Address Plaques and Drapery Medallions - Iron Works

ModernDraperyMedallionWhen it comes to decorating, choosing curtains can be an exciting way to add a personal touch to the rooms in your home.  But, what about the drapery hardware itself?

Often, homeowners forget that drapery hardware can be just as important and stylish as the curtains themselves, especially when you take advantage of the full range of options available on the market today.

  • Curtain Rods – One piece of hardware that is impossible to overlook is the curtain rod itself. However, most people don’t actually take the time to choose a stylish rod because they believe that it won’t make a difference in their room.  In reality, curtain rods bring the entire window treatment together and an element that you don’t want to be without.
  • Finials – If you’ve never heard of finials before, it’s important to get familiar with them because they are one type of drapery hardware that can really add character to your room.  Finials attach to the ends of curtain rods to give your room a more finished look.  These small touches are available in  many styles and finishes, giving you a wide range of options to choose from.
  • Drapery Medallions – Using drapery medallions can help you better frame your window while still featuring your curtains.  Available in a variety of styles, patterns, and sizes, medallions can add the perfect finishing touch to a room and showcase the beauty of your curtains in a different way!

If you’ve been searching for the perfect modern drapery hardware or drapery medallions for your window treatments, then search no more.  Metropolis Iron is your one stop shop for everything concerning drapery hardware!  We offer the best variety of styles and finishes needed for window treatments.

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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!

Drapery MedallionsCurtains, blinds, both?  Drapery medallions or rods?   These are all questions that designers and homeowners find themselves tackling when redesigning window treatment.

Curtains have been a popular choice for windows for decades.  Since they have been in use for such a long time, they are a faithful and traditional choice as a window cover.  They come in a variety of colors and designs, so it is easy to find one that suits your taste.  You can also choose from a variety of fabrics and sizes.  Hanging your curtains can be accomplished using a traditional drapery rod or a decorative drapery medallion set.

The main advantage of curtains is that they give a cozier feeling than blinds.  They also give a more elegant touch to the décor than other window coverings.  A rich fabric with stylish draperies hung from a custom designed drapery medallion set can bring a touch of elegance, and class to the room that may be difficult to achieve with other alternatives.

Curtains are also a great option if you want privacy in your house.  If you have windows that are overlooking streets, or you live in an urban area, then privacy is a big issue.  Most definitely, you do not want the people passing by to be able to look into your home, and invade your privacy.

If you want complete privacy in your home, choose thicker curtains, or a material that is completely opaque.  One problem you may encounter with thick curtains is that they do not let much sunlight in, and do not give a breezy feeling in the room.  Although they are perfect for the winter months, in summer they can prove to be a hassle.

A good option is to choose curtains that have two layers, one sheer and one opaque.  If you want sunlight to flow in the room and want to enjoy the view outside, all you have to do is draw the opaque part on the fixed hooks on the sides so that only the sheer fabric remains on the window.  If you are not choosing the 2 layer option, ask your fabricator if they intend to line the back of the drapes.  It may add a little cost to the project but the end result is a better suited product.  It’s especially important to preserve the fabric used in the drapery.  These are expensive fabrics that you will want to preserve in any way possible.  Lining the back will help block the sun exposure directly to them.

Your choice of curtains depends on your taste and your needs.  If you are a person who values privacy and does not want noise and distortion in the house, then thick opaque curtains are the way to go.  You have to keep in mind, however, that the style you choose should complement the decor of your room and of the overall home.



Large Drapery Medallions

Large Drapery Medallions

Here at Metropolis Iron, we take our job seriously and try to create out of the box drapery hardware products for designers, drapery fabricators, and more.  Throughout our journey as a company, we have prided ourselves on listening to customers ideas, input, and feedback.  We feel that your ideas help us better understand the needs of our clients.

As Metropolis Iron has grown over the years, our product line has grown and changed, making us the largest, most comprehensive supplier of custom iron drapery hardware and medallions in the US.  We’ve put hours of research into our competitors, their products, and how our products and selection compare.  Our online showroom is by far the largest and features the largest selection of drapery medallions from any single supplier.

Please continue to send your feedback and product ideas!  We love to hear what our clients love and don’t love about our products and it helps us to better serve you and others!

