How to Decorate with Tartan and Surprise Everyone

Tartan decor is a classic. We suggest you consider decorating with it, as it’s more fashionable than ever. In this article, discover how to decorate with tartan!
How to Decorate with Tartan and Surprise Everyone

Last update: 06 December, 2020

One of the most timeless and classic decorative styles is back this fall. It provides warmth and color and endless possibilities. Therefore, it allows you to put your interior designer skills to the test. In this article, we tell you how to decorate with tartan.

You’ll love the result and you’ll see that you can apply it in many more ways than you thought. Get ready to let your imagination fly with tartan!

The origins of tartan

A tartan skirt.
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Tartan is such a versatile print that, when it covers a sofa, it makes it pop. It originated in the Middle Ages. Although people believe that it’s from Scotland, it’s originally from Austria.

However, it was the Scots who used it as a symbol of their national identity in the 17th and 18th centuries. This cloth is made from crisscrossed, horizontal, and vertical bands. Scottish noble families wore it in the form of skirts or kilts, the iconic symbol of the Highlands.

After World War II, tartan became one of the fashion world’s favorite fabrics. In fact, actresses like Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe made it incredibly popular.

How to decorate with tartan – its different colors

Although you may not know this fact, at first, tartan was only available in black and white. Years later, with the introduction of vegetable dyes used in fabrics, green, purple, and gray appeared, as well as various shades of blue, orange, and yellow.

  • Classic tartan. Green and blue squares and red lines.
  • Formal tartan. Green and blue on a black background with a very fine white line.
  • Royal tartan. Red, green, and blue on a white background or white and red on a gray background.

Decorate with tartan and dazzle everyone


Tartan is perfect for creating warm atmospheres and can make any room look a lot more welcoming. Its colors and shapes gravitate more towards the rustic style, to winter and mountains, but they also go well with Nordic decoration. Pay attention when it comes to choosing different colors and textures, depending on the room.

The details

If you want to add touches of tartan, without overdoing it, you can start by placing some cushions in your living room. Scotland Shop sells so many patterns that it’ll be difficult for you to decide.

Many people love checkered tablecloths, and this isn’t surprising since they make a table inviting. Also, you can find dishes and cups with the pattern. This one from Redbubble will make your coffee time very stylish.

Decorate with tartan in a big way

A tartan cushion.

If you’re crazy about tartan, choose a design for the curtains or for that reading armchair you love so much. To make tartan look good, add furniture in light tones to create a brighter and more pleasant environment in contrast to the textile.

If you want to completely draw attention and take risks, go for a tartan rug to make your floor the absolute star. Black and white is always a more neutral option that’s a lot easier to mix and match.

Another trend for this fall is checkered wallpaper. Once you choose a design, all you’ll have to do is add accessories in the same color range and furniture with simple lines so you don’t overwhelm the room.

It’s a good idea to decorate with tartan. The good news is that you’ll be able to find all kinds of furniture and accessories to make your home feel cozier and warmer.

Mix and match it with the colors that go with your chosen design and with light furniture with simple lines. Cushions, bedding, kitchenware, bathroom accessories… everything is possible.

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