Don't feel bad if you've never heard of clavos. Most people have seen them many times, but just don't know the technical term for them. Essentially, clavos is a Spanish word meaning "nails" and is used in English to describe rustic or decorative nails that adorn large front doors or gates. These nails are quite different from the decorative ones that are used in building furniture; they are much sturdier and usually have a substantially larger head. So if you are in the market for uniquely beautiful accents for your new door or gate, take a look below at how you can go about finding the perfect ones.

Shape

The first aspect of clavos that you will want to consider is shape. Clavos come in a huge variety of shapes, but not all of them may be suited to your door. If you live in a Spanish neo-colonial home, for example and it has a large dark wooden door, you'll want to accentuate it with square or diamond clavos that project a sense of sturdiness and strength. On the other hand, if you're looking to complement a softer sensibility, choose smaller, rounded clavos. If neither shape seems to fit the bill, don't worry — there are no shortage of other shapes, including pyramids, flowers, and even stars.

Texture

Another decision you'll need to make when looking at various types of clavos is the texture. Most clavos are smooth to the touch, but others have been carefully hammered to give them a slightly rougher feel. The former is usually used on new front doors, while the latter is best suited for gates and other outdoor surfaces that may see a lot of wear over the years. Gates and doors that are made of older wood or other worn material can especially benefit from a rustic accent piece such as a clavos with a hammered texture.

Material

While the shape and texture of a decorative nail are certainly important to you, they won't matter if you choose the wrong material. Fortunately, if you're searching for clavos to use in interior design, you have a wide range of options including cast iron and copper. But if you're looking for clavos that you know will be exposed to the elements, such as those on an outdoor gate, it's best to go with a zinc alloy to avoid having to deal with rust over the years.

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