One thing I can't get out of my mind is buffalo check. I am working on reupholstering a chair and I almost went with a check but I changed my mind at the last minute. However, I am lusting over a red and white buffalo check throw pillow or two for Christmas decorating.
A quick search on Pinterest turned up these images. Are you with me?
I think the key is to make sure it's a buffalo check not gingham otherwise you run into a country feel.