Lately, it seems as if decorative nailheads have flooded the furniture marketplace. I happen to love them, but not everyone does. What is the purpose of these little knobs aka upholstery tacks? They are both utilitarian (they attach the fabric and padding to the piece) and simply decorative.
In my opinion, they add that custom feel to any upholstered item they are applied to. Especially when the fabric being used is simple and/or solid. You can choose shiny or brushed nickel (more modern), brass (more traditional) or even bronze (more rustic). Apply them close together for a more tailored appearance or space them apart for a bit more whimsy. Or choose humongous ones, as I did on Anna’s headboard for a statement. If you notice, the teeny tiny ones are even more industrial/retro– they give off that vintage vibe. You can create a pattern with them– which is fun, but slightly trendy. Or do a double row. Or a top row and a bottom row.
Apply them to the front edges and the sides, or just one. You decide. No rules. These days, almost all custom upholstery gives you the option of adding nails, and some come standard. Find them in stores, too. Are you a fan?