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It is official the print of this Spring/Summer is gingham; the classic print is making a revival this season in both interiors and fashion alike, and believe me will instantly make your home appear on trend.

Now when you think of gingham, you might imagine the all American girl from the 50’s and 60’s, sweet children’s dresses, or even Dorothy’s from the Wizard of Oz! Personally for me gingham harks back fond memories from my childhood, including baking with my mother at the kitchen table covered in a green and white checked tablecloth. That tablecloth was a necessity given the mess I made! However despite a retro appeal, the print is making a fresh comeback this season as suggested by the fashion shows back in September.

So check it out, here is a selection of fashion designers that had gingham as a key theme in their Spring/Summer 2015 shows. It was Diane von Furstenburg, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler that showed us gingham checks of all sizes are back in fashion.

So gingham, checks please! Although it is a classic pattern, it is also one of the most versatile for interiors, given that it can be scaled up or down depending upon what it is complimenting, as well as being able to mix easily with other patterns. No longer just for country homes or children’s rooms, gingham is back all grown up and taking on a fresh new sophistication. Done in bright and vibrant colours, and given a contemporary twist.

Now that is not to say you should go all out in gingham! The harsh lines of the grid pattern need to be softened by other elements, however touches of gingham can break up a room and alter the mood. As gingham can be either casual and fun or elegant and sophisticated, depending on the colours and fabric.

So where do you begin on adding some gingham into your home? Well head to sharp to Marks and Spencer, who offer statement gingham bed linens in either a blue or grey mix, to bring some graphic pattern to your bedroom. Or revamp your kitchen chairs with their gingham seat cushions, I am taken by the red and white ones. Then for those willing to go all out! – There is also a matching tablecloth and napkins, which would look stunning on a painted white kitchen table.

Alternatively cover one of your existing chairs or cushions, or even have blinds or curtains made in one of Laura Ashley’s gingham fabrics. Their collection consists of blue, pink, red and green mixes. Otherwise for a more subtle touch, The White Company have an irresistibly soft pale pink and white check throw that can be added to your sofa or bed. Who says fashion cannot be practical? So go check it out!

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Above: The White Company

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