Hot Trend: Buffalo Check

First off, you may be asking, “What is buffalo check?”

To be honest, I didn’t know for years that’s what it was called despite being a huge fan of plaid. [Put a guy in a plaid flannel shirt, have him roll up his sleeves and put on a pair of aviators and I’m a goner every time. Who needs a suit? SWOON.]

Classically, buffalo check is the large red and black or black and white plaid as seen below.

gramsfarmhouse mantel
Donna, better known as @Gramsfarmhouse on Instagram uses buffalo check all over her house throughout the year. Check out her Instagram feed to see how she incorporates it during different holidays.

Conversely, gingham is the small checkered print. To learn more about tartan and plaid, check out this great blog post by Greenhouse Fabrics.

Scroll Down: My Top 5 buffalo check products you need to buy now!

The red and black buffalo check has seen a resurgence in the past few years thanks to hipsters and wannabe lumberjacks. It’s been popular at Christmas time and also become a staple in baby boys’ nurseries.

But now, we’re seeing the black and white buffalo check everywhere– and that’s thanks to the rise in popularity of Farmhouse Style.

notafarmhousentexas livingroom
I stumbled across the beautiful home of Kathy from @notafarmhousentexas and instantly became a fan! I love how the black and white buffalo check really pops against her shiplap walls.
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I love how she incorporated buffalo check in her farmhouse style dining room. Be sure to check out Kathy’s Instagram feed for more inspiration! She even has a b&w buffalo check dog bed you gotta see!

Now if you’re looking for an outside-the-box way to use buffalo check, look no further than the home of Becky from @theothersideofneutral.

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I love how Becky used buffalo check to transform this small space. The wallpaper looks amazing and the black and white is a nice contrast to the warm wood tones.

But if you really want to be wowed- check out Becky’s master bath and bedroom reno:

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Isn’t that floor incredible!? And get this- Becky PAINTED that! Check out her DIY Painted Buffalo Check Floor tutorial now on her blog.

theothersideofneutral bedroom
There’s a reason Becky’s home was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. She said after she did her master bath makeover, it felt like the bedroom needed updated, too. And we’re so glad she did, because it’s stunning! Get more inspo on her blog now: theothersideofneutral.com

If you’re like me, you’re loving this hot trend and want to incorporate it into your home as well. So… here are my top picks!

Top 5 Buffalo Check Items To Buy Now!

The following contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure here.


Buffalo Check Garland


Ukeler Black and White Plaid Rug


Tealp Plaid Throw Pillow Cover


Buffalo Plaid ottoman


Let’s Stay Home Black and White Buffalo Plaid Throw Pillow

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