Design Nuggets: Buffalo Check Mini-Trend

For quite a while now I’ve been noticing a resurgence of the use of buffalo check in fabrics and upholstery. Sort of a mini-trend, if you will. Like toile, buffalo check, or ginghams in general, are stapes of design. From high-end to country, they kind of work anywhere. The undisputed master (mistress?) of the buffalo check is undoubtedly Mary Douglas Drysdale. Mary is one of those designers who do traditional that never seems to become dated. Her iconic interiors in featuring bright yellow buffalo check prints are certainly a case in point.

Mary Douglas Drysdale House Beautiful Yellow buffalo check

This Veranda cover below is 22 years old!

Mary Douglas Drysdale Yellow buffalo check Veranda cover

Mary Dougals Drysdale Yellow Buffalo Check Traditional Home

These spaces are elegant, high-end and yet approachable because of the use of such a friendly fabric. By the way, we interviewed Mary on our Skirted Roundtable podcast a few years ago which is certainly worth a listen.

Mary-Douglas-Drysdale-yellow buffalo check

 

So, as I peruse Instagram and Pinterest on a daily basis I began to notice that I am seeing more and more buffalo check patterns showing up. In pillows, upholstery, window treatments. And while window treatments tend to be less ornate than they were 20 years ago (that trend is also showing signs of a comeback, btw) the use of the humble buffalo check stands the test of time.

Here are some photos of fairly recent projects that I’ve run across.

Lindye Galloway designer Chad Mellon Photographer Domino Buffalo check navy blue mod bedroom
Lindye Galloway designer via Domino

The above bedroom has a strong mid-century and masculine vibe. One wouldn’t think a buffalo check would work, but it’s strong graphic nature, rendered in blue and white, both enlivens and softens the space.

Bless This Nest Carissa blog buffalo check wallpaper
via Bless This Nest

Buffalo check wallpaper (above) and paint treatments (below) are always very popular.

Buffalo check blue how to paint buffalo check better homes and garden bathroom
via Better Homes and Gardens

 

Love and Specs living room buffalo check black and gray
via Love and Specs

As a single graphic element, the buffalo check above plays well with the more feminine wallpaper.

Design by Lauren DeLoach. Photo courtesy Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle buffalo check pale blue
Design by Lauren DeLoach. Photo courtesy Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

One of my favorite uses of buffalo check was by designer Lauren DeLoach for the Southeastern Designer Show House, which I featured here.

Lauren Elaine Interiors Buffalo check pink nursery vintage nostalgia
Lauren Elaine Interiors

Of course, pink buffalo check is always a win for a nursery (above).

Miles Redd for Ballard Designs Pink Buffalo check living room 2
Miles Redd for Ballard Designs

And yet, Miles Redd makes it work without being overly twee (below) in his room settings and products for Ballard Designs. (ps – Miles is also an alumnus of The Skirted Roundtable and he’s a wonderful interview!).

Miles Redd for Ballard Designs Pink buffalo check living room
Miles Redd for Ballard Designs

Note above how well the upholstery on the sofa lines up with the wallpaper.

So, have you noticed this mini-trend of maxi checks? Do you think it’s just for country settings, or can you see it working in city dwellings as well?

Here’s a little boutique of buffalo check items I’ve gathered for you. Enjoy! (Disclaimer: this boutique contains affiliate links. A small commission is paid on any purchase, at no additional cost to the buyer. This goes to help support this blog. Thank you!).

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5 thoughts on “Design Nuggets: Buffalo Check Mini-Trend

  1. Hi Linda, the dining room by DeLoach has inspired me to paint my what was once son’s room to a pretty blue guest room (it’s paneled 3/4 of the way up the wall with a few feet of space above, perfect for wallpaper – I’m out to find some buffalo check!)

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