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!

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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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Incorporating Color in a World of Neutrals

A neutral design palette seems like a trend that’s here to stay. While using all neutrals can create a serene and sophisticated space, it can leave you wanting something that you just can’t put your finger on. (Hint Hint: it’s color!) We advise our clients not to envy those picture-perfect living spaces you see on Pinterest. This isn’t sustainable for families with messy kids and small budgets. That being said, having a clean background to design can be fun. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep a space neutral with added hints of personality.

In the Kitchen

The kitchen craze today is all white, very sleek, very clean. While this may be easy to admire, it is not easy to maintain and start to bore homeowners. We always work with clients who want a modern, white look, but also need to feel at home. An easy way to add color to a kitchen space is on the island. Below eye level, two-tone cabinets are enough out of the way to be bothersome, but effective when adding interest to a modern kitchen. Additionally, most kitchens have an island area for casual seating and this can be a great opportunity to add color. Whether the stools are upholstered or colored metal ones like below, incorporating a common color similar to the rest of the house can really tie a home design together without leaving the kitchen out.

 

In the Living Room

Similar to the kitchen stools, accent chairs are a great way to incorporate a bold color into the living room to liven it up. These rich navy armchairs with acrylic feet are modern enough while also inviting to sit down in. If the entire chair seems to be too much for you, we often customize upholstered seating to have two coordinating patterns on the inside section then another on the backside. This is especially helpful if you would want a detailed look from a specific viewpoint. Even less of a risk, add colorful pillows and a rug that incorporates a color to avoid designing a bland space.

 

In the Dining Room

Incorporating color into a dining room can be tricky; there are not a lot of ways to do it without breaking a modern, sleek feel. In this home, we did it in the wall art. This is the safest route to go for people, for it is easily changeable. To create a unique space, the paired wall hangings add variety while still matching the color scheme. It is important to add variety to space and in this case, it was done in a unified way. The colored corals in geometric frames easily enhance the mood of the area while sticking to the modern coastal design.

 

In the Bathroom

A bathroom is a place for serenity and calm, so, people tend to steer clear of bold colors when designing it. Naturally, neutrals thrive in this. A quick pop of color can really freshen the room up. Here we see this on the turquoise wall decor and some greenery on the countertop. Avoid the easy mistake of going to bland and add color to your bathroom by painting the vanity, having a bright accent tile, or placing a thin, colorful woven rug on the ground. You will appreciate this accent one groggy morning.

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