Buffalo Checkered /Gingham/ Plaid Roman Shades & Window Blinds

Buffalo checks, gingham, plaid – they never go out of fashion, do they? Checker, as the primeval of all, and gingham and plaid joining the course to add more visual variety, have together given the world enduring patterns of an impressive class and legacy. So if you’re looking to invite nostalgia and a bit of old-fashioned romance into your space, you’ll find our collection of gingham, plaid and checked roman shades to be a perfect fit.  

Can’t differentiate between the three? Put simply by our stylists – 

  • Checks: Squares in two different colors placed in alternating positions; typically imagine a black-and-white checkerboard. Many credit the origin of checkered prints to a Scottish man known for trading buffalo check blankets on the frontiers of North American in the 19th century. History also attributes it to Pennsylvania-based Woolrich Woolen Mills for introducing the signature version in 1850.
  • Gingham: Dyed cotton with overlapping stripes of color combined with white thread to create a distinctive crisscross pattern. Gingham traces its roots to the early 1600s in Dutch-colonized Malaysia. The name ‘gingham’ itself comes from the Malayan word, ‘genggang’, typically meaning stripes.
  • Plaid: Criss-crossed horizontal and vertical lines with varying widths, typically creating a grid of multiple colors. Plaid, in particular, has been America’s near-and-dear. It came with Scottish migrants who held it as a symbol of unity and resistance to tyranny. On American shores, it took on a new life as an iconic fixture of the frontier home, the tradesman, and the minimalistic romanticist intellectual. 

Traditionally, these patterns were considered to be men’s patterns – symmetrical, orderly, solid and laconic. They were designed to calm, focus, remind of order and adjust to the working mood. No surprise, even now, we find that our checked roman shades adorn a lot of masculine spaces, studies, home offices and little boys’ bedrooms.

That said, any introduction to these patterns would be incomplete without a nod to their “native” home, the kitchen of course. Full of “square” geometry – backsplash mosaics, floor tiles, ovens and toasters – kitchens allow checked and plaid roman shades to logically complete a kitchen’s composition. Where checked curtains might prove too traditional, roman shades, however – with their inherent minimalism – are a perfect fit for a modern-day farmhouse kitchen. 

Whichever of the three patterns you choose for your windows – plaid, checks, or gingham – our stylists recommend letting your room’s size and palette drive the choice of fabric in this case.  

A bold large-scale pattern, for example, would be advisable for a high-ceiling, spacious study, while a small-scale buffalo check or delicate gingham would prove better suited for a narrow window overlooking your cozy breakfast nook.

These patterns sit strongest and proudest against neutral, monochromatic plain backdrops. Our roman shades in understated ‘Slow Green’ fabric are conversation starters in many modern white kitchens – while ‘Newspaper Ink’ is a perennial fave against dark grey walls in moody interiors. 

With their peculiar ability to go with nearly any style and space, roman shades in these geometrically perfect, fuss-free patterns never fail to impress, whether you’re fashioning a mid-century modern living room or a contemporary-chic dining space. Furthermore, with options to order your roman blinds in any size and fold style, we hope you’ll have an easy, breezy time finding the perfect window dressing for your lovely home. 

Happy browsing!