How to Get Inspired with Buffalo Plaid and Decorate your Home Creatively

No matter the season buffalo plaid is always in style. It’s a perennial classic.

fall table is set with black and white buffalo plaid and natural warm fall colors

No wonder we are drawn to it season after season, year after year.

With its bold black and white palette, it’s at once a neutral as well as a fun statement look. It’s hard to miss.

black and white buffalo check pillow pops against orange and white shiplap walls and orange farmhouse sign

Welcome to The Design Twins! We’re so glad you made it here…whether it’s your first time or you’ve been with us for years.

We’re Jodie and Julie. Yes, we’re twins. We love to decorate.

We’re a little giddy about it in fact. Let’s talk about one of our favorite styles today: buffalo check.

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Whether you choose to call it

  • black and white check,

  • buffalo plaid,

  • buffalo check,

  • black and white plaid, we love it all the same.

buffalo plaid pillows tie in decor on farmhouse bench with table decor

Buffalo plaid can look at home dressed up or down. It has its origins in the country.

But black and white is such a classy look that it is right at home on Madison Avenue as well. So don’t be afraid to dress it up.

Believe it or not, the cute buffalo plaid pillows above I got on Amazon, and I love them. 

Get Creative: You Get to Decide

Whether your style is subtle, classic, creative, or even whimsical, you can have fun with buffalo plaid as a backdrop or “sounding board” to your decorating style. You can keep it simple or take it to new heights of creativity.

It’s all up to you.

Think of the brands that use signature black and white check like MacKenzie-Childs, for example.

This brand takes traditional influences and creates whimsical, artistic, sophisticated designs.

As they illustrate with their designs, there’s no end to what we can create.

Black and white buffalo plaid chair cushions add decor detail to fall table

Decorate Outside the Box with Buffalo Plaid

I love to think outside the box and use a pattern I love like buffalo plaid in new ways. In my dining room I decided to add black and white check to my table by using a roll of wrapping paper.

I love using wrapping paper for many reasons:

  1. inexpensive
  2. recyclable
  3. covers more of the table for a dramatic look
  4. when spills happen just throw it away
  5. endless options

or black and white

White pumpkins and orange leaves contrast against black and white buffalo plaid table runner

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Use Buffalo Plaid to Create Cohesion Throughout the Home

It’s easier than you think to create cohesion throughout your home.

neutral farmhouse decor pops with black and white buffalo plaid tablecloth

You don’t need everything to match. You don’t have to have every room painted the same or matching curtains throughout. If you take one color or one element and carry it through the rooms, it can go a long way to create a cohesive feel.

  • For example, a powerful element like buffalo plaid carried through a home can do a great job to create unity.
  • You don’t have to go crazy. A piece here. A piece there is enough to carry the theme through.

Neutral farmhouse decor pops with black and white buffalo plaid pillow

Simple Ways to Tie Rooms Together

  • A pillow on a bench
  • A buffalo plaid rug at the entry way
  • 1-2 elements per space to tie spaces together
  • You don’t want to overdo a theme.

buffalo plaid cafe table pops with sunflowers and farmhouse market signBuffalo Check Makes a Statement

Use a buffalo check tablecloth to make a big statement.

Look how great this table looks covered in classic black and white check.


or square

black and white buffalo plaid table runner with fall botanicals create festive tablescape

fall place setting on buffalo place table runner with natural and fall colors

Black and white is the perfect backdrop for so many color schemes.

It works great in all seasons.

Plaid is Perfect with Fall Decor

For example, buffalo check is great at play here with pumpkins and autumn leaves.

Plaid loves the contrast of bright colors that the seasons bring.

Fall dining room decor with buffalo plaid theme and pops of warm fall colors

This table was so inexpensive to create. I bought many of the items from Amazon, including the high-quality buffalo plaid cloth napkins. They wash and wear easily, so you can use them without any fuss or worry.

Here are the same ones I purchased.

Buffalo Check Works in All Seasons

Whether you choose spooky accents or colorful fall, buffalo plaid goes well with it all. It is an ideal choice to coordinate with your year-round seasonal decor.

Buffalo Check Christmas

Think about how gorgeous buffalo plaid is at Christmas.

There’s nothing we love more than a Christmas tree decked out in buffalo plaid ribbon. 

In fact, green and red buffalo check ribbon are fabulous at Christmas time

black candlesticks with faux botanicals decorating fall table

Buffalo Plaid Makes a Statement All on Its Own

Buffalo plaid is statement enough to stand on its own. It is a bold, fun statement to be your one and done theme if that’s how you like it. If you want to add more, go ahead. If you don’t, keep it clean and simple. 

Look again.

Imagine this table without the color. I think it would also be beautiful with just black and white details.

You can tell I am a true fan of buffalo plaid. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Buffalo plaid fall table decor with pumpkins and fall colors

Enjoy Buffalo Plaid All Year Long

Have fun using buffalo plaid in your home all year long. Use it with a light hand or go big and bold. Make it your signature statement or add little doses here and there. There is no right or wrong way to use this classic pattern. 

As we love to say, it’s your home. You make the rules. If you love it, then it’s right. 

jodie & julie
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  1. Carol Rodda says:

    Love! Love! Love!!! I just discovered your blog on Instagram! I’m totally hooked! You two are a class act!❤

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Carol! What a treat to have you join us on our blog. Such a kind message to receive. We sure hope you continue to love what we post. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  2. Vicki says:

    Loved it all!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you, Vicki! We love to hear that you enjoyed our post. We hope you continue to read and enjoy our blog. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  3. Kathy says:

    Just found you about a week ago, love your ideas..wondering how you would cover a chair cushion and you don’t really sew? Thanks for any thoughts on this..have an amazing weekend..

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Kathy, First of all we’re super glad you found our blog. We hope you’re enjoying so far! Are you saying you don’t sew? Because it just so happens that we don’t sew either. So you’ve got the blind leading the blind so to speak. Honestly, I don’t think I would attempt it. Although when you say “cover a chair cushion” it could mean so many different things. I have actually recovered chair cushions with fabric and a staple gun and it’s a piece of cake. But other than that I don’t know. Best, Julie & Jodie

  4. Brenda says:

    Love this post!

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  7. Claudia Young says:

    Hi! I’m sitting here reading this in my black buffalo check lounging pants in my home that has buffalo plaid curtains in the living room, pink Buffalo plaid curtains in the playroom, and red buffalo plaid curtains in the guest bedroom. I have black Buffalo valances in the kitchen with buffalo plaid pillows on the banquet and Buffalo check cushions on the chairs. Can you tell I love buffalo plaid? I love it with pink in the spring, white and fresh green in summer, orange and yellow in fall, and red in winter. I’ll never get tired of it!

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