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.
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.
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.
A velvet sofa in Bilhuber’s NYC apartment:
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?