Well, who would have thought it? Something so functional and once rarely used in unpredictable ways is destined to be one of the hottest home furnishing trends for 2013.

More home decor trends

Other 2013 trends from sources, including High Point Market and www.houzz.com include:Accents: Cameos in unexpected places and feathers, as embellishment on furnishings and in place of flowers.Color: Jewel tones, including sapphire, sometimes called “marine,” painted on furniture.Fabrics: Marbled and ribboned patterns, and Suzani and other tribal prints, plus images of animals such as elephants.Furniture: Wood pieces wrapped in leather, linen and grasscloth (often accented with nailheads).Metal and metal finishes: Metal furniture with gold finishes and gold fix- tures throughout the home.Walls: Big, bold and graphic wallpaper.


They are holding their own against Pantone’s recently named 2013 color of the year, emerald green, and sister jewel tones such as amethyst, ruby and topaz. While trends such as fabric featuring elephants, feather accessories and gold tones throughout the house have their places, nailheads are really big.

A search for “nailhead detail” on www.houzz.com, a popular website for those interested in home design, turns up more than 46,000 images. Jewelry boxes, mirrors, doors, picture frames and bulletin boards are just a few of the items unexpectedly sporting nailheads.

Nailheads are today’s “accent of choice” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance. “The industry’s top designers have embraced this as the new ‘on-trend’ embellishment and used it to distinguish their latest introductions,” she says.

Hirschhaut says the nailhead accents are used in contemporary as well as traditional upholstery styles and to create patterns as well as outlines on many new wood collections.

Among several pieces singled out by Hirschhaut is the “mum” accent table created through a partnership between HGTV and Bassett Furniture that features a detailed mum. The flower design is created by using nailheads. The nailheads on the table, due out this spring, add shimmer and bling to a room.

Leigh McAlpin, owner of Dwelling on King Street, says the unconventional uses of nailhead accents are being well-received. McAlpin and others say nailheads are available in antique brass, polished brass and pewter. Nailheads also come in round, square and rectangular shapes.

Add to that the various textures and designs that nailheads bear and the possibilities are limitless, experts say.

“You can upholster a whole wall with fabric and run nailheads where the seams meet,” McAlpin says. An expanse of oatmeal or red linen on a wall would look great, she says. It’s not necessary to pad a wall before upholstering it, something expected in the past.

“Traditionally, nailheads might be small, but to make a bolder statement, you can go with larger scale nailheads, and that adds a bit of drama. Another fun way to use nailheads is to apply it with ribbon trim for a pop of color on furniture. You can apply a vertical strip of wide grosgrain ribbon with nailheads and it looks stunning.

“On furniture, they can be used to highlight details of a piece,” she says. “If a sofa is floating in the middle of the room, you can use nailheads up and over across the back to outline the piece.

“They can be used to dress up a piece or dress down a piece. You don’t have to follow the rules so much.”

Flat nailheads, not the domed-shaped ones of more recent times, often were used by upholsterers working with leather, a look that also is making a comeback, McAlpin says.

Rebecca Hawkins, assistant buyer at Celadon Home on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, says wood pieces wrapped in burlap and accented with nailheads are one thing her customers are taking to. All kinds of upholstered pieces with nailhead trim are growing in popularity as well, she says.

Hawkins says a handmade bench upholstered with slubby linen and accented with nailheads provides an interesting juxtaposition of something natural that is sophisticated and a bit rough.

Upholstered headboards that incorporate nailhead detail into the design are popular, too, Hawkins says. The nailheads complement a variety of fabrics very well, she says. Combining a cream-colored velvet headboard with antique brass nailheads is an attractive look, she says.

“The nailheads add an extra layer of pattern and texture to a piece that makes it more interesting,” Hawkins says. “When nailheads are used in unexpected ways, they elevate something that is attractive and functional to something with a sense of art.”

Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.