Drapery Medallions and Drapery RodsWe love the look of this room and especially appreciate that the HGTV designers used both drapery rods and drapery medallions in the same setting.  Pulling off a rod/medallion look can be difficult, but with these following tips, anyone should be able to create a beautiful room that incorporates both the drapery hardware design elements.

  • Use the Same Finish:  Using the same color finish on both your drapery medallions and rods will create a cohesive look.
  • Don’t Use a Feature Wall:  Make sure you keep the same color walls throughout the room.  While a feature wall can be a great addition to any room design, keeping the same color throughout, in this instance,  will pull together the look of the drapery hardware.
  • Don’t Mix Patterns:  Keeping the same patterns and colors for fabrics, furnishings, throw pillows, and other accessories will also help tie together your medallion/rod look

Metropolis Iron’s large line of custom drapery rods and medallions come in many styles and finishes that complement each other nicely and help designers to easily create a polished look!

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!


Polka Dots are a Spot on Design Trend

Posted by Misti On January 13th

Polka Dot Drapery Medallions

Polka dots are back in trend and are popping up as design aspects in all rooms of the home.  Polka dots are being used in wall papers, fabrics, and even accessories like these great polka dot drapery medallions from Metropolis Iron.  They are a smooth, button like drapery medallion that range in diameter from 2”-5” and fit into any polka dot themed room. These polka dot drapery medallions can even be converted so they can be added onto to cornice boards.

There are some things you must keep in mind when using polka dots in your design themes.  Here are some polka dot décor dos and don’ts:

  • Don’t Over Do It:  Polka dots can be a great pattern that creates a three dimensional look, but beware, too many polka dots can create a blur in your room.
  • Multicolored Polka Dots for Kids:  Polka dots can be a great addition to a child’s room and if they are created in multiple colors, can even be used as a teaching tool for your young child!
  • Keep it Classy:  Polka dots don’t have to be just for fun, if used in the right color combinations, polka dots can create an elegant, classy look and feel.
  • Alter Sizes:  Creating a design with different size polka dots is whimsical and fun.

Polka dots are a great way to bring pattern into any room in your home and a trend that is expected to grow!

Window Treatment Trends for 2013

Posted by Misti On December 31st

Trendy Drapery Medallions

Throughout 2012, we’ve seen some great home design trends emerge, especially trendy window treatment designs.  One major trend that we’ve noticed in 2012 is “less is more.”  This trend is especially seen in the window treatment industry.  Gone are the days are multilayered, heavy drapes, hung from traditional rods.  2012 saw an explosion of sheers and lighter weight drapes, being hung or even swaged, with drapery medallions of all shapes and sizes.

Another trend we’ve seen changing is the type of rod being used in many drapery designs.  We’re no longer seeing traditional rods, but trendy rods with custom finals to match the design of the room.  Also, we are seeing drapery medallions being used in many more design schemes.  Medallions can be a great alternative to drapery rods that allows curtains to be hung in awkward spaces or to just create a unique look.

Metropolis Iron keeps all of the hottest window treatment designs in mind when creating new medallion, holdbacks, and curtain rod and final designs.  Check out our website for the latest on new products and upcoming projects!  Happy New Year!

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 to discuss your custom drapery medallion needs!

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

One of the complaints that we often hear from professional Interior Designers is about the difficulty they have finding stylish drapery rods for stationary drapery panel designs.  Using drapery medallions to hang stationary drapery panels is the most common solution to this issue.  However, we wanted to provide other solutions for interior designers, drapery workrooms and distinctive homeowners through the creation of decorative drapery rods specifically made for stationary drapery panels.

After experimenting with many different style ideas and configurations, we created the “Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod,” a design exclusive to Metropolis Iron.  The complete drapery rod set comes with a large scroll end that is 11-1/2” H x 7-1/2” W , a small scroll end that is 3-3/4” H x 5” W, up to 4’ of ¾” square drapery rod, wall mount brackets with a 3” projection and touch up paint for concealing screw heads.  The already beautiful design is well complemented by square drapery rings.

The “Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod” will add a degree of elegance and grace to any stationary panel design.  If you like this concept but have another design in mind feel free to contact us.

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod