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The Hottest Interior Design Trends for 2014

Posted by Misti On January 6th

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2014 has arrived and a great way to ring in the New Year is by adding some of these hot design trends into your home!

1. Ikat prints: Historically used to dress the grandest pashas, the ikat pattern has become a patchy print on towels, plates and curtains.  Our drapery medallion selection includes styles that compliment Ikat print curtains.

2. All-white kitchens: A decade after the 2003 Diane Keaton film “Something’s Gotta Give” glorified the control-freak look; the all-white kitchen look doesn’t have to look cold, stark and humorless.  The new white-glass appliance styles add cleanliness and calm, unlike ubiquitous stainless steel finishes.  Using corbels in an all white kitchen look can add an aesthetic edge to your 2014 look.

3. The Belgian look: Devolving into a catalog cliché, the mix of freshly manufactured “antiques” with the linen upholstery and neutral tones so beloved by Belgian tastemakers has influenced many styles for the New Year.

Stick with Metropolis Iron this year to see the latest trends emerge in new drapery medallion, corbel and address plaques!

Corbels for Beauty!

Posted by Misti On December 23rd

Metropolis Iron CorbelsIf you are a regular reader of our blog, you know we love to write about the functionality of corbels or countertop support brackets.  We constantly write about all the pro’s of using corbels; how they can extend the life of your countertop and how they add much needed support when a heavy material such as granite is used, but we rarely talk about the beauty of corbels.

Corbels add a much need aesthetic value to the underside of countertops.  Kitchens are a gathering place and one of the most used rooms in a home.  Since we spend so much time in our kitchens, we should be doing our best to create a cozy, warm atmosphere.  Corbels can create an added look of beauty and eye appeal and in an area that generally isn’t thought of being an area to decorate; under your countertops and overhangs.

Check out all of our gorgeous corbels and countertop support brackets online at




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Happy Cyber Monday!  Holiday gift buying is in full swing and we are still worn out from Black Friday, but are so excited about all the great gifts that you can find this holiday season at for the home décor lover in your life!  Our drapery medallions, address plaques and corbels make wonderful gifts for anyone looking to add a touch of design appeal to their home.   Available in an array of styles, colors, materials and finishes our lines are hand crafted and designed in Cape Coral, FL and many feature a tropical flair found only in items crafted in The Sunshine State.  Happy Holiday’s!

banana leaf counter top support bracketLooking for a decorative corbel for your outdoor living area’s bar or kitchen area that is eye appealing and durable?   Our new line of outdoor corbels forged from non-corrosive aluminum to withstand even the harshest weather conditions will add style to outdoor living areas.  The new line of corbels is drawn from our current line of indoor iron corbels and countertop support brackets.

The new line of corbels is the perfect solution for outdoor living areas including kitchens and bars and adds a decorative touch to your design while providing support for your outdoor counter areas.   Countertop designs that involve granite, wood and other heavy materials require the extra support of a corbel to prevent sagging and long term damage.

View all of our beautifully crafted corbels at  If you don’t see a design that fits your needs just ask!  We love custom orders!

Banana CorbelKitchen design trends have changed and grown over the years and countertop materials have been changing right along with them.  The latest rages in kitchen countertop materials include heavy materials such as granite, wood, recycled materials, soapstone and many more.

With the added weight of a heavy countertop material is you have an overhanging edge, over time, without the proper support your kitchen counter will begin to sag and even worse can crack when stone and wood are used.

To prevent these damaging effects to your countertop we recommend using a corbel or countertop support bracket to reinforce your countertop.  Metropolis Iron’s large line of countertop support brackets are hand forged from strong iron and steel and are created to match any color and design!

Protect your investment and those enjoying your investment with proper supporting counter top brackets.

RichliteEye catching and durable, recycled paper countertops are a great green home material, and they surprise many with warmth like that of stone countertop option. Recycled paper countertops are composed of postconsumer wastepaper, nonpetroleum-based resins and pigments.  This mix is heated and compressed into a dense, monolithic slab with a feel that’s often compared to a warm, soft stone, like soapstone.

The primary manufacturers, PaperStone, Richlite, ShetkaStone and Kliptech, all offer several colors, though the material typically is available only in medium to dark hues, all in a smart-looking matte finish.  Recycled paper countertops generally cost $40 to $80 per foot.

The dense, durable, nonporous construction makes recycled paper surfaces stain resistant and easy to maintain. Because this material is a heavier weight than natural stone, slabs should always be used with a corbel or countertop support bracket to accommodate the additional weight.  The material is heat resistant only to 350 degrees, so, as with many kitchen surfaces, it’s best to keep trivets nearby.

Recycled paper countertops are easy to clean with a damp cloth, though skip the soap and wipe up any moisture to ensure that your slab and finish look great for a long time.

To learn more about recycled paper countertops or corbels visit the Metropolis Iron Learning Center.

Corbelsfrom MetropolisIronCorbels have long been an integral part of architecture.  Throughout the centuries, these subtle and yet very strong architectural components lend their support to extruding surfaces, giving these surfaces the much needed ability to bear weight.  Corbels get their name from the Old French word based on the Latin “corvellus.”  Corvellus is Latin for “raven,” which indicates that corbels are named for their beak-like shape.

