5 Ways to Rock Wrought Iron in Your Home
Here, we preview five ways to use wrought iron in your home and garden, including balconies, gates, banisters, screens, and sculptures. From simple to elaborate, there’s something to suit everyone.
1. BALCONIESFrom simple…Australia established its own iron and steel foundries in the 1850s, at the time of the gold rush and mass building booms. With the capacity to wrought iron, developers and architects no longer needed to import it from Britain, aiding the development of Australia’s industry and craftsmanship.Commonly seen on the balconies of Victorian- and Federation-style homes, wrought iron is used functionally and decoratively for railings, valances, balustrades, and fretwork. A simple geometric form was used in these Surry Hills, Sydney, terraces.
… to elaborateMany a city terrace features far more intricate and decorative wrought-iron work with curving and flowing interlocking patterns that gussy up the facade.But no matter what style and shape the balconies take, it’s hard to imagine what our city terraces would be like without wrought iron. It adds interest, colour and detail to what are often otherwise standard architectural forms.
2. GATESFrom simple…A simple wrought-iron gate is both rustic and charming and brings a sense of country cottage to any home. A sweet vintage find could open the door to a simply crafted wrought-iron gate suitable for your front or side entrance, garden or backyard.Explore these dreamy garden gates
3. BANISTERSFrom simple…A simple wrought-iron banister is timeless and elegant. It can fit a multitude of interior styles from rustic and traditional to modern and contemporary. It will be both noticeable and subtle due to its simplicity and, as in this interior, its brings a sense of strength and solidity to any staircase.
… to elaborateIn contrast, ‘regal’ is the word here. If you like to make an entrance, this banister is for you! Against a neutral backdrop this wrought-iron banister is a standout. While it twists and turns its way up a large curving staircase, it will twist and turn the heads of anyone who enters your home.
4. GARDEN SCREENSFrom simple…This concrete space was transformed into an inviting modern garden with wrought iron screens, paving tiles, and well-planned plantings. Scenes or patterns cast or laser-cut into wrought iron add simple but visually interesting detail to any space. Displayed outside it will develop its own unique patina over time. These screens have spotlights in the garden at the base of them and, when they’re turned on at night, the light makes a spectacular show of the patterns.
…to elaborateThis wrought-iron panel functions not only as art but also an effective privacy screen adding an extra layer between the interior of the home and the pavement outside. It is designed to harmonise with the wrought-iron detail on the terrace, and to mimic the blossoming garden. It helps link the indoor living with outdoor areas and, come winter, it will add life to the garden until the flowers return in spring.
…to elaborateIn contrast, this wrought-iron ball is raw and contemporary, and offsets the wrought-iron screens on the adjacent wall. Located next to a swimming pool it plays on ideas of the beach ball, but this is one you’ll want to keep the kids away from.TELL USWhat do you love about wrought iron? Let us know in the Comments section.MORECome on in! Corrugated Iron Makes Its Way InsideAll You Need to Know About Using Steel as Wall CladdingHow to Add Pizzazz to Your Boring Staircase