Adding Polished Sophistication with Tape Trim

The lovely Naomi is back with some amazing examples of how tape trim can be used. — Meg

tape trim

While everyone else and their mother is posting about holiday decor right now, my mind has already jumped ahead to January. You see in January I finally get to move into my cottage I’ve been renovating and I will get to work on the fun stuff: Decorating.  With a budget that has been fully blown on things like hardwood floors, central air, plumbing and fancy new wiring, I will be working with very little to fill in the finishing touches.  I plan to rely heavily on my favorite decorating “trick,” tape trim, to add tailored sophistication to my home. (Photo above via Lee W. Robinson)

Tape trim, or grosgrain ribbon, can be applied to just about any surface to add definition.  It can be solid and simple, shaped into a Chinois Key or another type of geometric pattern, or be patterned itself (greek key, etc.). I LOVE to use it on roman shades and pillows for clients. For my own home, I plan to DIY myself some curtains and lampshades.  After doing some research for this round up, I may need to add some trim to my skirted sofa!

Here are some great examples how to use this trim.  Which look is your favorite?


upholstryErin Feasby/Style at Home

upholstry2Cassandra Lavalle/Rue

upholstrySouthern Living/Ashley Whittaker



pillowsCristi Holcombe / Erin Feasby via Style at Home / Grant K Gibson

pillow5Black & Poole



windowDesign Manifest

window3Diane Bergeron

window1Mona Ross Berman

window4Tamara Kaye Honey



windowMona Ross Berman

everything4MMR Interiors

everything22Hillary Scurtis / Lee W Robison via Habitually Chic

If you enjoyed this post, you will probably love Naomi’s post about how to layer antiques. Also, she took me around Philadelphia for a My City.