Fringe Benefits

Annie Sloane cushions with fringing

Fashion is flirting with fringing at the moment, with these swishy edgings appearing on everything from jewellery and bags to many styles of clothing. It provides a perfect antidote to structure and formality by adding movement and a carefree, slightly Bohemian feel. The interiors world is also following suit with some fantastic products that feature fringing made from silk, linen, wool and cotton – metals aren’t missing out on the fun either, with some fabulous pieces of statement lighting adorned with long metallic fronds. If Bohemian isn’t your thing, the selection of refined and elegant products we have also included will show you just how versatile frayed, tasselled and fringed homewares can be.

Catalina woven wall art, £228, AnthropologieCatalina woven wall art, £228, Anthropologie

This style of wall hanging brings to mind tasselled earrings and necklaces and so I like to think of it as ‘wall jewellery’. This particular hanging was woven on a handloom, before being knotted by hand and finished with long tassels. The piece is rich with texture and heritage, and would add a striking statement to a wall.

Silver Chain long chandelier, from £3,732, Tigermoth LightingSilver Chain long chandelier, from £3,732, Tigermoth Lighting

Here, delicate lengths of chain have been grouped in tiers to create a gorgeous fringing effect. With its understated glamour, this piece would be stunning in a lofty hallway. Take a look at Tigermoth Lighting’s full collection of lighting, which includes other fringed designs to suit a range of spaces.

Fine Italian wool fringe, £3.85 per metre, MacCulloch & WallisFine Italian wool fringe, £3.85 per metre, MacCulloch & Wallis

This woollen trim would add an elegant touch to cushions and throws. I love the pairing shown here: a classical style of fringing combined with a herringbone fabric – a refined look that would particularly suit a country home.

Fringed Danish hammock, £135, The Forest & Co at notonthehighstreet.comFringed Danish hammock, £135, The Forest & Co at notonthehighstreet.com

Carefree days in the garden or at a sunny beach call for a hammock: this one from The Forest & Co, with its Bohemian style, earthy palette and open fringed-netting would fit the bill nicely.

Coloured Linens fabric in Aubusson & Provence, linen/cotton, 137cm wide, £29.95 per metre, Annie SloanColoured Linens fabric in Aubusson & Provence, linen/cotton, 137cm wide, £29.95 per metre, Annie Sloan

Whilst Annie Sloan is undoubtedly best known for her Chalk Paint range, she also has a gorgeous collection of plain and printed linens in a delicious palette of colours. Her Coloured Linens fabrics have different coloured warp and weft threads, making them a great choice if you wish to create your own fringing. This chair has been upholstered using one of these linen fabrics and finished with a fringed edging created by fraying a section of the upholstery fabric (the lead image shows further examples where this technique has been used). If you’d like to have a go yourself, step-by-step instructions can be found here on the Annie Sloan website.

Tassel cushion in Midnight Blue, £125, One Nine Eight Five at HealsTassel cushion in Midnight Blue, £125, One Nine Eight Five at Heals

I love using deep blues and greens in partnership with each other and this shot from Heals shows how they sit so beautifully together. When using tonally similar colours, playing with textures can create additional depth and interest – here, smooth wools contrast with chunkier weaves, fine embroidery and the glamorous silky strands of the blue cushion.

Blue Fringe pouffe, £95, French ConnectionBlue Fringe pouffe, £95, French Connection

This fringed pouffe is an easy way to add some colour, texture and subtle pattern to any room. When browsing the current French Connection range, I have come across a number of attractive pieces that tempt me – if you are thinking of a room refresh, their collection is definitely worth a closer look.

Langdon rectangular Tan fringe cushion cover, £52, Wanderlust WaresLangdon rectangular fringe cushion cover in Tan, £52, Wanderlust Wares

Handwoven by artisans in Rajasthan using traditional techniques, this long textural cushion would look fabulous in the centre of a sofa or placed upon a bed. Note the mix of colours, textures and prints which give this room a carefree feel that wouldn’t look out of place in an Ibizan villa.

Blush textile wall hanging, £88, AudenzaBlush textile wall hanging, £84, Audenza

The gradated use of colour, from blush pink through to grey and then cream is particularly lovely. This hanging would sit well against both gentle, chalky paint colours and darker, muddier shades.

Woven Edna square cushion, £78, AnthropologieWoven Edna square cushion, £78, Anthropologie

With masses of texture and a striking palette of charcoal grey, chalky white and vibrant orange, this range of cushions has so much boho-charm. 

Lilia woven seagrass baskets with tassels, £103.50 for a set of two; Jute and cotton woven rug with graphic motifs, £286.50; both Maisons du MondeLilia woven seagrass baskets with tassels, £103.50 for a set of two; Jute and cotton woven rug with graphic motifs, £286.50; both Maisons du Monde

Baskets that feature pom-poms and fringed tassels…what’s not to love? Whilst looking stylish in the corner of a room, they’ll also provide ample storage for knick-knacks in a bedroom or sitting room.

Frayed edge linen tablecloth, £66, Rowen & WrenFrayed edge linen tablecloth, £66, Rowen & Wren

If you want your fringing to whisper, rather than shout, then this understated tablecloth would look beautiful in almost any setting; its natural colour makes it a good backdrop for building up a pleasing table-scape of crockery, glassware and flowers.

Over the coming months, as the catwalk trends continue to influence what we see appearing on the high-street, you’ll see many different types of fringing being used in product design, including homewares. I love the versatility of fringing: it can feel Bohemian, glamorous or rustic, depending on how it is used. I particularly enjoy the way that textural fringed products can immediately add an extra layer of interest in a room. I hope you too will enjoy exploring the creative possibilities that fringing can bring to room schemes.

With thanks to Annie Sloan for kindly allowing us to use their photograph as the lead image.

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