They are a great way to add a bespoke touch to plain fabrics and tie window treatments and soft furnishings into your overall colour scheme.
So, if you’d like to add a little texture or contrast colour to your décor or you’re looking for an eye-catching feature, here are my favourite projects involving trims and braids of all kinds for your inspiration.
London blinds with contrast pleats, piping & tassel trim
When designing these London blinds for a country house near St Andrews, we decided to complement the embroidered linen with contrast pleats, piping and a tassel trimming to tie it in with the existing wallpaper.
The trims underline the softer, billowy look of the London blinds and the tassels catch the light beautifully at the bottom edge of the blinds.
What the client says (Ms KJ, St Andrews)
“The London blinds are so pretty. The tassel trim is very tactile and finishes off the edge of the blinds perfectly.”
Leather tiebacks for a Fife gentleman’s bedroom
When this client was looking for dress curtains for his bedroom but was worried about keeping as much light in the room as possible, tiebacks were the obvious solution.
To hold the curtains back from the windows and flood the room with light, we selected knotted leather tiebacks that go perfectly with the wool plaid fabric we chose for the curtains. It certainly reminded me of a kilt with belt and sporran!
What the client says (JH, Fife)
“The leather tiebacks are a great idea! I’d always assumed tiebacks were frilly things, but these are perfect.”
Pom poms and curtain pole for a teenager’s bedroom in Fife
How do you design a young girl’s room so it’s fit to take her through her teenage years? To solve this particular puzzle, we decided to go for a neutral linen fabric with soft pink and white embroidery for the curtains.
This way it fits a number of styles and is sophisticated enough to stay in place if the room becomes a guest bedroom in the future.
To tie the whole scheme together, we added pom poms to the leading edges of the curtains, a silver-grey curtain pole and a bespoke pendant lampshade in the same fabric with a narrow braid trim around the edges.
What the client says (Mrs CM, Fife)
“You made the curtains for us 2 years ago and our daughter still thinks everything is lovely – which is a great result!”
Braids and borders for curtains and blinds
There are, of course, a lot more ways to elevate a plain fabric to the next level, like contrast or braid borders reflecting the main colour used in the room.
Borders also have the added benefit of making the blind wider which is particularly useful if your patterned fabric is just not quite wide enough to fit the window.
Another useful tip is to protect your silk curtains by adding a contrast border in faux silk. This will prevent the leading edge from rotting over time due to sun damage.