Peter Piper picked a peck of paisley


Try saying that three times, fast! that I have your attention let’s get down to business.

As a child of the sixties I have had a long love affair with paisley so I was pleased to see that it is making a comeback in both fashion and home decor.  Let’s start off with defining paisley.  That ever realiable source, Wikipedia, defines it as “a droplet shaped vegetable motif of Persian (Iranian) origin.” You can read all about the history of paisley by visiting it’s very own site- Paisley Power.

All types of apparel, including shirts, dresses, trousers and even shoes sport this versatile pattern.  But since this is a home design blog let’s look at the ways you can use paisley in your home.


Upholstered pieces are an obvious choice and the bigger the better to show off the beautiful pattern.  This settee features a subtly colored paisley fabric that adds pattern to the somewhat rustic setting.

Steamboat Springs Mountain House
Use your favorite paisley fabric to upholster a headboard, side chair or large ottoman.
Luxury Northwest Portland Remodel
Along with other small items in a room such as lampshades or throws, accent pillows are a simple way to introduce just a hint of paisley to your decor.  Let them take center stage or combine them with other patterns for an eclectic look.  Checks and stripes are a great complement to paisley but you might want to exercise a little care when adding floral patterns to the mix.  In this bedroom a paisley pillow is paired with a zebra animal print and a nordic looking stripe, creating a designer inspired combination.
British Colonial in Pasadena
Window treatments
Draperies, roman and roller shades, valances and cornice boards provide a wonderful opportunity to display paisley fabric.
Estate Model Home, Brampton
 Wallpaper and tile

Yes, even tile can be applied in a paisley pattern as this bathroom so beautifully illustrates.  Stunning!

Master Bathroom - Clayton, MO
A paisley patterned wallpaper really allows the fluidity of the paisley design to show.  A powder room is a choice spot to display your love of this ancient design.  Go elegant–
Swallow Drive
What are your thoughts on this iconic pattern?  Do you use paisley in your home decor?

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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