Tas­sels, braids and fringes are be­ing rein­vented for the mod­ern home – take in­spi­ra­tion from th­ese stylish de­signs

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Trim­mings – or passe­menterie, to give them their more ro­man­tic name – are back in vogue af­ter years in the dec­o­rat­ing wilder­ness. Ital­ian de­signer Cristina Celestino re­vived them in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion in her ‘Co­rallo’ in­stal­la­tion, for which she fes­tooned a Mi­lanese tram with an ar­ray of fringes, rope cords and pat­terned bor­ders; her ‘Gilda’ sofa and ‘Tripolino’ ta­bles for Edi­tions Mi­lano are sim­i­larly em­bel­lished.

At House of Hack­ney, Soho Home and Gucci Dé­cor, you can pur­chase tas­selled cush­ions and fur­ni­ture rem­i­nis­cent of Vic­to­rian sa­lons, while Amer­i­can de­sign­ers Kelly Wearstler and Laura Ki­rar are mak­ing passe­menterie look mod­ern again with chic, geo­met­ric trim­mings. Wearstler’s lat­est col­lec­tion for Ground­works at Lee Jofa (above, from £45 per me­tre, GP & J Baker; in­cludes graphic bor­ders in­spired by the Bauhaus and a chunky bul­lion fringe, while Ki­rar’s ‘Arte­sa­nia X’ range for Bri­tish brand Sa­muel & Sons is in­flu­enced by Mex­i­can hand­crafts.

‘Tech­nol­ogy and new ma­te­ri­als are re­defin­ing trim­mings,’ says Michael Co­hen, pres­i­dent of Sa­muel & Sons. ‘Hair-on-hide fin­ishes, ap­pliqué tech­niques and laser cut­ting are just some of the in­no­va­tions that have trans­formed their staid im­age, and many of the new de­signs can be used in ways that were once im­prac­ti­cal, such as on walls and around door­ways.’ ➤

Lon­don de­signer Jessica Light makes vi­brant, mod­ern pieces that can be cus­tomised to your in­te­rior. ‘Ev­ery­thing we do is de­signed to work in a con­tem­po­rary home,’ she says. ‘Trim­mings only look old-fash­ioned if they’re overused. The trick is not to think of them just as edg­ings, but as tools to add in­ter­est to a scheme: pick one to three colours from the fab­rics, paint and wallpapers you’re us­ing and co­or­di­nate the trims, or be brave with a sin­gle con­trast hue. Even a small key tas­sel on a drawer han­dle or light pull can be strik­ing.’

Se­lect­ing a bright colour, such as the vi­brant pinks and teals of the over­sized tas­sels used (far right) to show off the joy­ful hues in Bri­tish de­sign brand House of Hack­ney’s ‘Mamou­nia’ wall­pa­per, will add drama to any room.

Or­nate de­signs are on of­fer at Nina Camp­bell and Os­borne & Lit­tle – both brands ex­cel at bead trims and em­broi­dered bor­ders – and Kate Spade at Kravet de­liv­ers chic dot mo­tifs (far left). Use them to adorn cush­ions, cur­tains and more – the only limit is your imag­i­na­tion.

1 ‘Triple Dot’ by Kate Spade, £43 per me­tre, Kravet ( 2 De­tail­ing on Cristina Celestino’s ‘Co­rallo’ tram 3 ‘Arte­sa­nia X’ range, from £27 per me­tre, Sa­muel & Sons (samue­land­ 4 ‘Mamou­nia’ wall­pa­per, £185 per roll, House of Hack­ney ( house­ofhack­ 4 1 2 3

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