Wrought iron features in a home

Whether featuring the flamboyant swirls and curves of Art-Deco style or the clean lines of minimalist design, decorative ironwork makes a statement. Iron pieces may be hand-forged or ready-made, but they will set the tone in a room or add contrast to a design.


A custom wrought-iron door makes an eye-catching entrance to a home. The decorative ironwork is mirrored in the foyer's console and the entry windows and makes a striking contrast to the vivid yellow walls. Just goes to show that you can secure your home with style.

Wrought iron racks are a great way to keep hats, umbrellas and other outdoor necessities close by where they’re needed, while they make a nice display as well.

What is wrought iron?

The name wrought literally means worked iron and it is an iron alloy that is tough, malleable, ductile and easily welded. Many products described as wrought iron, such as garden furniture and gates, are made of mild steel. They retain that description because they were formerly made of wrought iron or have the appearance of wrought iron. True wrought iron is required for the authentic conservation of historic structures.

Companies such as The Wrought Iron Factory today produce decorative gates, balustrades, staircases, and security barriers.


A stunning combination of wood and wrought iron provide a beautiful mix of textures and materials on this staircase. There are so many ways to use wrought iron for home decor.  


In the design world, wrought iron increasingly refers to a style of metalwork that hearkens back to the heyday of scrolls and curlicues. These ornamental items are distinguished by their twists and turns that give them an attractive shape. Inexpensive accessories, such as candleholders, lamps, and plant stands decorate many contemporary homes. Most of this ironwork is actually cast iron, and can be identified by brittleness and perfect symmetry, since it is made out of a mould.

Consider attaching a huge and intricate wrought iron frieze to your bedroom wall to serve as a stunning headboard. Other possibilities include a wrought iron quilt rack to display your grandmother’s quilts or a unique piece of metal wall art.

When left untreated, wrought iron will rust. That can be charming in a cottage garden but for more modern environments, wrought iron is best primed and painted to protect from rust.


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