A wrought-iron staircase often has a very traditional appearance but if you have a more contemporary look, you do not have to take out the entire staircase. Wrought iron stairs can be modernized by making a few changes by introducing some flair. Read on to learn more.
Painting your wrought-iron staircase railing is an easy, inexpensive way to make it look more modern. Colors like black, white, red, cobalt, tan, gray, beige or yellow can compliment the overall ambiance of your room. The wrought iron’s rust or old finish will need to be removed by using an emery cloth, wire brush or electric sander and prime the staircase with a primer designed specifically for metal to ensure that the paint adheres properly. Spray paint is usually the best option when painting wrought-iron staircase railing.
It is often the design of the balusters. Balusters or newels that feature scroll work or other ornate details can make the entire staircase appear more traditional or old-fashioned. Replacing ornate rails with a simple style that features clean lines can give the staircase a more contemporary look.
Pairings With Glass
With modern decor, glass surfaces give a room some contemporary flair. If your staircase railing features highly ornate balusters and newels, you may want to remove them altogether and pair the wrought-iron handrail with glass railings for a sleek modern look. Glass railings are usually clear and transparent, but you can also opt for colored glass to give the staircase. A wrought-iron and glass combination is an ideal option if your staircase is in a dark area and you want it to reflect more light.
Placing fabric over the outside of the railing with the balusters and newels to support it instantly gives your stairs a more contemporary look. A solid color coordinating with the shades and patterns in the surrounding area or use a bold pattern like chevron stripes or a large floral print in complementary colors to make the stairs look modern. You can also change up your staircase’s look whenever the mood strikes – use hook-and-loop tape to adhere the fabric so it’s easy to attach and remove.