Gingham is the simplest form of check; white stripes of equal width in both directions with one other colour.
Checks don't need to be 'cottagey' and are included in elegant interiors, maybe for summer slip covers or as in the curtains in the photos below.
Checks on cotton or linen look very cheerful in a kitchen or dining room made up into a Roman blind or curtains, or on a table cloth or chair cushions.
In the bedroom below by Kathryn Ireland the checks are combined with patterns and stripes to create a restful room with a country feel. The splashes of red add interest.
Ralph Lauren uses a wool tartan check to cover the chair above in an elegant and cozy study.
Let me know if you'd like more information on fabrics like these or any other and I'll be happy to show them to you and discuss your decorating requirements.
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