Wrought iron furnishings provide a timeless elegance to a home. Hand-forged iron has been used as a building material for centuries, and it provides an Old World look and feel that never goes out of style. Wrought iron lends itself to an abundance of decorating styles, from rugged, rustic lodge decor to high-class, refined, contemporary styles; you can find wrought iron in dozens of applications. Whether it’s as small as a candleholder or as grand as an entryway gate, wrought iron is likely to make an appearance in most homes today.
1. Architectural Features
Wrought iron can be found both inside and outside the home. Exterior applications commonly include door and window grills, balcony and stair railings, fences and gates. Inside the house, stair and balcony railings are common. Mediterranean and Spanish Hacienda styles feature an abundance of wrought iron, which creates a striking contrast against pale or earth-toned plaster walls typical of these styles.
Wrought iron beds range from rustic to exquisitely elegant. In a lodge setting, iron beds often feature Western motifs such as cowboys, horses, wildlife or evergreen trees and combine pine poles with hammered or flat iron pieces. More delicate styles might include gently curving scrolls, leaves and branch designs or simple, clean, straight lines. Tables, chairs, benches and other furnishings that feature scrolling, curvy, feminine lines are typical of decorating styles such as French Country or Victorian. Wrought iron hinges, heavy iron latches, straps, corner brackets, knobs, handles and pulls give furniture a rustic look commonly seen in Mexican- and Spanish Hacienda-style decor.
Wrought iron accessories enhance a number of various decorating styles. Wall sconces, candleholders, candelabras and chandeliers provide a Gothic look when used in Old World or traditional settings. With a coat of white paint, the same or very similar accessories can be used in a shabby chic or cottage setting. Wrought iron wall crosses, clocks and candleholders fit perfectly in Spanish-style homes while iron wall grilles, while baker’s racks and hanging pot racks blend beautifully with Tuscan decor. Wrought iron curtain rods and cabinet hardware add warmth and character to a room.
Wrought iron wall planters, flower boxes and benches add a hint of romance to your garden. Iron patio furniture not only looks attractive but will also last for years if properly cared for. Tiered plant stands, trellises, hanging baskets, tabletop candleholders, garden stakes and iron wind chimes easily fit in both country and urban settings, whether the style is contemporary or more traditional. Choose an iron welcome sign with a motif that fits your lifestyle, interests or the surrounding area. Ideas include wildlife, insects, flowers, farm animals, cats or dogs, pine cones, pineapples and palm trees.
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