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10 Examples of Using Gingham in Home Design

Updated on February 11, 2011

What are your favorite textiles to use in the home? One of the home textiles that I love is gingham. It's tough to get gingham right in home decorating. If you over-do it, your house ends up looking like a country bumpkin exploded all over it. However, used sparingly and with great attention to detail, I think gingham can be a terrific addition to nearly any home. Don't believe me? Take a look at the following ten examples of gingham in the home and then tell me that you don't think there's any way to work gingham into a modern house design.


1. Gingham Pillows

This terrific pillow is a wonderful example of how gingham pillows can work in a really modern home. This example comes from an Etsy store but there are many similar examples all over the web. The idea is to take a gingham background and then add a cool design on top of the gingham. The result is a retro-inspired but thoroughly modern pillow. It can be set alone on a modern chair or it can be grouped with other similar pillows on a sofa or a bed.


2. Gingham Rugs

It is easy for a gingham rug to go awry. It can be too bold for the room. It can be too vintage of a look for the home. But as you can see from the image here, it is also possible for a gingham rug to be beautiful. There are two things that I think make these gingham rugs work. First, the material is designed to be luxurious and rich-looking. This detracts from any "cheapness" that gingham might allude to. And second, there are several hues from the same color family worked into the gingham design. This is more modern than the traditional two-color checked gingham pattern of the past. The result is stunning.


3. Gingham Bedding

Red and white checked gingham is the most traditional old-fashioned gingham design there is. However, it can easily be updated as we see in this example of red and white bedding. This gingham has patterned stripes in a quilted design. The effect is striking, don't you agree?


4. Gingham Window Treatments

Now here is an example of modern gingham for the home that is specifically designed to look retro. The great yellow color, the lovely tie backs and the general adorableness of these window treatments screams 1950s. Many homes are taking back the domestic arts, starting with the décor of the kitchen. I can absolutely see these gingham curtains working in exactly this type of kitchen. Hang up some artwork by Anne Taintor and put a great set of martini glasses on display and you're all set with a perfect retro kitchen for the modern housewife (or cheeky single gal).


5. Gingham Tablecloth

A gingham tablecloth might be a little bit much for your dining room even if you do like that retro 1950s style design. However, it works perfectly for an outdoor table on a sunny summery day. It gives your yard the feeling that you're having a terrific picnic. It is nice for your own family to enjoy and is even better when inviting friends and family over for an outdoor barbecue. I like the red and white checked gingham design in this case but a black and white or blue and white design would look nice as well.

6. Gingham Apron

Of course an apron isn't strictly a home furnishings item but it goes really well with the retro kitchen and barbecue theme of the window treatments and tablecloth described above. The retro housewife might wear this gingham apron around the house. Alternatively, this is a fashion item that can be hung on display as gingham artwork for the home.


7. Framed Gingham Artwork

Speaking of gingham as artwork, purposefully using gingham as framed artwork in your home is a terrific way to add this textile to your home. There are many DIY options for framing gingham. You can take a single piece of gingham, surround it with a mat and a great frame and there's your work of art. Alternatively, you could make a repeating pattern or a collage of gingham fabric and frame the entire thing. Or you could frame smaller individual swatches of gingham and create an art collection of all of them together. Another option is to use the gingham as the background of an inspiration board as seen here.


8. Gingham Kitchen Chair

A great gingham chair can be a terrific addition to a modern home when used correctly with other décor. It works best in a home that is inspired by country-style design. In my opinion it's overkill to have an entire set of these chairs together in one room. Instead, I would combine it with three chairs in a similar color scheme for an eclectic furniture set.


9. Gingham Chair Cushion

If you're afraid to commit to an entire dining set of gingham chairs or if you do want a matching set of chairs but think full-on gingham is a bit much then consider getting a set of gingham cushions for your dining table set. They can be tied on to the chairs and removed if you feel like they aren't quite right for the design of your home after all. I especially like this example because it incorporates gingham into the design along with another pattern so the effect feels more modern as well as more stylish.


10. Gingham Living Room Chair

It's tough to find a great gingham chair for your living room but it can definitely be done. I love this red and black example. It has all of the coziness of a pair of flannel pajamas. I want to cuddle up in it in front of a fireplace. However, it has lots of other great décor around it that makes it not just a country décor item. After all, how many country homes have zebra print rugs in them? I think this is a terrific design!


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  • randomcreative profile image

    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Great idea for a hub! I love the mix of items.

  • Sinea Pies profile image

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Those little gingham shoes from Amazon are adorable.

    I've always liked gingham. Especially for little girls or kitchens.

  • RTalloni profile image


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Really nice! :)

  • Peter Owen profile image

    Peter Owen 

    8 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

    Nice. Gingham is not familiar to me but I like learning about new things.

  • zzron profile image


    8 years ago from Houston, TX.

    Very informative and very creative. Thank you so much.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    8 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Interesting. Gingham is not a personal favorite of mine, but I can certainly see its retro appeal in such décor settings.

    I had to giggle at the image for #9--chair cushion notwithstanding, it was the table runner that caught my eye. With 4 cats, 3 of whom are mischievous, my dining table goes naked. I have a tasseled runner I put out at the holidays, and I have to tuck the tassels underneath!

    The cats would have a field day with those, and end up yanking runner, candlesticks and all onto the floor. Probably in the middle of the night and scare the moonlight out of us!

    Very well done hub!

  • Eiddwen profile image


    8 years ago from Wales

    Hi Kathryn,

    There is something so quaint, countrywise and olde worlde about gimgham and I love the atmosphere that it creates.

    Thanks for another great and well presented hub.

    Take care,



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