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Home Decor Trends: Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim is yet another traditional design detail that is getting a lot of attention in this year’s lists of decor trends! A Better Homes and Gardens magazine article called What We Want in Our Homes: 2014 highlighted nailhead trim. They said: “It’s an ideal trend to embrace for larger investment pieces, such as upholstered chairs and sofas, because it’s timeless.”

Even though nailhead trim is especially fashionable now it is never really out of fashion, so you don’t have to worry about it looking dated in a few years. Nailhead trim is a classic detail that goes back 400 years.Antique French Hunting chairs

Nailheads were a practical way for European craftsmen to attach fabric or leather to the wooden furniture frame. For example, we’ve got this very rare set of antique French Hunting chairs from 1880 in the gallery. We have never seen embossed leather on a set of Hunting chairs before. But you can see that the beautifully embossed leather panels on the seat and back are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads.

Let’s have a look at some of the other nailhead trim furniture in our gallery, whether traditional or more contemporary or transitional in design!

Nailhead trim on leather sofaThis new Chesterfield leather daybed is hand-made to order in the USA by an American company we work with. As you can see, the top grain leather upholstery is accented by a beautiful nailhead trim that gives it a traditional feel. Each brass nail is hand-driven on this nicely crafted piece. Like all the other custom-made in the USA leather sofas from that company, the daybed is available in many leather colors.

Red Leather dining chair nailhead trimThe decorative nails on these newly crafted Cloister style leather dining chairs are also applied by hand. The nailhead trim serves to accent the sleek lines of the wine red leather panels. These Cloister style chairs remind me of medieval castles and churches!

It’s a specialist craft to apply the nails because they have to be perfectly spaced and you have to get it right first time to avoid damaging the upholstery. The small, family-owned company that makes these chairs employs craftsmen who know how to drive the nails by hand, of course.

Leather stool with nailhead trimBut if you are are trying to do a DIY project and you don’t have the carpentry or upholstery skills, then I know that you can buy faux nailhead trim by the yard. I would not recommend doing that to antique or high-quality furniture! Also, the faux nailhead doesn’t look as good as the real thing because you can see the strips joining the mock nails. But it might be a fun way to freshen up a cheaper piece of furniture.

This new leather stool certainly does NOT rely on faux nailhead by the yard! It is hand-crafted by Woodbridge Furniture Company and I wanted to show it to you because the nailhead trim is so integral to the design. The bold nails outline the sculptural oval back, almost acting as jewelry for the furniture.

Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardIf you need any more convincing that nailhead trim works across many styles of furniture, this fabulous Ambella Home sideboard from the Manhattan collection should do the trick. The angular demi-lune shaped sideboard boasts white leather-look upholstery on the doors, studded with nickel nailheads. Polished nickel ring door handles match the nailheads. The result is classic, high-end, and sophisticated, but with a little edge! The Ambella Home Manhattan collection also includes beds, dining chairs, and other furniture with this design, so ask us about it if you love the look as much as we do!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

2014 Trends: Elegant Gray Decor

Gray decor is apparently rocking the trends lists for 2014. I don’t think it was ever off-trend! As April is National Decorating Month we’ve all got an excuse to rethink our interiors. Maybe even try some new and creative decorating techniques.

Greg and I been working to get our drywall up in our 1920s bungalow renovation project. We also finally finished the HVAC a few weeks ago after interruptions with freak snowstorms! We’re not ready to think about finishing touches on the interiors yet. But if you plan to paint any rooms in your home, gray decor is a great way to go.

Gray Decor by Benjamin MooreGray is the new black, according to Realtor magazine’s 10 hottest home design trends for 2014. I also remember when gray was the new brown, and then the new white. Funny how gray can’t just be the old gray that we love already! The serene living room above features Benjamin Moore‘s Thunder color paint on the walls. It shows how beautifully gray works with natural materials. It’s a perfect match for wood, stone, and natural fabrics like linen.

FarrowBallGrayDecorThis gray decor in this classic and inviting living room is created with Farrow and Ball’s French Gray on the walls and London Stone trim. That French Gray tone was also popular in 19th century wallpapers.

