Everything You Need to Know About Passementerie

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If you love transitional design with hints of crafty, artistic appeal, then you’re going to enjoy decorating with Passementerie.

Pronounced “pass-mon-tree,” this decorative edging looks lovely on everything from curtains to pillow shams. Here’s a closer look.

What is passementerie?

Put simply, passementerie is trim. It comes in a lot of different varieties, from woven strips, to braids, to fringe. Its origins are found in 18th century France, when it was used to adorn posh clothing and home decor. Today’s passementerie has been influenced by other cultures, such as those of Italy and Japan.

Often, passementerie is used for looks only. Sewn around the edges of items like lampshades, pillows, and drapes, it calls attention to these items and also adds an element of texture.

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This contrast in texture makes passementerie a lovely choice in a transitional interior design. Sometimes, passementerie serves a functional purpose, such as creating a curtain tieback.

What are some tips for designing with passementerie?

When designing, first decide how bold of a look you want to create. For a more subtle design, stick with tone-on-tone elements, but with passemeterie that’s a different texture than the main item.

For instance, caramel-brown linen drapes with a caramel-brown, velvet braid around the edge add subtle variation to a space. For a bolder look, choose items with multi-colored passementerie, such as cream throw pillows with a beaded, woven trim in red, orange and yellow.

Also, decide if you want a more rustic look or a more modern, artistic one. Leather, suede and canvas passementerie are more rustic, while beaded, metallic or silky designs are more upscale and modern.

For help integrating passementerie into your transitional living space, contact Chrisicos Interiors at 617-699-9462.