Wrought iron furniture is extremely versatile and looks great in virtually any setting, lending itself to whatever your existing décor dictates. For those who are looking at a new design or re-model here’s why iron furniture, structures and accessories will grace any style of landscape design from contemporary to Oriental.
What we refer to as a cottage garden, originated in the late 1800s – a homely and functional garden for the ‘working classes,’ a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. It is a very distinctive style, informal and charming, think chocolate box. Use traditional materials – anything to give the impression of an old-fashioned, country garden. An abundance of dense, flowering plants, climbers and don’t forget the roses, will create a romantic, lush space. Wrought iron furniture fits in extremely well with this design due to its charm and elegance. Very popular in that era, an authentic cottage garden would have been very likely to include this type of furniture.
The look you are aiming for is streamlined and minimalist. Contemporary gardens have become increasingly popular as they are designed for low maintenance and look great in urban areas or for those with limited space. This type of outdoor space is more about hard landscaping than planting. A modern garden is all about bold, clean lines, making wrought iron furniture perfect. You’ll find it available in very modern, striking designs nowadays, not just the somewhat old-fashioned curls and swirls. Metal can be sculpted to form the most unique patterns and designs. It’s also low maintenance – once again fitting in very well to the modern lifestyle.
This design mimics rustic old Tuscany, the romance of France, the Greek islands or sunny Spain. Some styles are rustic and relaxed, while others are sumptuous and sophisticated. The defining characteristics of a Mediterranean garden are warmth, lushness and old-world charm. Go for lush, aromatic plants and rustic materials. Elegant, wrought iron furniture fits in well in this type of garden, combining simple and rustic with elegance and finesse. An iron gazebo or pergola is also a common feature, providing a shady spot to relax.
Genuine Oriental designs have culture, religion and traditions intertwined, taking you on a journey through mind, body and spirit. Wrought iron furniture works well here because it gives a sense of antiquity – linking the past to the future is part of the Oriental tradition. A garden is considered to be a work of art in some cultures, where they use rare-shaped, rocks, stones, moss and shrubs to represent various objects in an abstract way. A natural design, embracing the seasons, normally incorporates several elements. Water – this can be real or symbolic, rocks or stone arrangement, a pavilion or gazebo – for serving tea, a bridge or pathway and lanterns.
As you can see, wrought iron furniture offers complete flexibility. If in a few years, if you decide to revamp your garden once more, it will fit in with whatever you style you choose. You can also alter the colour and style of your cushions so the furniture will effortlessly merge into your new setting.
Avi Reisman works on the design team at Metal Design Furniture Ltd. Avi’s articles on interior design, landscaping, Iron Gazebos garden furniture, Wrought Iron Furniture and metal work are a must read for anyone considering investing in a feature piece of Wrought Iron Furniture for their home.
Metal Design Furniture Ltd, based in London, produce quality metal furniture; using a merger of advanced robotic technology with traditional handicraft. The result is high-end, exquisite metal furniture that will stand the test of time. Furniture is all manufactured in Europe, and they retail their furniture all across the UK.