Wrought iron stair railings are a traditional style. This type of railing can be sensitive to design trends and may move in and out of style quickly. To reduce this volatility, it is a good idea to pair iron railings with architectural styles that use iron railings consistently. In this way, the railing becomes less trendy and more consistent with historic design, which allows it to hold its value and style attractiveness more easily.
Ornate and heavy iron railings were common on early 1900s brick and stone facades. When renovating period homes, try to replicate the style, weight and elaborate quality of the iron railings that were originally installed on the facade of a home. This establishes the character and age of the house and conveys a sense of grandeur that was typical of the era. Often this immediately boosts the curb appeal of the home and add to its value.
Upstairs apartments in older cities often have minimal outdoor space. In the absence of real balconies, it's common to see a wrought iron faux balcony railing on full length windows or French doors to allow the resident of the apartment to grow potted flowers along an extended windowsill. This feature expands the interior into the exterior, adds light and protects the resident from falling. Similar designs can be used as interesting chair railings that evoke this type of architecture.
Wrought iron railings are often used to bring curves to the outside architecture, whether as a balcony or stair railing. The flexibility of the metal and its visual transparency work together to create attractive views both indoors and out. Most iron railings are painted shiny black that works well in combination with any color. Black is considered a neutral that can add depth and definition without adding color. The fine lines of the iron make these additions elegant and refined.
When the facade of a building is ornate and detailed, a wrought iron railing can be used for safety while adding the minimum of extra detail to achieve balance. This simplicity is also useful when using wrought iron in interior spaces where the decor can quickly become too busy. The flexibility of the iron to respond to the design needs of decorators makes it a common design choice.