(Written in 2012)
Paisley has been used as a pattern on clothing for centuries, mainly in shawls. Today the pattern is still popular in home décor and fashion.
Jenna Davis, an interior design consultant at Ethan Allen in Calgary, says that paisley is still very popular. She recommends paisley as a fabric choice to her clients.
“You either love it or you hate it.”
Davis says that she would only advise her clients to use the pattern in small doses, because it is such a strong floral pattern.
“Paisley fits both modern and traditional interiors – interpreting the design with bright bold colours, and classic versions with rich tones and textures.”
Using paisley as a focal point is important, Davis says, and adds that it doesn’t compete well with other floral patterns but can work well with more geometric patterns.
Patricia Newson, a Calgary resident who loves to travel, likes the timeless factor of paisley. She still wears a paisley scarf that she bought on a trip to India in 1985, she says in an email.
“The variety and blend of colours can give paisley a variety that can be lively, or rich and subdued.” Newson is looking at using paisley in some drapery, though she doesn’t currently have it in her home. Trends in paisley are also seen in fashion today.
Stephen Turik, with Harry Rosen, says that though some clients turn their nose up at paisley, it is still popular in fashion, especially in ties. He says there is a shift to more intricate paisley designs rather than large bold patterns. Some Tips for adding Paisley into your home décor, courtesy of Jenna Davis, are as follows:
1. Accents of paisley Use paisley in small doses such as in accent pillows or throws, one chair, or drapery. Too much will be overpowering and paisley doesn’t compete well with other floral patterns.
2. Make paisley the focal point Use it in a chair or larger piece, and then use other more subdued or geometric patterns that don’t stand out as much.
3. Modern décor Use larger, bolder paisley in modern décor.
4. Don’t use too much Use some paisley but be careful when adding multiple paisley pieces. It shouldn’t overwhelm the room.