Add a Metallic Edge with Nailhead Trim
See what a line of studs or nailheads can do to upholstery, wood furniture, doors and more
Shawn Gauthier February 11, 2012
I'm a freelance writer and design enthusiast who believes the best design is collected, not decorated, and that homes should always be as comfortable and functional as they are chic. In addition to writing for Houzz, I work as the Head Copywriter for Layla Grayce and Zinc Door.
I'm a freelance writer and design enthusiast who believes the best design is collected,... More
Last fall, trendspotters noticed the resurgence of nailhead trim, a classic detailing technique. Sure enough, it has made its presence known on a variety of pieces seen in the marketplace since. Nailhead trim accents pieces with an urban, edgy flair, lending a masculine touch to anything from an antique tufted sofa to a contemporary ottoman. And a handy DIYer can add nail-head trim to existing upholstered pieces without too much trouble. If you’re thinking about adding a little metallic trim to your upholstery or accessories, check out the following ideas.
Sofas are great pieces to accessorize with nailhead trim. You add it along the arms, along the top or as a concentrated accent along the bottom. The mix of soft, cream tufts with nailhead trim gives this antique sofa a unique attitude.
Chairs generally provide a compelling accent to a kitchen table, but the additional detail around the edge will make the table’s visual appeal that much more enticing.
Contemporary ottomans receive a twist with a nailhead trim around the top and bottom.
Nailhead trim gives a zebra-print ottoman a finishing detail.
The nailhead trim on these Baker coffee tables accentuates the unique shape of the legs.
Oversized nailheads give these chairs a contemporary twist.
Lining silver-tone nailhead trim around a chair with dark upholstery results in a modern contrast that feels both chic and masculine.
Don’t feel like there are any rules you have to follow when applying nailhead trims to chairs. Change up the design by doing two lines at the top of the chair.
Have a headboard that could use a punch? Consider following its natural line with nailhead detailing for dimension and interest.
Hightlight the unique construction of a headboard by lining nailhead trimming down the side.
Don’t forget a bedside table. If you feel like yours could use an upgrade, it may be time to apply the nailheads.
You can make nailhead trim as simple or as extravagant as you choose. This console takes it a step further with extra detailing.
Have a chest of drawers or cabinetry that could use some spice? Provide it with a unique nailhead design and it will be anything but a bore.
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Feel free to take nailheads out of their upholstery comfort zone as well. What an incredibly chic application on these front doors!
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