Nail Head Trim Patterns

Something popped out at me on Pinterest the other day. Nail heads. Thankfully not physically because that might have hurt. But I did get hit with inspiration.

This is an innovative use of nail heads on a door. These images were uploaded to Pinterest and I’m not finding them anywhere else online, but I think they are from Ashley Hicks:

Nail heads on a door

Door with Nail Head Trim

From Ashley Hicks, similar brass nail head detailing:

Nail Head Detail via Ashley Hicks

These doors, again by Ashley Hicks, have coral handles and a scattering of upholstery nail heads in a circle shape – very creative use of the nails that reminds me of round Chinese door hardware:

Circle Scattering of Upholstery Nail Heads by Ashley Hicks

Nail heads become elegant on this leather dresser from Dalton Design Shop (sold, no longer available):

Upholstery Nail Heads on Leather Dresser

Nail heads add interesting detail to a side table here. This was done for $6 with thumb tacks! Can you believe? It’s true, it’s by Mad in Crafts and you can see the DIY at Décor Hacks:

Nailhead Side Table by Mad in Crafts

This festival of nail heads below inspired the above side table. It’s the Cabrillo Nailhead Chest from Bernhardt:

Cabrillo Nailhead Chest from Bernhardt

Here’s another Cabrillo nailhead dresser from Bernhardt, wrapped with linen:

Cabrillo Nailhead Dresser from Bernhardt

Cabrillo Nailhead and Linen Trim Chest from Bernhardt

Here’s a crazy gorgeous nail head trim pattern:

Nailhead Trim on Chest

It was photographed by Cottage and Vine at a furniture market a few years ago.

As you can see already, nail head trim can be so versatile – patterns made with nail heads can be contemporary, global/tribal or southwestern which is a natural for nailheads.

How about this piece of work?! I don’t mean piece of work in a bad way. But surely this must have been work to create. I don’t know the original source of this, but it looks like nail heads on leather:

Nail Head Pattern on Leather Door

Via House Beautiful, nail heads make a pattern on a limed oak headboard:

Nail Heads on Wood Headboard via House Beautiful

From the Room Divider Store, nail head trim makes a diamond pattern on faux leather (this could be good DIY too if you want a different pattern and color):

Nail Head Trim on Faux Leather Divider from Room Divider Store

By Aiveen Daly, all I can add is … wow:

Nail Head Trim on Door in Moroccan Pattern by Aiveen Daly

You don’t need a bazillion nail heads to have a good pattern. See this ottoman by Shine by S.H.O:

Nail Head Ottoman by Shine by S.H.O

Another simple example, nail head pattern on a sofa via studio|ten|25:

Nail Head Trim on Sofa via studio|ten|25

I have an old upholstered ottoman to refinish and this gives me the idea to try something like this:

Nail Head Trim Ottoman from Neiman Marcus

Apparently this ottoman was at Neiman Marcus for about $2300. Because I already have the ottoman with the bun feet, I could probably pull this off for under $100. It’s covered in 80s mauve cotton and would need new fabric.

How about add nail head trim to a wide frame around a mirror. You could wrap wood with any fabric and do this. This mirror was found by postmodern hostess at a sample sale:

Nail Head Mirror via Postmodern Hostess

From Kelly and Olive, simple pattern on a small table:

Simple Nail Head Trim Pattern

I may be late to the nail head trim party. But I honestly don’t worry too much about trends. I think what you create with the nail heads will determine whether what you do is timeless or trendy.

11 Replies to “Nail Head Trim Patterns”

  1. Love these. Thanks for sharing. I love the wooden trunk that has a more tribal feel (natch). I think some of those would be incredibly difficult to get exactly right. Not a DIY for the faint-of-heart.

  2. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! A little creativity births such a BIG statement! I am so inspired!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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