When it comes to details, you can’t go wrong with trim. You can create all types of looks with various trims, from cords to tapes to buttons. If you want to be formal (and French…oh la la) about it, you can call it Passementerie. This term describes any ornamental band, cord or trimming, including tassels. Of course through the years, hundreds of them, the fashion of these adornments have changed but the root of the concept is the same: details! The trim is the extra “oomph,” the eye candy. When used tastefully, it can take any design to new levels and screams “custom.”
Thinking of trimmings, we usually envision a brush fringe on the edge of a pillow, or maybe large tassel tiebacks on drapery panels. In reality, the possibilities are endless. Some of the most interesting applications I’ve seen have been with tape trims. You can add this to the base of a skirted piece of furniture, add it to the cushions, in interesting designs on pillows, on the edge of drapes or roman shades, etc.
The idea shown below is very creative! Using a tape trim, they have applied it to the wall following the wood trim, creating a very interesting and custom look.
Try not to overlook tassel trims, they may seem “stuffy” but they can create a great look, from elegant to exotic. You can add this to a pillow edge, the face of pillows, on window treatments, or even on the edge of a lampshade! Anything can use a little detail!