard
November 18, 2020
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Plaid is a classic holiday pattern that never goes out of style. Although it's been around for centuries, the pattern's crisscrossing stripes are still a favorite in our homes today, especially around Christmastime. Plaids come in many designs, including gingham, houndstooth, and buffalo check, but perhaps the most popular pattern is traditional tartan, which layers intersecting horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors.

Tartan itself comes in many forms and palettes, though the red and green variation feels most festive and cozy for the holidays. "The great thing about plaids is that you can combine them with any solid color to form a cohesive palette," says Lucy Akins, the blogger behind Craftberry Bush, who decks her home in plaids of every stripe each winter. "I choose similar colors but different sizes for a more interesting look." Use fabrics in this merry pattern to dress up your fireplace, dining room table, bedroom, living room, and more this season. Let the nostalgic pattern take center stage with decorations like ornaments, pillows, and garlands covered in brightly colored stripes.

We've rounded up some of our favorite (and simple) ways to incorporate plaid prints into your classic Christmas decorations this year. There's something here for almost every room in your house and even a little treat for your pets.

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Your holiday tablescape wouldn't be complete without cheery holiday napkins. This classic red and green tartan pattern adds a fun, festive touch to place settings. When dinner is over, simply toss the machine-washable napkins into the laundry.

Buy It: Bee & Willow Festive Plaid Napkins, Set of 4 ($15, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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A throw blanket is such an easy way to add cozy holiday comfort to your home. This soft white plaid throw with fringe is perfect for curling up with while you watch Hallmark movies and sip on hot cocoa this winter. It's made of 100% cotton and measures 50x60 inches.

Buy It: Mud Pie Tartan Fringe Throw, White ($51, Amazon)

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While there are plenty of new and unique ways to decorate your Christmas tree (we personally love the floral and unicorn tree trends), a traditional look is always an excellent choice. These plaid ornaments put a playful spin on the classic red and green Christmas color scheme. Miniature knitted scarves add a cozy winter look.

Buy It: Plaid Plush Reindeer Christmas Tree Ornament, Pack of 4 ($12, Target)

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We're firm believers that plaid looks good on everyone, and your pooch is no exception. Make sure your pet is dressed appropriately for the annual holiday family photo with a collar to match your plaid PJs. This tartan collar comes in four sizes to suit all breeds of dogs.

Buy It: The Foggy Dog Tartan Plaid Dog Collar ($34, Etsy)

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Hang these plaid stockings from your mantel for an extra pop of pattern. The fabric combines various shades of bright red and green to complement your classic Christmas color scheme. Each stocking measures just over 19 inches long, so they're ready to stuff with all your Christmas goodies.

Buy It: Park Designs Greenhow Tartan Stocking ($23, Amazon)

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There is no such thing as too many throw pillows. Snag a couple of these for your bedroom, living room sofa, or entryway seating for an easy festive touch. The woven plaid pillow, which measures 18 inches square, is made of 100% cotton and comes in red and white.

Buy It: Holiday Woven Plaid Square Throw Pillow ($20, Target)

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This merry plaid garland makes a cheery addition to your holiday decor. The cotton fabric-covered letters dangle from a twine garland. It spans 58 inches in length.

Buy It: Suzanne Kasler Red Plaid Merry Garland ($42, Ballard Designs)


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