Designers Object Of The Week: Gingham I Décor Aid


Designers Object Of The Week: Gingham


Manhattan Home Bedroom Design

When we transformed this Manhattan co-op, we wanted the bedroom to feel classic, yet casual — two words that are pretty much the definition of gingham. So when our designers, who are fantastically talented at uncovering diamonds in the rough, unearthed these gingham pillowcases at Ikea, they knew it was the perfect addition to this soothing gray bedroom.

A Little Gingham History: Although the gingham we know and love is a decidedly checked pattern, it actually got its start as a striped pattern in the 17th century. In fact, the name originates from the Malay adjective genggang which means striped. But it was when the fabric was woven into that trademark check in the 18th that gingham’s popularity surged. Since that moment, it’s nearly always been a staple in the closet and in the home. You can recognize gingham by its made up of horizontal and vertical stripes of the same color on a white background with even checks.

The pattern has a long list of celebrity endorsers. Katherine Hepburn wore a gingham dress in The Philadelphia Story, Judy Garland’s Dorothy wore a blue gingham dress throughout the Wizard of Oz and Marilyn Monroe wore gingham capri pants on the set of Niagara. Of course gingham isn’t just for the ladies, Sean Connery as James Bond, wears a blue and white gingham check shirt with his swimming trunks in From Russia with Love, and again in Thunderball.

Gingham is so ubiquitous that it has spawned entire Instagram accounts: “ThatJcrewGinghamShirt” documents men (and a few women) sporting the same J.Crew gingham button-down. Our designers like to say that if you like it in your closet, there’s a good chance you’ll like it in your home. Here are a few of our favorite ways to bring a little gingham into your life.

Gingham Bedding

grey gingham pattern bedding

If you want to start slowly incorporating some gingham into your home, take a page from our designers and snap up these Ikea pillowcases and duvet cover.

Round Gingham Tray

black and white gingham patterned plate

Add a stylish touch to a picnic lunch or cheese plate with this round gingham serving tray made by Japan-based Fog Linen.

Gingham Coasters

fabric gingham coasters

Also by Fog Linen, these gingham coasters in black or navy check add a little pattern to the table.

Gingham Throw Pillow

gingham throw pillow

Add pattern to your bed or sofa with this gingham throw pillow.

Gingham Pie Server

gingham kitchenware french tart servers

Made in Paris these French tart servers are guaranteed to make your desserts taste that much sweeter.

Gingham Side Chair

gingham print upholstered side chair

If you’re ready to make a bolder pattern statement, this sweet Sarah Accent Chair, Dark Gray Gingham is a great way to do that.

Gingham Chaise

gingham upholstered chaise

Create a cozy reading nook at the foot of a bed or in a living room corner with this Gingham Dixon Bench.

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