Using Tassels, Fringe and Beads to Create Custom Interiors

From feathers to wood beads, hemp fringe to silk tassels, decorative trim adds a unique decorative touch to any home interior. By knowing where to use them, homeowners can create one-of-a-kind home accessories.

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Using Trim on Window Treatments

Window treatments are the final jewel in the crown of a well-designed room. While simple drapery panels or curtains are sufficient to complete a space, adding decorative trim brings a new dimension to the windows.

Trims of nearly any kind can be used on window treatments. On a pair of drapery panels, for example, adding fringe along the leading (inside) edge of each panel adds a touch of luxury. The fringe hangs dramatically in the window when the panels are pulled back using drapery tie-backs. This look can be achieved very successfully with beaded trim, tassel fringe, onion fringe or any other trim configuration.

Another way to incorporate trim into a drapery is to add it to the top, or header, of the panel. A row of decorative cord sewn into the seam a near the rod adds depth. In fact, cording or welt can be added to every seam in a panel, as a way to decoratively finish the seams. Long, silky bullion fringe is a dramatic way to add detail to the bottom of a valance or cornice top treatment.

Sewing simple flat woven tapes to the side of a Roman shade, roller shade or drapery panel adds other pattern and graphic impact to an otherwise simple window treatment. These tapes vary from very narrow to pieces several inches wide, and many come in elaborate woven patterns and brilliant colors.

Tassels come in all sizes; they are available in pairs, connected by a decorative cord, and also individually. Tassels and cord combine to create a lovely drapery tie-back. They can also be hung from the end of a drapery rod or a wood or metal tie-back for a custom touch.

Although adding trims to custom window treatments is common, even ready-made draperies can benefit from the addition of exotic fringes and baubles. A simple linen curtain purchased from a local department store becomes something fabulous when a little edge is sewn to the bottom seam.

Using Decorative Trims on Fabric Accessories

Home accessories such as pillows, bedding or lampshades make a great canvas for decorative trim. When adding trim to a pillow, the use of the pillow needs to be considered. For pillows meant to be used as a measure of comfort on a sofa or chair, soft trims such as fringe or tassels are best. Hard beaded trims or fragile trims incorporating seashells or feathers are better left for pillows meant only as a decoration.

Decorative cord sewn into the seams of a duvet cover brings elegance to a bedding ensemble. Before selecting a trim to use on bedding items, comfort and cleaning should be considered. Some decorative trims cannot be laundered, making them less desirable for use on top of the bed. These items would be better used on bed skirts or decorative pillows. Flat woven tapes come in all colors and widths, and add a splash of color or pattern to a plain comforter or pillow sham.

Beaded fringe makes a charming addition to the bottom edge of a lampshade. The light coming from the inside of the shade shines through the beads, creating a jewel-like effect. These are also great places to showcase fancy or unusual trims, including those made with sea shells, feathers, leather or other materials.

Using Trim on Upholstered Furniture

Aside from using trim on only the accessories in the area, adding it to the furniture itself creates a truly custom look. During the upholstery process, cord and fringe are sewn into the seams to create a finished look. Choosing trim in a contrasting color accentuates the lines of the sofa, chair or bench.

For wood-framed chairs, braided gimp is often attached to the seam between the fabric and the wood. Gimp is a narrow, flat trim, perfect for covering small tacks, uneven seams, and junction points. It is also sometimes used underneath upholstered furniture, to finish the piece beautifully.

For an easy decorative touch, a single tassel can be hung from a door knob, cabinet or furniture knob, or from the back of a chair to add a bit of elegance and softness to a room.

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