~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.
So how do you tell your houndstooth from your herringbone?
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.
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.
How to incorporate your favorite menswear fabrics into your house? Well, you can start small with an accessory like this magazine basket.
Or you can upholster all or part of a chair or bench in menswear. Note the mix of plaids on the right.
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.
Notice how the delicate desk and fresh flowers add a touch of femininity.
Neutral menswear patterns against an intensely hued red wall keeps this bedroom from going bland.
Houndstooth, multiple plaids and stripes. Keeping everything in shades of blue and red keeps it cohesive.
Of course, it is possible to go too far. Some things only pop stars can get away with.
About the Author
Owner 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.