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When choosing the right wire railings and handrails for your home, it is important to get it right. Whilst your choices on which ones to have in your home will largely depend on your personal taste and the type of decor you currently have in your home, there are a number of aspects that you should take into consideration.
If your home is multilevel or you are trying to evoke a certain colour, theme or style into your interior – choosing the perfect wire rails and handrails can be really important.
Whether your home is modern and minimalistic or more traditional and rustic – choosing the right wire rails and handrails can really bring out the features of the house.
Below you will find a number of tips and considerations you should into account when making your final choice:
What style matches your home?
It is vital that you choose a handrail or wire rail that compliments and matches the current style of your home. If you fail to do this, it will stand out - it is better to sympathetically incorporate it into the home. You should look at the colours, tastes and influences that currently shape your home in order to make an informed decision.
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For example, if your home is built with a more artisan influence, you should choose a handrail that demonstrates the same fashion in order for the style of your home to look fluid. The best idea is to source out local artists that could make you a bespoke handrail – allowing it to be unique to you. This will turn your handrail into a piece of artwork as well as having a functional use in the home.
Aesthetics and safety
When choosing the perfect handrail for your home, it is important to remember that style and aesthetics go hand in hand with safety. You should be able to get your hands on your local building code which will inform you of how your handrail should be built and secured in order to ensure your stairs are fully safe.
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However, this does not mean that your stairs have to look plain and boring – It just means that safety should be an important consideration when purchasing this kind of product. In fact many designers have now created rustic, sturdy wooden hand rails which are perfect for the style of your home and functional uses. It is recommended that you choose the style you like first and then look into the safety requirements.
If you don’t want to make a statement
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Some homeowners will choose a handrail that simply does not make a statement. In fact, for many homes – less really is more.
There are many types of materials that blend into exteriors seamlessly – the best being: Glass, plexi-glass, cable and wire. If you have vertical poles made from these materials, you can be sure they will not stand out but; blend in. Also, if you have a stairway that seems to demand invisible railings, these are the best options to go for. If you are looking for inspiration on these kinds of railings, you will often see them in hotels and office buildings.
What other materials can be used?
The most popular materials used for handrails are wood and metal – both having an infinite amount of options readily available in the market today.
By using wood you will be evoking a timeless charm to your property – especially if you decide to use a hardy wood such as: oak, maple or cherry. This material is better used for interior use rather than exterior due to the type of wood and its reaction to the outside weather conditions. Wooden handrails are known to last a long amount of time, as long as they are treated and maintained well. However, the mounting bracket that will be used will be made from metal – so, it is important to choose both to ensure they work well together.
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Metal is probably the most common choice when it comes to handrails. There are many choices of metal to choose from including: aluminium, brass, steel and iron. The choice of metal you decide will be largely determined by the style and look of your home. Metal is better used internally due to its ability to get extremely cold during the winter.
However, whilst metal and wood are the most popular choices – many modern homes are now opting for a plastic handrail in bright colours. This look would work if your home is of a minimalist nature.
Whether you are in the process of redesigning your home, or simply adding bits and pieces to enhance its original look, there are many things to consider when it comes to installing handrails and wire railings. So, be sure to take all ideas into consideration before making your purchase.