How to use Faux Iron Decorative Grilles

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They can make a pretty nice backdrop to professional photos, too!

Open floor plans are what everyone is looking for right now. Understandably so, because they provide open sightlines, utilize square footage, and let natural light flood the room. With a family though, trying to use an open room utilized for different activities though can be too loud. Designating rooms to use in a large, long room can be hard though without the traditional walls to create these.  Solid walls and doors can either take up too much space or ruin the openness perks of a room. Our favorite way to allocate space in a large area is with room dividers, specifically faux iron ones! These add personality with a unique pattern while allowing light and sight to continue throughout the space. Take a look at some projects we’ve done highlighting these!

iron room dividers between a lounge space and home office

Stylishly dividing a lounge space and home office.

Dining and living room dividers

Separating the dining and living rooms.

Other than their very functional use, faux iron dividers can easily add elegance to any room. In a formal setting, they’re the perfect addition of patterns to add an art interest. They can be mounted virtually anywhere you’re creative enough to think of; this includes ceilings, closet doors, or between wood paneling detail on walls! By adding function and design, they’ll upgrade the sense of worth in a simple room.

Our go-to place to get these items is through Tableaux® Decorative Grilles. (Instagram @tableauxgrilles) They offer a plethora of designs and colors to choose from, perfect for fitting each house’s style. Where do we most often use them? Because they’re great for seamlessly separating spaces, we often use them between a dining or cooking space from the living room next door. If a front door leads right into the living room, placing one between this creates the inviting feeling of an entryway while allowing light from the door into the house. With the ability to customize a lot, they’re easily usable in any space in many ways, really. Maybe you just need to connect a wall partition to the ceiling or close a large opening a little more, too. One of our favorite creative uses we found was creating a focal point to an expensive chandelier by adding detail above it.

Ceiling chandelier detail

Get creative and treat the ceiling as a 5th wall!

An added bonus: we see these on exteriors very often, too! They’re durable and fit in the nooks on exterior walls, hinting at a Spanish style, which does great on Florida homes. They can be the perfect addition to a boring front door’s side panels, too. Have a huge wall of windows? Add some oomph while letting light stream through with fitted iron for the top windows. Even using four square pieces as unique wall art can elevate the space. We’ve found that when effectively incorporated, these grilles will add a high-end feel to many homes. For more ideas, here are some others’ projects that we love using faux iron!

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If you’re looking for more unique ways to uplevel your home’s design check out this interesting hardware blog we wrote!

Decorative Hardware

Also, if you love the idea of putting these grilles up as wall art, we have more ideas on how to transform your walls into art here!

Turn Your Wall into Art

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How to Maximize a Small Space

Living on a small space doesn’t have to feel like your living in a cramped place! Here, we will give some clever suggestions on how to take advantage of your tight space.

Choose Furniture that Serves Multiple Purposes

Choose furnishings that offer maximum functionality in minimal square footage. Choose a chaise-end sofa to add extra seating space. This is also perfect when you have relatives or friends over who are going to spend the night at your place. These cubed floor lamps provide extra shelving for sentimental pieces. An ottoman or bench have liftable lids to sneakily store pillows, blankets, or anything else from your guests!

This coffee table is not only pretty but also serves as a place for storage!

Create a Clever Floor Plan

Measure the spaces for your furniture to assure you have ample sized walkways. It is important to be selective and aware of your needs when getting furniture. Ironically, consider that small furniture doesn’t always work; it serves less of its purpose and allows room for more unneeded pieces. Don’t be afraid of use large pieces; as long as they do not appear out of scale.

Install Floating Furniture

Save space by installing floating shelves as a TV console or in your small bathroom. If you do this, you will have more room to walk and move around. Mounting your TV on the wall instead of placing it on the console top will regain that necessary table space. This leaves space for cute storage baskets or a dog bed underneath if high enough!

This leaves space for cute storage baskets or a dog bed underneath if high enough!

Shrink Your Dining Table

Purchase a table that comes with extra leaves that can be inserted for those occasional large get-togethers; then take them out when not needed. This allows for needed walk pathways.

Trick Your Eye

It’s the oldest design trick: Mirrors will make your space feel larger and lighter. They add dimension to a room.

This mirror help to expand the perspective of the real size of this bathroom.

Take Advantage of Every Closed Door

To maximize every centimeter of your house, use hanging racks on backs of doors for bags, scarves, belts, etc.! This tactic also opens up drawer space for other items.

Declutter

We feel the need to fill a room with furniture a lot so it looks furnished. Avoid this!! The most important step to maximizing your space is to purge! Sometimes it can be hard of get rid of your belongings, we understand. Always keep this question in mind: Do I REALLY need this? Be honest with yourself, and get rid of those unnecessary items. You can do it!!

This design looks organized because is declutter and every items has a specific place for storage!

A small space can be challenging in terms of decoration and design. However, we hope that with these tips, you have a better idea of have to maximize your space and take advantage of your furniture and materials!

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