We love our jobs because every design project is different. Sometimes you want things clean, simple and minimalist. And sometimes a little embellishment is in order. One decorative detail we adore selecting is fabric trim. A little cording here, a bullion fringe there, a rosette on a pillow or a patterned tape on drapery and we are in creative heaven! These small touches pull together a design scheme and show that somebody was lovingly paying attention to absolutely – every – single – detail! Trims are the definition of a “finishing touch.”
The fabrication of decorative trimming is certainly an art form. The French call it “passementerie” and the world has become more beautiful one trim at a time. Trims are generally sold by the yard, on bolts like fabric, and are applied separately to things like throw pillows, window treatments, bedding, and upholstery items. Some of the many types of trim available are roping, cording, loop trim, tassel trim, bead trim, gimp, brush fringe and tapes. Some trims are attached to a plain fabric tape – so that the tape can be sewn right into the seam (disappearing) and allowing only the decorative portion to show. Other trims are entirely ornamental and sewn right onto the surface of the item you’re trimming. Other trims don’t come in long lengths at all - but are produced as individual little fabric jewels. Buttons, frogs and rosettes – are examples of these and are all applied individually to elevate an item from ho-hum to spectacular.
So, what are some common trim uses? A corded trim can edge the cushions of a custom sofa and give visual definition to the piece. A brush fringe adds softness, color and texture to a throw pillow. A beaded trim spices up the bottom edge of a valance – just as a flat embroidered wide tape enlivens the leading edge of a drapery panel. Creatively applied to the surface, an inexpensive ready-made pillow becomes luxurious. We love being creative with trim and making all our client’s projects special and unique.
A few of our favorite sources for outstanding trims are Scalamandre, Samuel and Sons, Kravet, and Houles. Robert Allen, Duralee, Fabricut are some of the tried and true vendors. Check them all out and you will be amazed by their vast offerings. We hope that the next time you have a decorating project you’ll see it through to the end – and remember to add some trim - a detail not to be missed!