When people purchase their home, there are so many considerations, the price being most important one, so that architectural features and design sometimes come to the bottom of the list of requirements. But, once the purchased house becomes a home, the priorities change: we all want our home to be the most beautiful possible. Of course, after buying the house, paying agents, insurance, bank, movers etc. there is very little left for the added touches that have to do with beauty. Adding a decorative window, balcony or stair railing can be relatively inexpensive addition that will give you that added touch of class without requiring another mortgage.
Iron has been used by humans throughout history, at first to make swords, cutlery and other knives. Only with the industrial revolution, in 18th and 19th century, its production became sufficiently inexpensive to be used on larger scale, for bridges and edifices like Eiffel Tower. Using iron for decorative purposes in architecture quickly became very popular over previously used masonry, because iron was cheaper, easier to form and it could be painted.
Decorative iron is used today for a range of products than contribute to the architecture of a home, or provide security. Iron railings, for balconies, windows or stairs, can make a huge difference in the style and appeal of a home, from the outside and inside.
Although wrought iron invokes image of ornate, decorative pieces, today's iron railings are made in any desired form or shape, and painted to suit the style of a home, or the taste of the customer.
Iron gate can be used indoors as well, to enhance, and secure, indoors galleries, stairs and spiral staircases. They are particularly interesting addition for very modern living spaces, like lofts and converted industrial buildings, where the height of the space allows for building several different levels.
Spiral staircases are very popular where the space is at premium, whether it is in a traditional home, to reach an unused space like attic and convert it into a room, or in modern homes, where they not only serve a purpose of reaching an upper floor, but are a piece of art.
Stairs and balcony railings on the outside can make otherwise uninteresting facade into a truly beautiful one for a relatively modest cost. Sometimes, just adding an ornate balcony railings and painting it a contrasting color can completely change the look of a home.
There is a huge range of styles and designs of railings, whether they are for balconies, stairs or spiral staircases. Customers often try to choose a style that matches the architecture of their home, but sometimes it is good to go 'outside the box' and chose a contrasting design, for added interest and whimsy.
The style of the contemporary house could be enhanced by using stainless steel railing. The design of today's modern look uses a lot of chrome in it. A modern living room area styled with chrome and white furniture will work well with a stainless railing as the balcony rail. There are a lot more materials incorporated in the construction of stairs and railings today than there ever used to be.
You can also choose a lot of variations on the type of stair spindles you use for the staircase. You can choose metal panels with elaborate designs or traditional wood spindles. The spindles made of wood can be turned on a lathe to create a lot of interesting shapes. The advantage to using a wood staircase with spindles is that you can replace the spindles without needing to replace the entire staircase. The job is one that can be done by any homeowner.
The styles of railings aren't just used for the interior of a home. There are lots of exterior areas where you can incorporate the design of a railing such as an outside porch or balcony.