The use of wrought iron balusters across the globe
Posted on February 8, 2013
Wrought iron balusters are a great fit for any setting.
Just as the staircase itself has a rich history that dates back thousands of years – it is thought, in fact, to be one of the earliest architectural features developed by our ancestors – so too does the use of wrought iron balusters. Although handrails and banisters that use metals aren’t as old as the ancient stone staircases of Greece, Medieval England and the Middle East, they still have a rich history that spans the globe.
You can find wrought iron balusters in Tuscan villas, for example, that were created during the late Renaissance by Italy’s richest statesmen. Just north, the fire escapes and in the hallways of metropolitan Parisian apartments that were constructed during the late 19th and early 20th century represent a different kind of purpose entirely. As the dawn of steel-framed building construction took hold overseas, the use of wrought iron handrails naturally found its way into the offices and apartments of the industrial United States, reflecting a new architectural direction.
Today, wrought iron is used inside and outside of contemporary residences to give a space a sculptural look that may not be possible when limited to strictly wood as a material. While these spindles look good in the railings of grand staircases in the main foyer of a Southern California mansion, they are equally as pleasing as the protective banister of a high-rise New York City penthouse apartment.
Wrought iron is an extremely versatile material that also has a timeless appeal. You can use it to either make your interior come to life or add a grace to the outside of your home. No matter where you implement these stair parts, your home is sure to benefit.
Mix wood and wrought iron to make a more interesting entryway
There is nothing wrong with sticking to simply solid wood or steel
designs as finely crafted, quality sculpted balusters can establish
uniformity. However, especially with central staircases that pour out
into a large entryway, mixing it up will leave a stronger impression.
bring a lot to the table because they provide flexibility in terms of
style and appearance. Because of their durability, these kinds of
balusters are often incorporated into outdoor stairways, giving them a
connotation of coldness. It's wrong to fault wrought iron for its
durability, though, as it translates as well within the home as it does
outside of it.
Pair this black metal with a darkly stained wooden handrail. A rich
cherry staining will help to establish warmth when paired with the
Reflect this coloring on the steps themselves and the moulding
throughout the entryway in favor of traditional paint. This will help
the balusters blend in with the design by breaking up the uniformity,
giving you a more interesting and dynamic entryway.
You have an array of smartly designed wrought iron options that will
be functional and look great on your banister, but on a central stairway
that curves into your entryway, choose a design that creates visual
dynamism. Deep belly balusters will bring greater depth and regality to the stairway, making your home look like a castle.