Ask Chrissie: How, When and Where To Use Trims In Interiors

Date Posted:6 June 2018 

Chrissie explains how to use trims such as braids, fringes and tassels in interior schemes to add detail and interest.

Q. How, When and Where To Use Trims In Interiors?

Chrissie: I’m very fond of trims and often use them in interior schemes to add detail and interest. Here I explain how, when and where to make the most of braids, fringes and tassels:

Trims On Curtains

Trims always go down the leading edge of curtains and often along the base or hem. Although often associated with more traditional curtains, trims can also be used on curtains in a contemporary interior. Achieve this look by using a neutral trim such as No Chintz’s “Link Braid” in White/Linen back on a natural linen fabric.

No Chintz curtain trim with frayed edge

This curtain uses a clever combination of Ric Rac, zig zag stitching and frayed edges.

If you’re looking to create a more traditional look, try using a fan edge trim or fringe or both.

No Chintz Custom Curtains with ruche and fan edge fringe

Curtains made using 'China Tea Blockprint' fabric with ruche and fan edge fringe.

Pelmets provide another opportunity to add a trim. For a more tailored look, try using a wide braid like our “Railway Braid” or for a lux look attach a heavy bullion fringe that falls below the base of the pelmet.

Trims on Blinds

Blinds, especially Romans, can be given the “wow” factor just by adding a row or two of trim. Flat braids work best down the sides of a blind, set in a few centimetres from the edge.

No Chintz Blind Trims

Roman blinds with striped ribbon trim.

For a more deluxe look, our No Chintz “Box Fringe” which is 13.5cm deep, looks stunning along the base of a Roman blind. In this case, the fringe should hang below the bottom of the blind.

Ikat Roman Blind with Linen Fringe and Braid Trim

No Chintz "Cashew Nut Love Ikat Fabric col. Ink/Taupe" with "Linen Box Fringe" and "Pretty Braid col. Navy"

Trims work best on the base of Roller blinds. A Pom Pom fringe gives a touch of fun, especially in children’s rooms.

No Chintz Roman Blind with Bullion Fringe Trim

Swag Roman blind with bullion fringe on the base.

Trims On Cushions

You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to trimming cushions. From a single pom pom at each corner to multiple rows of poms poms sewn into all four edges, don’t hold back!

No Chintz Cushions with pom pom trim

There’s many ways to trim a cushion.

Wider ribbons or braids can be used in the wall of a cushion and rectangular shaped cushions can be trimmed on the narrow ends only. You can also add trim to the face of a cushion to create contrasting panels. Try using more than one trim in the seams of your cushion. We often use two to three layers of our Fancy Block Fringe in different colours to make a truly special cushion.

No Chintz Cushion range
Mix piped, non-piped and trimmed cushions for a more eclectic look.

For more trims, head in store or view our range online here.

Comments (1)

Love your work

By: on 14 June 2018
Hi Chrissy I have just read and article in the Australian woman’s weekly about your home, this lead me to your website. You have totally inspired me with your choice of colour and fabric combinations. I have soft grey walls throughout our home in Karaka, New Zealand, I feel it lacks excitement and personality, not truely reflecting the artist I am and my love for colour and textures. I am glueing the article into my inspiration workbook to refer to as I make decisions for my own home. In particular I love you paint colours - may I ask what the green paint colour is ? And the beautiful teal ? In fact I would love to know all the colours in the magazine article. Now I have your website I will be looking to buy some fabrics from you. Thanks for being wonderful. Kind regards Melanie Arnold.

No Chintz Response
Hi Melanie, thank you so much taking the time to leave this lovely comment and for your kind words. We can definitely let you know the answers to those questions in an upcoming blog post where I will share the paint colours and details of the other furnishings in my home - stay tuned! Many thanks, Chrissie

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