HIGH POINT, N.C. – Once reserved for manly leather chairs and sofas, nailhead trim is enjoying a sudden surge in popularity. This timeless, classic accent has never been more popular, and it’s showing up in unexpected places. No longer limited to leather or even upholstery, nailhead trim is popping up in places where it’s seldom seen – like wood furniture.
At the recent home furnishings market in High Point, N.C., where thousands of new styles and designs of furnishings are introduced each April and October, nailhead trim had migrated from sofas, chairs and chaises to consoles, chests, and buffets. It was the accent of choice for new upholstery styles – both traditional and contemporary – as well as for many new wood collections. Used as an outline, it attracts attention and directs the eye around the perimeter of a piece, highlighting its silhouette and design features. Used in a pattern rather than a straight line, it becomes a textural element that “accessorizes” a traditional table, chest or console, creating unique pieces destined to be the focal point of any room.
“We’re excited to see the creative use of nailhead trim on wood furnishings,” 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.”
Hooker Furniture employed nailhead trim in many of its new wood accent furnishings for 2013. Consoles and chests use nailhead to outline bold curves and add artful, embroidery-inspired patterns. In the rustic Spanish Alicante collection, Hooker uses various sizes of burnished nailheads to add drama to the grandly-scaled buffet, dining table and living room table.
Nailhead trim brings sophistication and detailing to the Muse Cabinet from Hickory Chair. Covered in fabric from Hable Construction, a boutique fabric design company based in New York, the tall, narrow cabinet is distinguished by its nailhead outline. Upholstery introductions from nearly all of the company’s top designers feature nailhead trim in a more traditional role.
On the other hand, there is nothing traditional about the role of nailheads in Magnussen Home’s new high-style Onyx bedroom collection inspired by the pages of international fashion
magazines. It features crocodile-embossed leather, chrome-plated nickel nailheads, crystal hardware and triple-gloss India Ink lacquer.
Equally unconventional is the remarkably detailed Mum accent table, one of several new “eye candy” pieces added to the HGTV HOME Furniture collection. The first furniture groups from this licensed collaboration with Bassett furniture have been arriving in retail stores throughout the fall. The new accents won’t be available until spring, but are “designed to make homeowners’ decorating updates amazingly easy.” The Mum table adds shimmer and “bling” to a room with its nailhead flower power.
Nailhead trim outlined many of Taylor King’s new “classically transitional” sofas and chairs this fall. Tanya Comer, director of marketing for the Taylorsville, N.C., upholstery company, says nails have
Source: American Home Furnishings
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