Mix them or match them, these crisscrossing stripes are always in style. Shop our top picks for plaid Christmas decor to fill your home with cozy, festive patterns.
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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.

plaid christmas place setting with pine garland
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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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Clark Plaid Cotton Napkins, Set of 4

$40, Pottery Barn

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.

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Mud Pie Tartan Fringe Throw

$45, Amazon

A throw blanket is such an easy way to add cozy holiday comfort to your home. This soft white plaid throw is perfect for curling up with while you watch Hallmark movies and sip on hot cocoa this winter. It measures 50x60 inches and features fringed edges for added texture.

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Lakeside Plush Plaid Christmas Tree Ornaments, Set of 4

$8 (was $12), Target

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. Featuring four different fabric patterns, these plaid ornaments add a cozy touch to your tree. The plush, lightweight tree shapes are easy to hang—even for kids!

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Holiday Plaid Pet Collar

$8, Target

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 three sizes to suit all breeds of dogs.

Park Designs Greenhow Tartan Stocking

$17, Amazon

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.

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Woven Origin Plaid Pillow Cover

$25 (was $43), West Elm

Especially around the holidays,  there's 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 plaid pillow covers, which measure 20 inches square, are woven from cotton and silk and come in red, white, and charcoal. Pillow inserts are sold separately.

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Tartan Plaid Christmas Wreath

$59 (was $97), Bed Bath and Beyond

This merry plaid wreath makes a cheery addition to your holiday decor. White-tipped pine cones, red berries, and tartan-fabric poinsettia flowers add rich color and texture, while pre-strung LED lights provide a warm white glow. It spans 24 inches in diameter and can be used in indoor or covered outdoor spaces.

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Suzanne Kasler McNeal Plaid Coir Mat

$26 (was $29), Ballard Designs

Greet guests in style with this plaid doormat. Woven from coir on PVC backing, it offers a sturdy spot to scrape off shoes and boots before stepping inside. The plaid design is hand-stenciled in shades of gray and orange using fade-resistant dyes.

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Millwood Pines Sylvan 6-Piece Dinner Plate Set

$44 (was $65), Wayfair

Set a festive table with dishware that showcases a variety of plaid patterns. This set of dinner plates features six different designs rendered in classic shades of red, green, and blue. The ceramic plates are safe for both the dishwasher and microwave. 

By Jessica Bennett and Lacey Howard


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