Patterns: Treat Your Eye to The Fun of Paisley
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Paisley—a teardrop-shaped pattern that originated in India or Persia—can add great style to any space today. Its swirling shapes capture the eye and set many moods depending on the colors and placement you choose. It has been associated with the shape of many fruits and vegetables, including the mango. Because paisley is such a bold print it is often used in smaller accessories like pillows, artwork, and bedding. But bold decorators will use paisley in upholstery, drapery and wallpaper. Let's take a look:
You can alter the impact of the paisley design with color and by using an oversized or undersized version of the pattern. Oversized paisley in these great colors works magnificently here.
Wow! I've never seen pink-on-pink paisley until now. I kind of love it.
Here's another take on paisley in a playful room of patterns and a great color scheme.
The bold print is softened here due to its use only on pillows that complement the surrounding blankets and drapes.
I like black and white paisley for home design. The print remains just as bold but the colors create a more graphic punch.
These pillows show how the traditional paisley design can be modified into a more artistic look.
Here is another great example of how paisley can be adapted into a slightly different pattern that really works in a modern space.
This bold pink paisley couch shows off the paisley's fun side.
Here's a contemporary take on the paisley design. The simple paisley pillows add a little bit of color and fun to a neutral palette.
Paisley stencils or vinyl decals allow you to easily add this pattern anywhere.
Ideabook published on Nov. 18, 2010.
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