I am so glad to see that bullion fringe, a detail once thought to be stuffy and dated, is making a comeback. Bullion is a type of trim made with rope-like twists of thread, often silk, that outline upholstery and occasionally draperies. I have always felt that it gives a custom piece of furniture that extra bit of "oomph":
Because it is often used in more traditional applications, I love the quirk of seeing it on modern pieces, like Liv Tyler's mod purple sofa:
And the tight-backed swivel chair in Lilly Bunn's apartment:
Designer Philip Gorrivan used it on a contemporary club chair, which I would never think to do. I think this application is stretching it a bit, as I don't think this piece is refined enough for bullion to make sense. Nevertheless, I love that Phillip went for it, and the entire Toronto home is worth a look.
As I've blogged about before, Charlotte Lucas paired bullion with a quirky Quadrille fabric, and I love the pop of yellow tape to separate the two elements:
I LOVE the bullion fringe on this crushed velvet sofa designed by Sara Gilbrane. This shade of turquoise is probably my favorite color to decorate with, and I love the moth painting by artist Allyson Reynolds:
While bullion is usually seen on upholstery, I love seeing it used on curtains. Designer Alex Papachristidis uses it often on his draperies, and the result is gorgeous. These may be some of my favorite draperies ever spotted:
So what's your take? Do you like bullion or is it too traditional-feeling for you?