How to Display Scarves

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Scarves are useful accessories that can be used for warmth against the winter chill or as a style statement when tied to the handle of a woman's handbag, a fad that originated with fashion icon Barbara "Babe" Paley. Many scarf fanciers enjoy displaying their prizes from fashion houses like Hermes and Lanvin. From tying colorful scarves around throw plain pillows or draping them on tables or pianos and using long scarves, particularly those with ends finished with fringe, displayed as a window treatment, there are numerous ways to showcase these favorite works of art.

Things You'll Need

  • Scarves
  • Drapery clip rings
  • Wood or metal drapery poles
  • Cordless drill
  • Throw pillows
  • Table or piano
  • Figurine or cache pot
  • Leather-bound book
  • Attach drapery clip rings to one end of sheer scarves of sufficient length to hang on a decorative pole as side panels to frame a window opening. Attach additional clips to both ends of scarves and swag them on the pole between the side panels to complete the treatment. This is also an intriguing way to veil a doorway to a bedroom or dressing room. Fringed scarves are particularly effective and clip rings are easily removed to wear the scarf.

  • Tie scarves that complement the color scheme on plain throw pillows. Consider lace scarves over pale satin for a boudoir or textured tweed tied artfully on canvas or Haitian cotton pillows for the living room or den. Alternatively, make a throw pillow using the center portion of a scarf as one side of the pillowcase, allowing the edges of the scarf to fall freely from the seam as a "ruffle."

  • Drape an interesting scarf of decor-appropriate design and color over a portion of a tabletop, piano or mantelpiece and anchor it with a figurine, beautifully bound book or cache pot with a plant or potpourri.

  • Place a long scarf with a motif to suit the occasion as a dining table runner and background for candlesticks and a centerpiece for holiday meals.

  • Center a square scarf on a plain bedspread with points toward the sides of the mattress or drape a longer scarf across the foot of the bed.

References

  • "Decorating Magic; 500 Clever Tricks with 50 Easy-to-Find Items"; Vanessa-Ann; 1998
  • "Style: Always Gracious, Sometimes Irreverent"; Kate Spade, Ruth A. Peltason, Julia E. Leach; 2004
  • "The Impatient Decorator: 201 Shortcuts to a Beautiful Home"; Glenna Morton; 2003
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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