Address Plaques and Drapery Medallions - Iron Works

Airy DrapesSheer curtains have dressed windows for decades or even centuries, but pretty much in the same fashion year after year.  Sheers reduce sunlight and provide privacy, and chances are they’ll be a design staple forevermore.  Spice up your home with a jazzy sheer-curtain look to show off your inner-designer’s adventurous, creative, contemporary side.

The typical layered looks of sheer curtains under drapes are fine, but if you’re looking for something with more design pizzazz, step beyond the stereotypical “box” confines.  Layer white sheers over colored drapes for a subtle effect; the drapery color still comes through, but as a visual “whisper.” Alternatively, infuse a bland space with a touch of color by layering bright or dark-colored sheers over white drapes.  You can still use sheers underneath to filter light and provide some privacy when the drapes are open.

To make sheers less see-through, layer them.  But rather than layering same-length panels, start with floor-length sheers topped by sheers that are one-third shorter, and then sheers that are two-thirds shorter for a gradient look.  You don’t have to use the same colored layers, but if you mix your sheers’ hues, keep the darker colors at the bottom as a visual anchor.  If you layer the same colored sheers, create an interesting twist by using one with a swirly-patterned stitch on the bottom, then one made from plain netting, and then top them with a full, gathered eyelet-patterned sheer panel, for example.  Layer works best when hung with drapery medallions.  The full line of Metropolis Iron drapery medallions come in many styles and finishes complimenting any design scenario.

 

 

 

Pinecone Drapery MedallionLazy summer weekends and vacations are upon us and of course this means retreats to the family cabin or lake house.  Having a relaxing space to get away to, entertain guests and laze the summer days away is a must.  Decorating your cabin retreat should be a fun adventure just like the times that you spend there.

Choosing a woodsy décor is generally the most popular when creating a great cabin or lake home.  You should gracefully and stylish bring the natural world into your décor theme.  Most cabins feature lofts and beautiful hardwoods throughout, so try to play off the existing woodsy features in your home.  Some of our favorite woodsy décor items are:

No matter your décor choices for your cabin or lake home, Metropolis Iron hopes you enjoy your summer!

 

Drapery Medallion from Metropolis Iron

Matching colors and finishes can be a designer’s worst nightmare.  There are so many color and finish scenarios in any given room that finding a perfect match can be an unnerving process.  Our lead designer, Misti St. Pierre, knows this dilemma all too well and works with each client to find their perfect finish match when purchasing quality drapery medallions from Metropolis Iron.

Our full line of drapery medallions comes in a variety of finish options to match any home décor item or project.  If you don’t see a perfect match, just ask!  Our team will work with you to find a match that compliments your design needs.  Visit us online at www.metroiron.net to view our full line of quality drapery medallions.

Drapery Medallion from Metropolis IronChoosing the right size drapery medallion for your window treatment shouldn’t be a hassle.  Metropolis Iron understands that each home design project is different and requires just the right sized medallion.  Our drapery medallion line comes in five sizes to match any room, style or project need.

Extra Small Drapery Medallions:  Our extra small medallions are up to 2” diameter.  This petite sized medallion is perfect for designs that require a delicate touch.

Small Drapery Medallions:  With a size ranging from 2-1/8” – 2-7/8” our small drapery medallions are still perfect for creating softness in a design solution, but allow for a heavier drape than the extra-small size.

Medium Drapery Medallions:   Medium drapery medallions are 3” – 4” and are our most popular seller.  These sized medallions are perfect for use in many window treatments and are perfect for sheers, valances and much more.

Large Drapery Medallions:  Another great seller, our large drapery medallions are 4-1/8” – 6”.  These are useful in many of the same design situations as medium drapery medallions, but allow for a heavier drape and cane be a great choice when you want your medallion to pop from the curtains and stand out.

Extra-Large Drapery Medallions:  Our Extra-Large drapery medallions are 7-5/8” +.  A great medallion for use in foyer treatments or treatments with very, very long drapes (like used in a great room), the extra-large medallion will stand out and be seen from the floor.

All of our medallion sizes are available in an array of finishes, styles and projections.  Easy to install, Metropolis Iron’s line of drapery medallions comes with all necessary hardware, touchup paint and instructions.

 

Decorating with Fleur-de-lis

Posted by Misti On February 11th
Fleur-de-lis Drapery Medallion

Fleur-de-lis Drapery Medallion

The fleur-de-lis translates into the “flower of the lily” in French.  It is used as a symbol of light and life in some cultures, though it can also take on a religious subtext in crests and on flags depending on who is using it.  It is a symbol of France, but it is also used in other countries including Italy and the United States.  For a decorative symbol to incorporate into your home decor, consider using this stylized lily flower accent to bring a new aspect to any design style!

Art and Accessories:  An easy way to use the fleur-de-lis in your home design is with art and accessories.  For example, a fleur-de-lis framed prints, a lamp or lighting fixture that features the shape either as a print on the lampshade or as the lamp’s base, bookends, garden planters, throw pillows and others can be great ways to incorporate the shape into your room design.

Window Treatments:  Incorporating the fleur-de-lis into your window treatment design can be another great way to incorporate it into your overall room design.  While fleur-de-lis curtains may be a bit too “busy” for most of our homes, a fleur-de-lis drapery medallion can be a nice, classy touch.  Metropolis Iron offers fleur-de-lis drapery medallions in four sizes!

Coordinating Designs:  Instead of just accenting your space with a fleur-de-lis, you can incorporate this design into a larger room theme.  For example, the city of New Orleans often uses the fleur-de-lis as its symbol.  In fact, their NFL team, the Saints, takes the symbol as its logo. Use the fleur-de-lis along with French-inspired ironwork, vintage furniture pieces and tropical Big Easy-inspired colors to complete a New Orleans look.  The city of Florence, Italy also uses the symbol in its decor, so you may also consider complementing the fleur-de-lis with warm, Mediterranean colors and rustic furniture.