Victorian Gray decor wallpaper

The Victorian style floral wallpaper in our Victorian Bed and Breakfast client spotlight is a great example.Our customers Kathy and Tim renovated a beautiful Victorian mansion in Walla Walla, Washington, and opened it as the Vine and Roses Bed & Breakfast. We helped them furnish it with antiques including this French Country dresser. The dresser looks fabulous against the gray wallpaper accented with vivid red flowers.
In Victorian times, gray decor was also often seen in entry halls, hallways and staircases. Supposedly the simple gray wouldn’t compete with the surrounding rooms. I suspect it held its own quite well!

Gray decor bedroom with furniture by Ambella Home

Gray decor is sophisticated and soothing in a bedroom too. Because gray is such a subtle tone it can take a lot of texture. The textured gray walls and patterned linens in this bedroom prove the point. Anyone who worries that gray will be too staid will be reassured by this elegantly exotic room, featuring the Ambella Home Castilian king bed and chest of drawers that we stock in the gallery.

French Provincial dining chairs for gray decorIf you don’t want to decorate completely in gray, a few gray accents still create the mood. This set of 6 new French Country dining chairs looks authentically rustic, but with a nod to contemporary color. Crafted in solid mahogany, the chairs have a soft gray wash finish to make them look well-loved and well-worn. The gray complements the natural color of the handwoven rush seating perfectly.

Do you have gray decor in your home? We’d love to hear what you like about it in the comments box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

2014 Trends: True Blue Decor

While reading about the latest interior design trends for 2014, I noticed that blue decor is hitting a lot of headlines! These aren’t shy and retiring shades of blue either, but true blue decor that makes a strong statement.

Dark Blue decorThis House Beautiful magazine slideshow of design trends says that navy blue will be big in 2014. Considering that people usually think of blue as a ‘cool’ color, this traditional living room still feels cozy and welcoming. I think that is because there is a lot of texture and detail in the space. The sofa is soft and inviting, with a nice variety of throw pillows scattered on it to tempt us in. The books also add visual interest and the wall sconces keep the lighting intimate.

Vintage Sideboard in its new Maryland home! EuroLuxAntiques.com

Seeing this room reminded me of a client spotlight from nearly a year ago. We shared this photo of Irene’s dining room in Maryland. Irene was clearly ahead of the trends! Or perhaps it’s just fair to say that classic style is always in fashion. Irene bought a vintage French Mid-Century Modern sideboard from us and placed it in her dining room. The dark blue decor looks so very elegant, and the Art Deco chandelier makes a stunning accent.

Antique French chairs for navy blue decorIf you’re looking for accessories for your blue decor, this set of six antique Mechelen chairs would look terrific in the dining room. They would also work as side chairs anywhere in the house. Carved in the Mechelen style in around 1900, the oak antique dining chairs from Belgium are crowned with handsome lion heads on the finials and a brass handle on the chair rails. The navy, gold, and cream upholstery has been relatively recently done and the classic stripe pattern is timelessly elegant.

Deep and saturated turquoise is another example of blue decor that’s topping the trend list this year according to Elle Decor magazine. I love the relaxed sea breeze feel of turquoise – it turns any room into an oasis.

Turquoise blue decor accent bookcaseEven if you don’t want to go all-over turquoise, a few turquoise accents can really lift a space. For example, this new Mediterranean bookcase will add a gorgeous pop of color. The distressed turquoise splatter finish on the solid oak bookcase makes it a great match for a French Country style interior or even for a cozy coastal cottage. With the turquoise detail on this bookcase, it really does feel like we’re relaxing in the south of France – a lazy sunny day image to beat the gray day blues!

Blue and White Delft

Antique Delftware always adds an airy dose of refreshing blue and white to a room, and if you group your pottery collection like this it looks even more fantastic! My post on Delftware ceramics tells you more about the history and various styles of these eternally appealing blue and white Delft treasures.

The color blue is most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence. I guess we can all see why true blue decor is top of the interior design charts for 2014!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.