If you want to makeover the look and feel of any room in your home without paying a lot of money, consider using wrought iron wall décor. Wrought iron comes in an absolute endless variety of styles and shapes. It can be used to enhance or change just about any existing style of room.
Wrought iron refers to any metal that has been twisted, bent or hammered into shape. It has been around for centuries. Wrought iron pieces are relatively inexpensive. There is a difference in quality and price.
The complexity of the design, the quality of iron used and the type of welding all factor into the value of the individual piece. Wrought iron comes in many shades, usually in shades of brown, black or gray. They can be painted or finished with many coatings. They can have the look of antiquity or a brand new appearance.
Ideas For Decorating
Framed mirrors are a great place to start. Wrought iron mirrors come in all shapes and sizes. They can be simple or intricate. Try lining a hallway with a series of small mirrors to widen and lengthen it’s appearance. Hang a large, ornate mirror above a couch. Try one above a fireplace and accent it with matching fireplace tools.
Wall sconces are one of the most common wrought iron accents. They can hold candles or use electric lighting. Mount them on the wall on either side of your bed. They make a perfect night light and are out of the way of your bedside table.
A large, richly colored wall tapestry will come to life when illuminated by wrought iron wall scones. The subdued light will bring out the texture of the tapestry.
Ornate wall hangings are a popular type of wrought iron art. They come in any size and an infinite number of shapes. If you have an irregular space that you want to enhance, shop for a uniquely shaped piece. You will be able to find something that will fit perfectly.
Large decorative pieces look great above a fireplace, above a couch or on a wide open wall. You can use a combination of shapes and sizes and create a truly original formation. Wrought iron designs often include words of meaning and inspiration. You can directly express a wish or hope through them. The possibilities are literally endless.
Curtain rods can be stunning and elegant when made of wrought iron. They can also be simple and classic. Combining curtain rods with your other wrought iron pieces will really pull a room together.
Wall hooks, key holders, light switch fixtures, lighting pendants,towel racks and shelves are all available in wrought iron.
There are a variety of finishes to choose from. Standard colors of powder coating are black, white, red, gold, and green.
A coating of a fine plastic powder paint is sprayed on to the wrought iron. It is charged with static electricity and so it sticks to the metal. It is then baked into the piece creating a permanent finish. There are no solvents involved in this process so it is considered environmentally-friendly.
Powder coating can be painted over with household paint. A patina finish is achieved by applying a first coat and then dabbing a second color over the first in random intervals. It is finished with a coat of clear gloss. Wrought iron looks best in muted colors but it can be painted to match any color scheme.
Rising Popularity of Wrought Iron
The mass production of wrought iron is increasing. This means that it is becoming cheaper but also the quality of the average wrought iron product is also declining.
Identical pieces are available on a massive scale. It is well worth the effort and added expense to carefully shop around for a high quality, more unique piece.
Wrought iron can be contemporary by using simple, classy designs. It can be combined with terra-cotta and other southwestern motifs. French country is full of wrought iron. A small metal café table with a wrought iron mirror to accent it will bring out the feel of romantic Paris.
Americana is perfectly suited for wrought iron. A gothic style is achieved from adding tapestry and candles. Whatever the style of your room wrought iron can be used to increase its charm.
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