The Timelessness of Wrought Iron

Posted by Misti On January 28th

Wrought Iron Drapery Rod

Home designing with wrought iron is brings strength, beauty, and timelessness to any home décor situation.  The plethora of interior design items with wrought iron includes amazing styles and designs to bring sophistication to your rooms, walls and outdoors.

Obtainable in various shapes, dimensions, styles and designs wrought iron is commonly used in home décor designs. The list below talks about some common areas of the home where wrought iron can be used.

·Patio: Wrought iron garden furniture, patio benches, bistro sets, and bistro tables

· Bar: Bars, wine shelves, and bar and counter stools

· Garden: Some common wrought iron outdoor furniture ideas are arbor benches, garden benches, garden accents, garden gates, garden fences, and garden planters

· Rooms: Wrought iron tables, chandeliers, candle holders, media shelves, multipurpose baskets, plant stands, pedestal picture frames, doormats, cabinets, tables, multipurpose shelves, book shelves, bookends, brackets, clocks, drapery hardware and medallions, and mirrors

· Kitchen: Bakers’ shelves, napkin holders, casserole holders, kitchen islands, plate shelves, pot shelves, and countertop support brackets

· Bedroom: Wrought iron beds can hugely sophistication your bed room using their ornate styles. Bed room specific blanket stands and quilt shelves can further supplement your home designing with wrought iron.

· Outdoors: Address plaques, wrought iron railings and fences, primary gates, and home shutters

Home designing with wrought iron is really a phenomenon by itself. The range of wrought iron interior design items certainly promises long-term elegance. Metropolis Iron’s large line of wrought iron décor includes many of the above items!  Additionally, we love custom orders!

 

Drapery Medallions for Massive Windows

Posted by Misti On December 24th

Extra-Large Drapery Medallion

With home designs changing, the drapery hardware  industry has had to evolve and change to fit the needs of homeowners and interior designers.  One of the biggest trends we’ve seen at Metropolis Iron is large windows including 2 and 3 story windows and windows that take up entire walls and leave little room for hanging of traditional drapery rods.

Drapery medallions work wonderfully for all types of large window treatments.  For example, for large 2 and 3 story windows that we often see used in great rooms, an extra-large drapery medallion has not only the size to be seen, but the strength to hold longer, heavier drapes.  In instances where a window takes up the majority of a wall, a medallion is small enough to contended with even the most compromising spaces.

Our large line of custom drapery medallions allows for every design plan.  Our medallions come in an array of sizes, designs & shapes, and finishes.  Visit our website to learn more or drop us a line at Misti@MetroIron.com to discuss your custom drapery medallion needs!

Drapery Medallions for Curved Walls

Posted by Misti On December 10th

Drapery Medallions with a Curved Wall

Curved walls can pose definite issues when trying to create a window treatment. With companies like Metropolis Iron you can have a drapery rod custom bent to the curvature of the wall. However, there aren’t a lot of companies that specialize in fabricating custom drapery hardware or perhaps the budget doesn’t allow for a piece of custom drapery hardware. In either case, it’s necessary for interior designers, drapery workrooms and homeowners to find alternative methods to hang decorative window treatments in rooms that have curved or bowed walls.

Drapery medallions are a perfect solution to the curved wall issue that so many of us run into. Medallions don’t require a straight wall as a drapery rod does and as in the above picture, can create a custom window treatment style and design. Additionally, medallions can be hung to suit any window design such as arch and bay windows. Using drapery medallions creates an element of flexibility and creativity not always available when using standard drapery rods

Metropolis Iron’s line of drapery medallions are perfectly suited for use on curved walls and includes an array of designs, styles, sizes, shapes, and finishes. While browsing our online catalog, if you don’t see a medallion that suits your needs, just ask. We love custom orders! Thanks to HGTV for the great photo!

Great Room Drapery Ideas

Posted by Misti On November 26th

Photo Courtesy of HGTV

More homes are being built with great rooms and large foyers that have high ceilings.  The need for drapery hardware that has the correct projection, size and strength for longer, heavier drapes has become a common request at Metropolis Iron.    These spaces require window hardware that is large, visible and strong.

Metropolis Iron’s extra-large and large drapery medallions are perfect for great rooms and rooms with higher ceilings.  Not only do they provide the strength that longer and heavier drapery panels require, but with a maximum diameters ranging all the way to 10” they stand out from the drapes and the rest of the window treatment.  As they come in a variety of shapes and finishes, large drapery medallions can be used in even in common and custom window treatment designs alike.

Square Drapery Medallions-Dare to be Different

Posted by Misti On October 26th
Square Drapery Medallion

Square Drapery Medallion

When you think drapery medallions, round, simple medallions are probably the first (and only) style medallion or rosette you can think of.  That is probably because it’s almost the only type of drapery medallion, curtain rosette or window treatment holdback that is commonly available on the market.

Metropolis Iron is daring you to think differently for your next window treatment design.  How?   Consider square drapery medallions for your next design project.

Like our extensive line of round drapery medallions, square medallions also come in a range of sizes from extra-small to extra-large.  Square medallions are forged from the same methods quality materials as their round counterparts, ensuring that you are getting a strong medallion that was crafted with quality and care and will stand the test of time.

Square medallions can be particularly useful in design ideas where the curtain involves a square or checkered pattern as they enhance and compliment the shapes represented in the drapes.  General projection for square medallions is 3”, but as with all of our medallion products, custom projections are available upon request.

So, dare to be “square” with Metropolis Iron’s square drapery medallions.

Square Drapery Medallions used in Window Treatment

Square Drapery Medallions used in Window Treatment