23 Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas to Level Up Your Holiday Décor

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Published: October 29, 2021
Updated: October 30, 2023

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

It seems that buffalo plaid Christmas décor has been around every corner for the past few holiday seasons. And honestly, I’m not the least bit surprised. While buffalo plaid Christmas decorations feel new to some, this classic pattern has been a Christmas favorite for decades, especially around farmhouse homes—and for good reason.

Buffalo plaid, also commonly known as buffalo check, is a versatile pattern that is easy to incorporate into your home. Its clean lines, simple design, and built-in contrast can give any décor an instant facelift and looks phenomenal in holiday setups. Adding buffalo plaid to your Christmas décor can be as simple as layering a few throw pillows around the house or crafting a few bows for your Christmas tree.

Feel like going big with buffalo check? You may want to try a curtain backdrop that will make your Christmas tree and present-opening photos pop. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, take a minute to slide some plaid textiles into your centerpiece or under your dishes.

Any area, from the bedroom to the dining room, could be spruced up with some buffalo plaid love before Santa arrives! Keep scrolling for more buffalo plaid Christmas ideas, tips, and inspiration.

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Mixing and Matching Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

This entire space feels creative, cohesive, and full of Christmas charm! Layering plaid pillows on this entryway bench make it look extra lush and inviting. Not only are there different colors of plaid mixed together, but the red pillows match the ribbon draped around the Christmas tree.

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Photo Backdrop

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Just imagine how great Christmas morning pictures will look in front of this plaid backdrop! The curtains and the wooden signs add an element of fun to this classy tree clad with snow, gold garland, and Christmas balls with a soft sheen. Even if you don’t have a window behind your tree, you can create the same look with a curtain rod and plaid curtains.

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No Competition Claus

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

The stenciled floor in this room stuns with an intricate pattern, so keep it subtle with buffalo plaid Christmas accents like the picture frame, pillows, and throw blanket. The beauty of large plaid prints is that they play well with more detailed patterns. These plaid accents will also effortlessly integrate into winter décor after the big guy in red arrives without feeling too Christmas-y.

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decor

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Bedroom Décor

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

This farmhouse bedroom may have skipped the classic red Christmas accents, but it certainly didn’t skip out on the Christmas charm! It builds upon an eye-catching plaid quilt set with classy Christmas touches, like wreaths hanging in the windows and a slender Christmas tree topped with simple silver ornaments in the corner.

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Buildable Buffalo Base

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

The buffalo plaid pillows and throw blanket in this fresh, neutral bedroom add pattern and contrast to the bed without deviating from the bedroom’s chosen color palette. To infuse this room with Christmas cheer, you could easily build upon the buffalo plaid pillows with another layer of Christmas throw pillows, replacing the framed art with Christmas wall art or placing a tray with Christmas décor on the bench.

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Seasonal Fabric Accents

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Textiles are the easiest and most common to add a touch of buffalo plaid to any room. Swapping out fabric accents like pillow covers, blankets, and curtains for each season is a simple way to keep any room feeling fresh. This chic bedroom adds some plaid with black and white buffalo check curtains and pillows. They not only look amazing against the gray accent wall and white furniture, but they also keep the look contemporary and neutral.

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Easy Peasy Refresh

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

If your Christmas décor is feeling a bit bland, a lack of contrast might be the culprit. The good news? Buffalo plaid has contrast built right in! Try doing what this living room did and drape a throw blanket on a sofa or bed to refresh an area in less than a minute. This living room also lined a tray with plaid for an extra pop of pattern.

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An Unexpected Splash of Red

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

This farmhouse entryway table balances warm neutrals with a splash of red and white Christmas décor, including buffalo plaid Christmas pillows, small plant pots, and vase filler. While most people think of beds, benches, chairs, and sofas as places to incorporate throw pillows, they can also be used to soften and embellish tables and fireplaces when placed beside them on the floor. You can always place them in a basket if you want to keep them clean.

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Modern, Neutral, and Fabulous!

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

When it comes to modern Christmas décor, black and white plaid knows how to blend right in! The blanket ladder with a plaid throw is a functional addition to this setup that infuses it with extra cozy vibes. The plaid throw also beautifully mirrors the colors used to decorate the white Christmas tree that features contrasting black ornaments, glimmering silver garlands, and a woven collar.

