Recreate Reese Witherspoon's living room setup with this charming gingham find for just $14

Reese Witherspoon's living room is tied together by one decor piece that works perfectly with any home aesthetic

Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet at the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards. She's wearing a strapless black dress with large bow on her left hip
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Reese Witherspoon's living room is a cozy, cottagecore retreat tied together by one sophisticated element: gingham. 

The star recently gave TikTok fans a sneak peek into her space, a blue checkered throw pillow on her sofa. Our pros say it creates "nostalgia and charm that transcends trends" — and, you can channel the look with cute gingham items from just $14.

Adding touches of this classic pattern makes for an easy upgrade for a small living room, so our expert designer reveals how to make it work in any space and on a budget. 

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In a humorous TikTok clip, the actor is stationed comfortably on the sofa, skimming through her TV and film projects. But Reese Witherspoon's living room decor outshines her humorous marathon lineup in the best way possible, leading viewers commenting on the adorable look.

A small living room refresh doesn't need to be extensive — something as simple as a playful throw pillow can completely elevate the rest of the space and make a statement, as you see in Reese's case. The key is to tackle small accents first.  

"Start by incorporating gingham through decorative pillows, throws, or curtains," says designer Nina Lichtenstein

The Carol & Frank 50" x 60" Gingham Check Throw Blanket at Target is available in four shades and perfectly complements rustic home decor, while Urban Outfitters' Gingham Rose Breezy Cotton Percale Sheet Set acts as the perfect transitional home decor piece as spring gets underway. 

A picture of Nina Lichtenstein, a woman wearing a green jumpsuit
Nina Lichtenstein

When Nina Lichtenstein designs a home, it is more than just a house. It is a haven. One tailored to a family's distinctive tastes, daily rituals, special gatherings, and long-term dreams. It is a nest from which to launch lives and make memories for generations to come. Her use of diverse textures and elegant blends of stone, wood, and other natural materials are part of her signature style.

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How to style the look

Once you're ready to style a sofa in a small living room and take a look at the bigger picture, you'll want to take colors and textures into consideration when working with gingham.

"Opt for neutral furniture upholstery to create a harmonious backdrop that allows the gingham pattern to shine," Nina adds. "Consider layering gingham with solid-colored textiles or other patterns, such as florals or stripes, to add depth and visual interest to the space."

What's more, Nina argues that gingham knows no bounds. It can work with colorful small living room ideas, modern small living room ideas, and beyond. 

"Whether in classic black and white, soft pastels, or bold hues, gingham exudes a sense of nostalgia and charm that transcends trends," she says. "Its clean lines and understated elegance make it a staple in both traditional and contemporary settings, ensuring its enduring popularity through the ages."

If you want to go bold, a peel-and-stick wallpaper with a gingham style or furniture upholstery can be the way to go. Consider Spoonflower's Peel & Stick Wallpaper in Blue Gingham on Amazon or West Elm's Heather Taylor Home Scarlett Bench to make it happen. 

Reese Witherspoon's living room is traditional, perhaps even infused with a touch of coastal influences. However, if you want to work with different styles, that means honing in on the surroundings.

"Natural materials such as rattan, wicker, or reclaimed wood accents beautifully complement the rustic simplicity of gingham," Nina adds. "For a refined look, incorporate metallic finishes like brass or gold in lighting fixtures, picture frames, or decorative accessories to add a touch of glamour to the relaxed charm of gingham."

If Reese Witherspoon's living room is your style crush, embrace the cute checkered look and let it do the talking.

This isn't the beloved actor and entrepreneur's only stylish setup. Reese Witherspoon's book nook is nothing short of fantastic, largely thanks to her soft, blush-toned accent chair, so we asked experts how to achieve a similar style. Kick back with a bestseller and enjoy!

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.