Scarves Have Interior Design All Wrapped Up

The style and home design worlds have a long tradition of overlap — should you find a trend on the runway, chances are it’ll show up in interiors within six months. So it’s only natural that scarves have made the leap from neckwear to wall art, window coverings and much more.

These closet staples have a lot going for them: Not only do they arrive in a head-spinning spectrum of colors and patterns, but they’re versatile, easy to work with and, for the most part, quite affordable. Stitch them in a table runner, compile them in a quilt, tie them around a vase — the possibilities are limitless. Here are eight ideas.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

This casually knotted scarf is the trendiest option I’ve ever seen into the much-maligned chandelier chain cover.

Gabriele Pizzale Design Inc..

Some could be aghast at the thought of framing an Hermès scarf rather than wearing it. I say, why not put its beauty on full screen rather than stashing it in your closet? These stunners are works of art, and they deserve pride of place.

Pure decadence: Hermès scarves line the window panels of those closet doors. Obviously, you do not need to splurge on expensive scarves to replicate this appearance — inexpensive ones from a thrift store or a vintage shop can get the job done just as well (and it won’t be painful to cut them to size).

Shannon Malone

This long, narrow scarf, sheer enough to allow light through, makes a beautiful alternative to a traditional window treatment.

Vintage Renewal

Vintage scarves are simple to turn into one-of-a-kind pillow covers. Select two contrasting but complementary styles for front and rear, and you’ll have a reversible pillow which you can turn around when you are ready for a change.

Vintage Renewal

Strips of scarf cloth dress the rear of a reupholstered drafting chair, giving a feminine touch to this hardworking space.

Laura Trevey

Colorful scarves from Belize, framed and flanking a classic portrait, seem totally unexpected in this ultratraditional dining area.


Thomas Paul Extra-Long 100 Percent Wool Foo Dogs Scarf – $149

This extra-long scarf will be ideal as a table runner in an eclectic dining area.

Design Darling

27-Inch Framed Vintage Silk Scarf – $225

No opportunity to get into the frame shop? This locate comes framed and ready to hang.

Serena & Lily

Cobalt Scarf Print Outdoor Pillow – $39.99

A scarf-print outdoor pillow expands neckwear style to your patio.

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