Pattern Focus: Paisley

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Paisley pattern wallpaper
Paisley pattern wallpaper (styleofdesign

Paisley is a centuries old pattern that is regaining popularity.  Vibrantly colorful, muted and sophisticated or monochromatic, paisley can be added to your home in a variety of ways.  Choose wallpaper, rugs and fabrics that lift your rooms from ho-hum to oh-so-stylish.  Here are some uses for paisley to inspire you to decorate your own rooms with this timeless pattern.

Paisley chair
Paisley chair (Pinterest)
Paisley patterned artwork adds interest to this bedroom
Paisley patterned artwork adds interest to this bedroom (decorationtrend)
Beautiful textured paisley walls
Beautiful textured paisley walls (homeandfurnituregallery)
Paint it paisley!
Paint it paisley! (paintand pattern)

Wallpaper is one way to fully embrace the flowing pattern of paisley.  You can choose a monochromatic style for subtlety or a mixture of colors for a bolder look.  Take care when using a wallpaper with a repeated paisley pattern against a blank background.  This type of pattern can appear busy and you will want to maintain an overall “less is more” look for the room, keeping other patterns to a minimum.  This open pattern is a more modern take on the style.

Paisley wallpaper adds distinction to this home office
Paisley wallpaper adds distinction to this home office (cozybliss)
Beautiful paisley wallpaper enhances this dining space
Beautiful paisley wallpaper enhances this dining space (blog.brewsterwallcovering)
A modern paisley wallpaper
A modern paisley wallpaper (homedecoratingguru)
Go for the wow factor with this bright paisley wallpaper
Go for the wow factor with this bright paisley wallpaper (nicewallpaperhome.blogspot)

When taking the bolder choice, you can work with the other colors in the paisley print to accessorize the room.  Mix smaller patterns and take color cues from the wallpaper for styling the room.  This is a classic style of paisley and brings warmth and a certain distinguished charm to a room.

A traditional paisley pattern in pastel hues
A traditional paisley pattern in pastel hues (decoratingfiles)
Pattern play with paisley
Pattern play with paisley (kuraarasbasin.net)

Fabrics in multiple styles and colors are available for upholstery, window treatments, bedding and pillows.  Upholster a chair in paisley, hang long panels in a bold paisley or use the pattern on a collection of throw pillows for a solid sofa.

A paisley beanbag chair in modern, vibrant colors
A paisley beanbag chair in modern, vibrant colors (uni-wall)
Paisley upholstery
Paisley upholstery (target)
Blue and white paisley panels
Blue and white paisley panels (Kohls)
Mix in paisley throw pillows for added color and punch
Mix in paisley throw pillows for added color and punch (chameleonstyle)
Fresh paisley pillows
Fresh paisley pillows (Potterybarn)

The bedroom is the ideal space to experiment with paisley.  Beautifully vibrant paisley comforters and quilts look fresh and modern.  Soft pastel bedding in a subtle paisley print is clean, bright and feminine.

Bright paisley bedding
Bright paisley bedding (bed-bath-info)
Pretty paisley bedding
Pretty paisley bedding (shabbyhousedesigns.blogspot)
Fun, modern paisley bedding
Fun, modern paisley bedding (Target via Pinterest)

A paisley patterned rug can make a stylish impact in a room.  Opt for the more contemporary brighter hues or go with a traditional, more subdued family of colors depending on your style.

Beautiful colors highlight this paisley rug
Beautiful colors highlight this paisley rug (Pinterest)
Traditional paisley patterned rug
Traditional paisley patterned rug (plushrugs)

Although paisley is a centuries old pattern, it is timeless.  It spans different tastes and styles from old-world charm, colorful Bohemian or bright and modern.  Paisley is versatile and unique.  Try it out in your home and see what unexpected charm and sophistication it creates.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, Lori. The bright paisley coverlet was featured at Bed Bath & Beyond. The muted green comforter is by Pottery Barn and the paisley coverlet with the orange backing was featured at Target. I’ve searched these respective web sites and was unable to find them currently for sale. However, you could try Wayfar.com. They have an extensive selection of paisley bedding, some styles very close to these. I hope this helps!

  2. Can you please tell me who makes the bright pink paisley wallpaper “go for the wow factor” from the May 13, 2015 blog?

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