Buffalo Christmas Plaid

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A Cozy Country Christmas

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

In this cozy living room, the buffalo plaid pillows echo the pattern reading chair, while the heavy knit red pillow and blanket make the sofa look vibrant and welcoming. They also provide the perfect splash of color and pattern to juxtapose the Christmas tree and garland in the background. Consider putting covers on your current throw pillows if you don’t want to splurge on new throw pillows. Covers are widely available and easy to store. Plus, they can be thrown right into the wash if they get a stain which is great for families with kids or messy adults.

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DIY Throw Pillow Covers

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

The Christmas décor is kept minimal in this living room with plaid pillows cushioning the sofa, string lights illuminating the back wall, and paper snowflakes embellishing the table centerpiece. DIY lovers can make their own buffalo plaid pillow covers with material and some basic sewing skills. If you end up with extra fabric, you can use it to create some Christmas bows or placemats.

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Bows

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

The garland draped along this banister is oozing with Christmas charisma, and the oversized buffalo plaid bows undoubtedly tie it all together (no pun intended). The bows perched atop the posts add contrast and an extra sense of flow and movement to the arrangement. Garland not your style? These bows are also fantastic for spicing up a Christmas wreath, tree, or chairs with spindles.

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A Place for Plaid

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Try using a placemat-sized piece of buffalo plaid under a Christmas centerpiece. The bunched-up plaid fabric draws the eye to the glass candle votive in the room above while the greenery mimics the mantel garland strung with stockings. To top it all off, the fireplace figurines and pom-pom pillows give this space just a smidge of whimsy, making it cozy and charming.

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A Poignant Pop of Pattern

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Offset warm neutrals with crisp black and white buffalo plaid. This kitchen strategically only uses plaid on the window valance to garner attention. You could also repeat the plaid throughout the room with accents, like ribbons and placemats.

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Repeating Patterns

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Photo: motherthyme

Buffalo plaid is exceptionally alluring when it is used a few times throughout a room. In this living space, we see plaid used in the throw pillow, top of the ottoman, and on the picture frame under the side table. Light wood tones and natural fiber baskets are integrated throughout, giving the space a coastal vibe.

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Wrapping Paper

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Wrapping paper isn’t just for gifts—it can also be used to elevate a Christmas display! Here, a large distressed sign above a side table is accessorized with small trees, plaid plant pots, and a plaid lamp. The fun pattern continues over on the table with a table runner and tray holding a duo of candlesticks. Look for opportunities to refresh your own holiday décor with plaid paper. This may include embellishing a serving tray, wrapping a plant pot, framing a piece or two in a gallery wall, or topping some flat ornaments with a layer of patterned paper.

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Making a Statement

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Don’t be afraid to think beyond accessories, as buffalo plaid always makes a splash when used on upholstery. Sitting beside a faux fireplace, this enticing chair creates an envy-worthy reading spot! The lack of arms makes it ideal for anyone that likes to sit cross-legged. Subtle additions like the gold arch mirror, plant pots, and candles infuse this room with a whisper of glamour and warmth.

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The Best Seats in the House

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Farmhouse Christmas Style

Farmhouse Buffalo Christmas Plaid Decor

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Cottage Chic Christmas Dinner

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Everyone will be fighting over the best seat in the house for Christmas dinner with a chair as fabulous as this one! This dining room strung garland over the cabinet and chandelier while using throw pillows and a chair cover to bring plaid patterning to the dining room. You can get a similar look by slipping a buffalo plaid chair cover onto your current dining chairs by either covering all of them or creating an accent by only covering the one at the head of the table.

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Let’s Eat!

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Table Décor

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

The country feel of a plaid dining chair cover isn’t for everyone. The good news is that there are many other options to bring plaid to the dining room. You can still charm guests with buffalo plaid at the Christmas table by looking to this dining room for inspiration. Plaid table runners and napkins are placed underneath festive plates. They look beautiful draped across the wood-planked table, and overall, are a wonderful addition to this rustic-chic farmhouse aesthetic.

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After Dinner Delight

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ideas

Photo: motherthyme

After a delicious dinner and all of that Christmas fun, treat your guests to a coffee bar. This one uses plaid coffee cups and napkins, which stand out against the surrounding warm neutrals of the two-tier tray and rustic cake. This can also be a fun place to leave a snack for Santa—he will definitely need a caffeine boost after visiting all those houses!

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