Not-So-Heavy Metal The Magic of Faux Iron Grilles
From the ancient Hittite empire to the Eiffel Tower to America’s own colonial beginnings, ironwork has been an important part of human history for more than 4,000 years. And some of the most elegant and beautiful examples of mankind’s love of iron are found in ornamental window, wall, and ceiling work. For many modern homeowners, the look of wrought iron is especially appealing, whether worked in elaborate patterns to create decorative artwork or crafted into elegant screens for windows. But the challenges that accompany wrought iron—namely, the weight of the material itself and the tendency of iron to corrode over time—makes it a costly and often impractical option for some.
Fortunately, improvements in technology and the creation of faux iron grilles mean those with a taste for wrought iron can get the look they love, without having to navigate the pitfalls of traditional ironwork.
Modern Technology Meets Timeless Elegance
Crafted from next-gen, environmentally friendly materials, faux iron grilles are resistant to rust, rot, and general wear and tear, making them ideal for outdoor, as well as indoor, applications. As they’re constructed from post-consumer recycled wood, they’re also much lighter than actual iron, which makes them easier to install, change, or move.
You can also set aside any lingering notions you might have about ironwork being limited to a single Victorian, Colonial, or Imperial style. The material’s unique composition means it can be customized in nearly infinite ways to fit your home’s decor, including a variety of metallic and non-metallic finishes (so your faux iron can become faux bronze, gold, copper, or even stone if you like). Whether you’re adding a Spanish colonial look to your hacienda or creating cutting-edge modern appeal with a one-of-a-kind grille for a showstopper window, you can find the finishes and design you want and make your dream a reality.
And don’t forget, faux iron grilles can be paired with softer window treatments, from blinds to curtains, in order to enhance privacy and add an extra touch of warmth and softness.
Beyond the Window
Of course, it’s not just windows that faux iron grilles can cover. Without having to worry about the weight or decay of iron, you can easily create a breathtaking custom ceiling, intricate and compelling wall art, or even add a distinctive “finishing touch” to archways and niches throughout your home.
If you love to spend a lot of time outdoors, faux iron is also a very popular choice for patios, where a bit of wrought iron can serve as a stylish and eye-catching transom, a privacy-enhancing screen, or even a piece of functional art as part of an outdoor grillmaster’s kitchen.
Thanks to its versatility and durability, faux iron is a dreamer’s decor tool. From ceilings and doors to windows, walls, and beyond, the sky really is the limit.
If you’re ready to incorporate the stunning beauty of wrought iron into your home’s decor—but don’t want the weight and upkeep that come with traditional iron—then now’s the time for a free in-home consultation. Our experts are ready to help you choose the right design, finish, and locations that will give your home the strength and beauty of wrought iron with the durability and convenience of modern materials.