Keep these four tips in mind:
1. Choose a Color
You can decide to use the same fabric as the drapes to create a tieback, but you can also opt for an accent color or a patterned fabric with a solid accent. When pairing a patterned and solid fabric, pick a complementary hue from the patterned fabric. Embellish solid colors with a deeper shad, or if you are daring, an eye-catching contrasting color.
2. Check Workmanship on Tassels & Trimmings
You will find that tassels are available in a wide range of prices from $2 to $70. Hand-made items are often more expensive, but quality is a big factor in price as well. Look to see if the thread used is evenly dyed and consistently smooth in appearance. High-quality pieces should have no visible glue, loose threads or breaks in length.
3. Consider Scale & Proportion
Don’t accent powerful drapes with an insignificantly sized rosette, and don’t overwhelm cafe curtains with an oversized braid when a 1/2-inch border ribbon will do. Use trim to emphasize shape or to bring visual weight to the window space.
4. Less Is More.
Ornamentation should reflect the style of the drapes and the room it decorates. Add flair slowly and precisely so that you do not overwhelm the drapes or the room. It’s an accent, not the focal point.