Fringe is a trend that comes and goes… lucky for us it seems to be in this design season. From fashion to decor… Fringe is everywhere.
I think most clients cringe when they hear the word fringe. Overcoming the dated images of overly decorated Victorian interiors and Scarllet O’hara’s ballgown is no small task for any designer.
Today I will show you the many applications of when Fringe is your friend.
There are a few main kinds of Fringe:
Brush Fringe is typically 1- to 2 1/2-inches wide and has many strands of fibers extending from one bound edge. It resembles a soft brush, hence the name.
Brush fringe is a great way to add texture and interest in simplified applications.
Perfect for bedding and decorative pillows… even Christmas tree skirts!
Add a double run of Brush Fringe with a ribbon coordinate down the center for this great look:Brush Fringe is available in any color and can be trimmed and frayed at the edges for a less than perfect styling:
My clients know that I love a great metallic pop!
Brush Fringe is mixed perfectly in these amazing throw pillows:
Adding formality to any otherwise basic linen with a coordinating tone of Brush Fringe.
Brush Fringe is a great way elevate the importance of any particular decor item.
A simple Brush Fringe application translates well into leather work as well.
Popular uses for Brush Fringe in alternative decor appositeness from floor rugs installed as wall hangings, to on-trend banners
Bullion Fringe is typically long, 3 or more inches, and is one layer of fibers twisted together forming a single layer of fringe. You will see this luxurious fringe used as a skirt on a sofa or a footstool or along the leading edge of theater curtains.
A word of design advice: you have to be very careful using this medium. It leads to a very traditional commentary even in the most contemporary of applications.
Adding a bullion fringe to a tuxedo sofa that has a modern feel with angular lines; can give the sofa an air of femininity yet it still feels very modern.
Being aware to keep the balance of current and out-dated, these applications tend to be more successful due to their monochromatic color blocking.
Of course Bullion Fringe is also available in a mixed-color blend. Just be careful to tie in the colors throughout the room.
Tassel Fringe is named for its small tassels hanging along a braided edge; this is probably the most popular styling of the fringes due to is vast design patterns and applications.
A chic retreat:
Tassel Fringe is a perfect detail to bring the luxury of the indoors to the outdoors.
Ideal for traditional window treatments…
as well as a youthful finishing touch on in modern application.
From lamp shades…
to bed-skirts… love is in the details!
When it comes to bedding… the applications are endless.
Here is a great example of mixing Tassel Fringes in two different styles:
A subtle use of Tassel Fringe for this Sofa:
A not so subtle application for this throw pillow:
I am going to round out this post with mentions towards two other styles that I consider Fringe:
String Fringe is a simple as it’s names states… hanging strings of fabric fibers.
String Fringe is perfect for room dividers in small spaces where a small amount of transparency is needed.
And when applied correctly… creates dynamic light fixtures.
Waterfall is considered more of a sewing technique, but I would like to argue that it is just as much as a fabric fringe than any of these others. Waterfalling fabric is when you layer and serge several shorter layers of material over one-another in a cascading pattern.
Most popular for bed skirts, duvets, and curtains… It’s feminine style is one of my absolute favorites.
I am hoping that I converted all non-believers of the greatness of Fringe and all of it’s wonderful uses. My last comments that I will leave you with are there are moments where Fringe is not your friend.
Take a look: How not to use Fringe
If it is too matchy-matchy… color blocking and busy patterns are not your friend.
If it becomes Kitsch… there is never a need to carry your room trend into every aspect of the decor. Themed fringe is not your friend.
Although I do love the look of this rug, if the fringe creates a tripping point in a high traffic area, it is most definitely not your friend.
If it appears dingy and uninviting… please reupholster.
If it looks inexpensive and unnecessary. I am all for DIY projects, but there is not added design benefit to this application.
Keep it simple… and enjoy!
As always I hope that today’s post inspires you all to do great work,