While these much needed components were originally made from concrete or stone, the Victorian Era ushered in the concept of wooden and iron corbels.  Able to be made much smaller than their stone counterparts, this allowed for the use of corbels to spread from the libraries and cathedrals, into smaller community buildings and even an individual’s home, while allowing for another transition.  Originally, corbels were primarily a creature of function.  Though often still made with artistry in mind, they were mainly an invention born of necessity.  With the advent of wooden and iron corbels, design became a primary feature.  Instead of structural corbels that were also decorative, the focus changed.  Now corbels were seen as mainly decorative, though also structural.

Iron corbels and countertop support brackets offer a tremendous versatility in design, with myriad possibilities for both the style and color of the corbels.  Metropolis Iron is sure to carry a decorative corbel perfectly suited to your next project!

TravertineCountertopsRDCUTAHTravertine, similar to marble and granite is a naturally beautiful stone that is formed over years of accumulation of minerals under intense pressure & heat.  This natural mineral is made when minerals dissolved under water leave behind sediments on the outskirts of beaches.  Because travertine is a natural stone, there is a large variety of designs, colors and shades in which it is formed that include walnut, cream, gold, beige and ivory.  Most of the colors and designs are formed naturally over time by the mixing of impurities and iron components.

The excellent visual appeal of travertine is entirely dependent upon the way it has been polished or treated to give shine and outclass strength.  There are basically 4 types of finishes in which travertine come in. these are: Shiny, Matte, Tumbled and Brushed

The tumbled travertine countertops are a textured & surfaced material that does not reflect light, making it a dull type of aesthetic look.  When the tiles are polished, they shine in a way that is unmatched by any other shine.  Tumbled travertine is the most common form of countertop available.

As with any stone countertop, extra support should be considered when installing a travertine countertop.  Using a countertop support bracket or corbel from Metropolis Iron will provide the support needed by a travertine countertop and add an extra decorative touch to your kitchen. Stone and iron are complimentary material mediums to each other.

DIY-Reclaimed wood countertopRecently we’ve been covering a lot of green home ideas and how to create an environmentally friendly room here on our Metropolis Iron blog!  I recently had a friend that remodeled their kitchen and went for an amazing, green countertop option, reclaimed wood.  Though most kitchen counters are made from stone, ceramics or another type of solid slab, reclaimed wood counters can be a viable and attractive option.  By salvaging these materials and preventing them from ending up in the landfill-with the added benefit of preserving existing trees which would otherwise be cut down, you can add warmth and character to your kitchen design.

The best place to start your search for reclaimed wood countertops is the local architectural salvage yard.  Be prepared by bringing a sketch with the dimensions of wood that you require.  While you can’t expect to find the perfect piece, you can at least gauge whether combining two or more pieces of salvaged wood can adequately cover your counter area.  After all, the whole concept behind this look is to not achieve perfection.  Don’t shy away from wood slabs with uneven edges, embedded knots or sanded nail heads.

Wood can be salvaged from many sources and transformed into flooring or countertops.  Typical sources for reclaimed wood include old barns and other rustic structures, barrels and even scraps that have been sitting at the bottom of a river.  Time and wear impart character, and your reclaimed wood counter will truly be one of a kind.  Common salvaged wood specials include heart pine, white oak, red oak, chestnut and cypress.

Reclaimed wood countertops can tend to be on the bulkier side, so prior to installing, you will want to be sure to purchase a set of countertop support brackets in the correct size for your project.  Our corbels are designed with strength and durability in mind and come in an array of designs and finishes that complement many design situations.


Alkemi Countertop FromEcosimplistaWebsiteMore and more homeowners and designers are choosing to employ green and sustainable products when building or redesigning a home.  The “Green Movement” has definitely taken hold and many common home items are now being offered in recycled forms including kitchen countertops and corbels.  If you are looking for a “wow” factor in a eco-friendly countertop, alkemi countertops are like none other. Many of the materials we use in the fabrication of the iron corbels are green products as well since many of them are made from “casted iron”.  Casted iron is various forms of iron melted and poured into molds to be used as a secondary life of a product.

Alkemi countertops have a modern and funky feel and are made from recycled items.  The material is created with fine flake aluminum scraps salvaged from milling operations that are embedded into a clear low-VOC polyester-based composite sealing the shavings into the resin.  This clear coated finish leaves visible the curves, coils and edges of the shavings for a visually stimulating finish.  These aluminum scraps would otherwise be burned releasing harmful toxins into the environment.  By transforming the shavings into a usable kitchen countertop, these waste materials are being reused in an environmentally friendly way.

Alkemi can be a heavy, bulky item to work with, so when using an alkemi slab in a kitchen countertop design, proper support should be used.  Metropolis Iron’s large line of corbels/countertop support brackets was designed with strength in mind and can keep your alkemi recycled countertop properly supported.  Available in an array of styles and finishes our corbels can be used in any design solution or style!

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