When I think of tartan, I’m transported back to being a child and sitting squashed between my two older sisters on the back seat of Mum’s white 1985 Ford Telstar. You see, in order to preserve the freshness of the upholstery and keep sticky apple ridden fingers from leaving undesirable prints, Mum came up with the genius idea to drape the entire back seat in a red, black and green woolen tartan print blanket. She poked it down the sides and over the head rests, tactfully displaying the fringed tassels where our little knees folded over the seats edge. Marvelous.
Fast forward 25 years and tartan continues to be a popular design solution. Used sparingly, it can make for a lovely accent to a room. Used boldly, it creates a feature and an instant focal point for the eye - not to mention a talking point for your guests. So, no matter how daring or cautious you are, there is the perfect tartan design solution just waiting for your inner creative to set free.
Here's some ideas to get you started.
A perfect selection for a feature wall, you could go with a traditional wallpaper print or, perhaps a tartan pattern that's a little deconstructed.
Pickawall produce removable wallpaper with a photographic image of your choice so, the possibilities really are endless!
If you're looking to make a statement, then a tartan pattern wool carpet is a beautiful choice.
Choose from colours ranging from cream and neutrals through to vibrant emeralds and navy.
Reliance Carpet Company located in Camberwell stock the famous Brintons tartan wool/nylon blend carpet so be sure to contact Allan if this is the look for you.
If you're after a formal and sophisticated dining room, then tartan curtains will help achieve this look.
They look particularly striking in a a library or games room with rich timber floorboards and chesterfield furniture.
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Using the iconic lineal pattern of tartan, you can interpret tartan in a modern way.
Likewise, artisan tartan tiled patterns can be used as a featured splashback or a border tile.
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Think a block coloured armchair paired with a tartan ottoman or, for a more eclectic look, incorporate a couple of tartan dining chairs mixed with timber or block coloured chairs around the dining table. A tartan pattern sofa or lounge is a great choice for a busy young family as the pattern can be more forgiving than a single solid colour equivalent.
Tartan Accents - Lampshades, Rugs, Cushions
Tartan accents are a great way to introduce the iconic pattern into your interior scheme without going all out. Anything from a beautiful tartan runner rug, to a lovely table lampshade or a gorgeous throw to snuggle up into. You could even introduce tartan as a lovely family dinner table tablecloth.
We hope this has inspired you to try tartan in your scheme and, best of luck with your renovations!