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What Does Paisley and Plaid Mean

Pattern and pattern

Pattern and pattern

I am sure all of you wonder what paisley and plaid means and why my blog is called “paisleyandplaid.com”.  Who wouldn’t want to have that information?  I am not sure if the name is right for you, but it sure as hell is right for me and here is how it came about.

About 15 years ago I was working as a sales assistant at Smith Barney.  One of my fellow sales assistants, I wish I could remember her name because I would give her full credit here, said to me in a joking manner…come to think of it, maybe she was serious, hmmmmmm, anyway, she said ”do you have a mirror to look at yourself before you walk out the door and come to work?”  I laughed and asked her what she meant?  She said “you are the only person I know that would wear paisley and plaid together and think it was okay”!

Um, you mean it isn’t okay???…it’s like breathing in and out!  I told her if you have the colors right, it would work great together!  I really couldn’t understand what she was talking and laughing about, she just didn’t get it.

So, paisley and plaid has been on my mind and been my style all of my life, it just became defined 15 years ago.  Kind of like country casual or midcentury modern, soft contemporary…paisley and plaid!  Yup, I like it!

Infact, here are pictures of patterns in my family room that shows you the whole pattern on pattern idea.  You might not think they go together, but when I show you the picture of the entire space, you can see how it all works.  The colors and tone of the patterns and how the mood of the room pull it in.

Shell light fixture

Shell light fixture

 

My favorite pattern

My favorite pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shell pattern

Shell pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond pattern

Diamond pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glass and texture

Glass and texture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floral and bamboo

Floral and bamboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuzzy and silky

Fuzzy and silky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metallic paint

Metallic paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More diamonds

More diamonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful floral woven

Colorful floral woven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patterns abound

Patterns abound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love the pattern

Love the pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Room

Family Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all works for me because I love each piece individually and when displayed together they work like seasonings in a yummy melting pot of patterns and style that is unique to me.

The key here is to embrace your style, don’t ask your sister, your neighbor or your best friend because your style is, well, just that, your style.  Love your style, love your look and pull out, put on, paint it or decorate it in paisley and plaid…it’s your style!  Actually, it’s my style so keep your mitts off!

How do you make your room unique to you using the paisley and plaid style?

2 Responses to What Does Paisley and Plaid Mean

  • Stretching the images of acceptable creativity is what you do! Some think paisley and plaid…too busy…you say delightfully intricate! Keep the alternative ideas coming!
    However…the one brown sock and one black sock you wore to work will not fly as inspirational.

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