The Art of Darkness

Gossamer: Instant Atmosphere

September 14th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Purple Ivy GossamerHere’s a lightning-fast way to add tons of opulence, decadence, and many other words that end with -ence to a room without spending a lot of time or losing your damage deposit.

Gossamer is a lightweight, sheer, gauzy fabric that can be purchased cheaply in large bolts. It drapes and swags beautifully, and makes wonderful flowing bows. You can layer it for deeper, more opaque colors, or use a single layer for a sheer, wispy look.

Wrap it around columns, chairs, and banisters. Swag it from an inexpensive curtain rod for an interesting window treatment. Hot-glue it over plain white lampshades. It can also be hung from walls or ceilings: Britta transforms her entire house into a castle every Halloween with the help of gossamer.

Look for it at fabric stores, party supply stores and prom suppliers. You should be able to find deals after prom season and after Halloween.

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