Home Decor

Why We're Adding This Trendy Pattern to Every Room

It’s both modern and cozy (yes, that's a thing).

November 18, 2019
Photo by Ty Mecham

Lately I’ve been noting one pattern all over the place: the simple, clean-lined grid. Everywhere I turn, it seems like windowpane-like squares with impossibly thin lines are inching onto table linens and napkins, throw pillows and comforters, even glassware, in black and white and other duo-tone palettes, too. Sometimes the patterning is as neat and tidy as old-school graph paper; other times, it looks like it’s been hand-drawn. Always, it’s subtle enough to fit in all sorts of rooms (even amidst other patterns—it looks great alongside florals), but graphic enough to add geometric appeal.

Consider the grid a stripped-down version of the previously trendy buffalo check. It’s more sophisticated than gingham, more modern than houndstooth, and more minimalist than plaid—but every bit as cozy as all of them.

Whether you’re ready to cover a whole wall in grids or want to test the waters with a tea towel or two, here are ten ways to work the trend into every room in your home:

Off the Grid Wallpaper, $78 (Anthropologie)

Go all-out with this neatly-gridded wallpaper that looks like you’ve drawn on the walls (but in a good way).

Photo by Anthropologie

Checked Duvet Cover Set, $49.99 (H&M Home)

Hunker down with a duvet cover in a subtle two-toned checked pattern. This one comes in two colorways: yellow/white and grey/peach.

Photo by H&M Home

Checked Cotton Tablecloth, $35.90 (Zara Home)

This cotton tablecloth is covered all over in tiny checks, perfect for a minimalist holiday table. We also love the Watercolor Flower Cotton Tablecloth, with tiny flowers interspersed into the grid.

Photo by Zara Home

Nude Glass Grid Glasses, $50 (Food52)

There’s something vintage-like about these crystalline glasses with white grid detailing. A set of four adds a bit of dimension to the holiday bar.

Photo by Rocky Luten

Modern Grid Creme Rug, $139 (Ruggable)

This rug’s slightly wonky grid pattern would add off-hand charm to the living room. Even better? It’s machine washable.

Photo by Ruggable

New Wave For Deny Modern Grid Window Panel, $89 (Urban Outfitters)

Frame windows with these graphic black-and-white curtains with pleasingly neat lines.

Photo by Urban Outfitters

Minna Lightweight Alpaca Throw, $245 (Food52)

This 100% alpaca throw is so soft you’ll want to wear it all day. And yes, you guessed right, it comes in a versatile grid pattern.

Photo by Ty Mecham

Five Two Essential Kitchen Towel, $35 (Food52)

For just a touch of grid patterning in the kitchen: an artful kitchen towel in pre-washed cotton, inspired by classic French windowpane checks.

Photo by Rocky Luten

What's your favorite trend of the season? Tell us in the comments below!

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