Adding large metal art pieces to your home is a great way to really add a lot of visual interest. However, sometimes you’d like to add a decorative look, without incorporating a particular motif or theme. Other times, you might be looking for a way to bring added attention to your home’s interesting architectural features. Or, you might just want to add a focal point to a room in a way that will complement your existing decor without overpowering it. In each of these situations, metal grilles can be the perfect solution. Here are some interesting ways to incorporate grilles into your home decor.
Adding a Rustic Touch
If you have a room decorated in a rustic theme, wrought iron grilles can provide the perfect accent. Wrought iron has a sturdy and yet artistic look that can add the perfect touch of decor to rooms decorated in a southwestern, Tuscan, Mediterranean, or cottage style. It also works well when used in western styles of decorating, or whenever you want to add a homey and rustic look to a room. However, in addition to the rugged and rustic pieces that you might automatically think of when you hear the words “wrought iron,” there are also many pieces that are beautifully curved and swirled, such as is the case with Spanish-style metal grilles and wall hangings.
Add a Touch of Romance
Although you might not immediately think of romance when you think about wrought iron, this sturdy metal is often used to decorate cottage-styled and country-styled rooms. When used in this fashion, wrought iron grilles and other wrought iron pieces can add a charming and even romantic touch. It’s also important to note that although wrought iron is traditionally black, it can also be painted in a variety of colors. A beautifully decorative and detailed wrought iron grille could be painted white. Once painted, it could then be hung behind the head of the bed to serve as a romantic country-style headboard. Other pieces of rustic metal wall art could also be used in a similar fashion.
Patio and Garden Grilles
Because wrought iron is such a strong and durable metal, grilles made from this material are also a natural choice for patios and garden areas. If you have an indoor or outdoor patio, you could use one or more grilles to decorate the walls, or to accentuate the beauty of greenery, flowers, and small potted trees. If you have plants that vine and climb, try placing them in front of a grille so that they can twist and twine their way around the wrought iron details. This can be a great way of blending artistic metal features into your garden and patio areas in a very natural fashion.
When using any kind of metal art outdoors or in close proximity with water or moisture, you should make sure the pieces have the proper weather-resistant coating so that they remain beautiful. However, in some cases, you might actually want to encourage the natural weathering process, if you enjoy the rustic look of weathered metal.