One fairly easy way to customize the look of a piece of furniture is to add a contrast welt. This is not a new idea by any means, but I am always amazed at how old techniques can take on a new, fresh look as design trends evolve. Back in my grandmothers day, a welt was known as piping and more often was just a simple band of cording to outline a pice of furniture or pillow but was typically done from the same material as the rest of the piece (self welt). We still use self welt quite often, but there is something so striking about having a contrasting outline to a piece of furniture to just make things look crisp and modern.
Contrast welts can be added to pillows, bed skirts, even upholstered walls. Great interior design, really any kind of design, depends on paying attention to details. Adding just the right extra touch to take a design from ordinary and turning it into a show stopper.
This is a great example showing how a contrast welt can make even a simple neutral design stand out.I love those triple-decker built-in bunks in the back of this shot.... I can just imagine a couple kids fighting over who gets to sleep in the top one.