Is it Houndstooth or Herringbone?

~By Susan Rayner, Design Editor~

I love menswear fabrics, especially when used in unexpected ways.  Right now these patterns are all over women’s fashion.  And where fashion goes, interior design is sure to follow.

Classic houndstooth suit coat

Classic houndstooth suit coat
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Not-so-classic large scale brightly colored houndstooth

Not-so-classic large scale brightly colored houndstooth
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Metallic houndstooth mini

Metallic houndstooth mini
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So how do you tell your houndstooth from your herringbone?

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Houndstooth is a two-toned textile consisting of jagged checks.  It’s thought to have originated in Scotland in the 1800’s. Supposedly the jagged edge resembles a dog’s tooth but I’m thinking that’s only if you squint after a cocktail or two.

 

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Herringbone is a zigzag pattern (also called chevron) named for its similarity to a fish skeleton.  (Who comes up with this stuff?)  The pattern has been used in Roman roads and ancient Egyptian textiles so it’s been around for a long time.  Also typically two-tone, it’s another staple of men’s suiting.

Gable - Still the epitome of masculine suave, wearing herringbone. Sigh!

Gable – Still the epitome of masculine suave, wearing herringbone. Sigh!

 

How to incorporate your favorite menswear fabrics into your house?  Well, you can start small with an accessory like this magazine basket.

Image courtesy of etsy.com

Image courtesy of etsy.com

 

Or you can upholster all or part of a chair or bench in menswear.  Note the mix of plaids on the right.

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Image courtesy of hollandsherrybespoke.com

 

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Image courtesy of hollandsherry.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of parisapartment.wordpress.com

 

Or you can really go for it as in this London hotel with its mix of plaids on the chairs and walls and a pinstripe upholstered sofa.

Image courtesy of Dorset Square Hotel

Image courtesy of Dorset Square Hotel

 

Notice how the delicate desk and fresh flowers add a touch of femininity.

Image courtesy of Dorset Square Hotel

Image courtesy of Dorset Square Hotel

 

Neutral menswear patterns against an intensely hued red wall keeps this bedroom from going bland.

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Houndstooth, multiple plaids and stripes.  Keeping everything in shades of blue and red keeps it cohesive.

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Image courtesy of hgtv.com

 

Of course, it is possible to go too far.  Some things only pop stars can get away with.

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About the Author

 

Susan RaynerOwner of Susan Rayner Interiors, Susan’s aesthetic is clean and classic, whether the style is modern, traditional or somewhere in between. She is passionate about creating positive change for her clients while allowing them to control their costs. Susan has a friendly, collaborative approach that allows her clients to enjoy the design process. This ensures they will love the end result – a house they enjoy coming home to!

Visit Susan at SusanRayner.com.

 

p.s. Susan gave us the inside scoop on residential interior design trends on our Power Up Living radio show. Check out the episode here.

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