Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Study In CHECKS!


I have been a long time fan of buffalo checks. In studying different images I discovered something about myself.

As much as I love the combination of a cobalt blue and white, or a black and white, I prefer a softer color pallete when it comes to checks.

I find it interesting that a person can love a pattern, but not always in every color, even when they truly love the color.

If you were to guess, I am sure you would have thought I would love a black and white check since in my own home that is a primary color combination.

As much as I love it on my floors I don’t care for it in a buffalo check that is used on furniture. I am attracted to it, but I know I could not live with its boldness in a piece of furniture.

This is a very important lesson to learn. Don’t just assume that if you like a pattern and you like a color you will enjoy it paired together.

It is very important to understand just how much visual stimulation you can handle.

I have copied images of checks in green, black, and cobalt blue, but after really studying them I realized I don’t think I could live with a piece of furniture in any of those colors.

I have seen a few greens that I might enjoy, but I would really have to live with the idea before I would take the  plunge.

You will notice that all of the images I posted today are a neutral color or a soft blue.

I have looked at, analyzed, lived with the idea of this pattern in these two colors long enough to know I could be quite comfortable in a room with either.

How about you all? Is there a pattern that you love in one, color but not in another color, even though you really like both colors?

You just never know! You might see a buffalo check in my home in the future. Of course it will be accompanied with a stripe!

Now I wonder which colors I will like when it comes to stripes? Hmmmmmm?


Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I never thought about this before. Interesting. I never thought I would like checks, as such, but some of the ones you pictured were attractive to me. The soft grays especially. I don't think I could live with lots of checks in a lot of contrast. Very interesting......

Vicky said...

Beautiful photos, like them all!!
Vicky xx

Henhurst Interiors said...

Love checks, I use them frequently and you have my favorite colors here!
All best,

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Kathy Sue, What a lovely post! I adore buffalo check! I have been looking for a light taupe or brown and white check for curtains in my living room and dining room!
You have given me a big boost of inspiration!

Nancy said...

I am not a fan of gingham but I am quickly becoming a fan of the big check! We upholstered a headboard in it recently and LOVE it.
Beautiful pictures KathySue

Stacy Curran said...

It's funny, but I only like chevron in black and white. Isn't that weird? It just feels right to me in those colors. But I agree on these checks it might be hard to live with. I loves the neutrals you showed! Have a great weekend!!

michele said...

make mine a soothing greyed down blue as well, please.

for me, quieting the check's hue lends an elegance.

great to be back, lovely.


vignette design said...

I've never met a check I didn't like! Great examples of a classic pattern that will never go out of style!
Have a great weekend and Go Giants! ~Delores

Susan Herin said...

Hi Kathysue, I'm a huge fan of buffalo checks and I especially love them in the brown/tans and white/cream pretty! Happy Weekend!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love checks, too....but I'm with you....they would have to be a soft khaki....or that gray is so pretty!


Carla Aston said...

I try to never say never. Because I never know where or when it might be perfect.

But for me, I'm a fan of subtlety when it comes to fabric check. And the bigger the better.

Hope you're having a nice weekend, Kathysue!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love checks, but the bigger the better for me too. Wonderful images!

NanaDiana said...

Hi Kathysue- Well, I am back to blogging and I picked the right day to CHECK IN here, I see. Another wonderful post from you-as they always are. Take good care- xo Diana

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

I could just stare and stare at all of these pics. I must say, you are an ah-mazing Pinner b/c you manage to find the most incredible pics. I am sooooo in love with that second to last pic of the bedroom. I so want a whole new change to my Master. That one is dreamy to me.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Love all these photos, Kathysue...especially the chairs! Hugs...Debbie

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I never thought of it that way, thanks for commenting on Pinterest so I could read this:) I do have the black and white on my bench in the diningroom and it doesn't bother me so I guess I like it. Thanks again!