Bullion Fringe

In the past 20 years or so, bullion fringe has gotten a bad rap. Most associate it with chintzy, overdone rooms that were popular in the 1980’s. But, it has steadily been making a comeback in recent years, and many of our favorite decorators are using it again in ways that feel fresh and chic and not at all granny-esque. Below left, Martyn Lawrence Bullard attaches a bullion fringe to a heavenly blue ottoman in one of his living rooms. One rule of thumb for bullion is this: make sure the size of the bullion fits the scale of the piece of furniture you are applying it to. Bullion that’s too small will end up looking dinky.
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NYC interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber loves to use bullion fringe on sofas and chairs and he finds a place for it whether decorating in the city or country.
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Below, the cream bullion attached to this sofa is the little extra bit of flair that takes it up a notch. Warning though: use bullion fringe with caution. These days it’s a lot like using chintz successfully–you’ve got to make sure you mix it up with other more modern, eclectic elements.
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A velvet sofa in Bilhuber’s NYC apartment:
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The more modern decorating firm Carrier & Company also finds a way to use bullion fringe, like in this elegant bedroom, below. carrier-and-coOther ways to use bullion fringe? It was common at one time to use it on curtains, though that application has failed to make a come back. We like the way it looks on a table skirt in a formal living room or entry hall. What do you think about bullion fringe? Would you put it in your house?