The Beauty of Iron Curtain Rods

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Some of the most exciting curtain rod designs are made from iron. In particular, wrought iron is the most common because it does not deteriorate as quickly. The name wrought literally means worked, and this refers to the fact that a blacksmith will work the iron into various shapes and designs. The iron does contain some impurities and it is these contaminants that give the grained finish that is loved by so many people. If you happen to see wrought iron curtain rods in the shops, then it will more than likely have been powder coated to preserve it.

The typical color of the powder coating is black, but other colors can be used to create unique pieces. Iron has a long history and it this reason that people buy it for the character and tradition. Old style houses such as country homes and even period homes are usually favourite places for iron rods. They go well with this kind of rustic styling. If the outside has iron gates or railings then adding some inside will match the essence of the house.

Decorative ornamental pieces can also be found in contemporary homes, and the curtain rods match these as well. It is much more interesting for your friends and guests to see that some thought has gone into your interior design. The cost for these kinds of rods is going to be premium rate. You cannot really mass produce wrought iron pieces because it takes time to refine the process. As a result, there are not that many stores who specialise in this area. Those that do, have to make their time and effort worthwhile, hence the expensive prices. You are also paying for the knowledge of the craftsman who creates the intricate styles.

There are a number of imitation rods available that give you the appearance of wrought iron, without the costs involved. Only a close inspection will reveal the true nature of them. Plastic is a common material used, but wood can also be painted and treated to look just like the real thing. An advantage of these kinds of rods is that they do not weigh the same, and so they don't need the support brackets and fittings usually associated with heavy iron pieces. Even the finials can be made to look the part with some clever touches.

The one disadvantage is that these imitations will not be as durable as the real thing. They do not have the presence and character, nor the same color. However, it is a viable alternative if you are working to a budget.

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This article was published on 2010/03/26