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How to Decorate with Tassels and Tiebacks

How to Decorate with Tassels and Tiebacks
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Never underestimate the decorative powers of a tassel. Whether accenting a doorknob or dressing up a table lamp, tassels and tiebacks are those little details that really bring a room together—no wonder they’ve been part of the decorator’s arsenal for decades. And they’re not just for the traditionalist. Our brand-new tassels and tiebacks feature unexpected details (think pom-poms and chunky acrylic beads) and fresh hues—and you’ll find these exclusive designs only here. Read on for our favorite ways to use them.

The chair tassel is a classic decorator detail that’s poised for a comeback. Here, instead of a single large tassel, we used a bold tieback to dress up a clean-lined dining chair—the three tonal tiers and the acrylic beads add a touch of modern glamour.
 

The chair tassel is a classic decorator detail that’s poised for a comeback. Here, instead of a single large tassel, we used a bold tieback to dress up a clean-lined dining chair—the three tonal tiers and the acrylic beads add a touch of modern glamour.

 

The Chair Tassel

It’s time to rethink this hallmark of traditional dining-room decor. While once spotted in only the most formal of spaces, chair tassels can feel right at home in more laid-back rooms too. They’re perfect for adding color to an otherwise-neutral set of chairs or bringing a dash of festive flair to your dinner-party decor. We especially love to use chair tassels during the holiday season—they can make any meal feel like an occasion (even if you’re ordering takeout!).

Try doubling up for a layered look. Here, two key tassels—one knotted, one beaded—add some playful texture to a ceramic table lamp.

Try doubling up for a layered look. Here, two key tassels—one knotted, one beaded—add some playful texture to a ceramic table lamp.

The Key Tassel

The most versatile tassel type is also the easiest to use—the key tassel can go anywhere that needs a dash of fun, color, and movement. Hang one from a drawer-pull on your nightstand, use it to adorn a doorknob, or loop it through a vintage skeleton key and display it on the coffee table.

You could even use a key tassel to dress up a present: Tie it onto a wrapped package or loop it around a bottle of wine for an extra-chic hostess gift.

Adorned with pom-poms in range of blue hues, this drapery tieback gives simple sheers a playful kick.

Adorned with pom-poms in range of blue hues, this drapery tieback gives simple sheers a playful kick.

The Curtain Tieback Two Ways

Like the chair tassel, the curtain tieback has a reputation for grandeur and formality. But these classic drapery accessories can have a playful side too. Finished with multitier tassels, tonal pom-poms, and sleek acrylic beads, our modern interpretations are more fun than fussy—and can really dress up a standard set of curtains.

Curtain tiebacks are also ripe for reinterpretation. Our rope tiebacks have a pared-down design that makes them wonderfully versatile: Looped onto wall hooks, they can be used to to hang up hand towels, scarves, or lightweight throws.

Looped around a set of boat cleats, a rope tieback becomes a nautical-chic towel bar.

Looped around a set of boat cleats, a rope tieback becomes a nautical-chic towel bar.

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