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There are some countries that have designs and styles that are famous and readily identifiable the world over. Scotland is one such country, with their tartans being adopted by many nationalities as a beautiful interior design element.

Scottish Design In The Interior

If you have a bed and breakfast, you can make your rooms and public areas very appealing by the addition of some Scottish motifs. Tartan is, of course, the most common Scottish design and can have a wide range of applications.

For example, dining table seating can be upholstered in a tartan check, bringing colour and warmth to the wood and setting a colour scheme for the entire room, depending upon which tartan you choose. If you have Scottish heritage, it can be tempting to go for a tartan in your clan’s ancestral colours, but you should choose a tartan based on existing colour schemes and room functions rather than history and heritage.

A red and black tartan would be a great choice for a dining room because of its boldness, while you could opt for a lighter tartan for a softer look. For example, a lavender or lilac tartan matched with cream would make an excellent choice for a bedroom, perhaps in the fabric used for the curtains or the bed linen. Tartan would look great in the living room as well. For a bold look, you can have sofas upholstered in a specific tartan and matched with an upholstered footstool. If seating and furniture covered in tartan is too bold a look for you, opt instead for accents in tartan, such as cushions or throws.

To keep an interior’s look a little more streamlined, you could install window shutters rather than curtains. There are a number of shutter styles available, so you can choose a style that would most accurately reflect the Scottish design style. Shutters are a more practical and hardwearing window-dressing than either curtains or blinds.

Other Scottish Associations

Of course, while tartan is the most obvious design style from Scotland, it is not the only one. Other motifs are decidedly Scottish, such as the thistle and heather, as well as Celtic and Gaelic symbols. Several of the symbols we think of as Scottish have actually been influenced by the invasion of Scandinavian races, such as the Vikings, and there are quite a few associations with Norse mythology. The Celtic knot, for example, is very well known, and hails from the early Celtic church. Celtic knots were used as decoration on Bibles and other religious manuscripts, as well as jewellery and statuary. A Celtic knot motif could be used as a border on plain-painted walls, or on fabrics for soft furnishings. You could use heather and thistles as a means of bringing nature inside your bed and breakfast, putting them in vases or hanging them dried around doorjambs or from light fittings.

Scottish design can involve some very strong visual motifs, so use them sparingly around your bed and breakfast to avoid overwhelming the senses and just give an idea of true Scottish style.