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Trend: Mad About Plaid

Oh, these are so far from your traditional tartans. We love that the pattern -- in unexpected colors -- is popping up on packing tape, wall tiles, and even eco-friendly blankets. Use the design to inject a little warmth into your favorite rooms -- just stay away from lumberjack styles and you’ll keep it cozy, not campy.

Clockwise from top left: Shower curtain, Target.com; Envelopes, NeimanMarcus.com; Wall tile, TrendGroup-USA.com; Blanket, BranchHome.com; Cutting board, Amazon.com; Tape, LLBean.com; Buffet, ThomasWold.com

-- Jen DeRose

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