How to use Passementerie or “Trimmings”

Passementerie, or trimming as it is commonly known, is frequently  used in fashion and interior design to embellish and enliven fabric. This type of decoration has been around for centuries and the exquisite details it gives to home and fashion is largely overlooked. However, many designers are coming up with new and creative ways to use trimmings to add the finishing touches to their creations. I happen to think that passementerie, whether ornate or subtle, adds an element to a room taking it from ordinary to extraordinary. Look at some of these beautiful examples. I am constantly inspired by creativity that others can conceive!

houles3A variety of trimmings via Houles

stair-runner-with-nailhead-trim-and-dragons-tail-shape-barry-dixonBarry Dixon runner

Schumacher Dont FretSchumacher “Don’t Fret”

maggie g designsGreek key tape on the leading edge of a drape via

houles2Beautiful woven braid via Houles

fabricut-jeweled-obsession1Fabricut Jeweled Obsession

houlesNailhead and beaded trim via Houles

Carolina Herrera Baez's Madrid Home - ELLE DECORUpholstered and trimmed walls in Carolina Herrera’s Home via Elle Decor

amanda nisbetAmanda Nisbet





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