Choosing a Railing Style-Traditional or Modern?
Written By Evelyn Simmons
There are so many styles and types of railings to choose from. Sometimes the selection can be overwhelming. Often railing styles break down into two categories: traditional or modern. Your space typically dictates the style, the feel and look of your railing, this can be applied to both exterior and interior spaces.
If you have a more modern feeling space that is open and airy with updated finishes such as stainless-steel or dark bronze finish, then the railing style should be modern to match the feel of the space. Often more modern spaces are more open so the railing style should mimic that. With a more open space the railing can also be a statement piece and act as a decorative element.
A space that is more traditional and older that has wood tones and a more of a brass or bronze tone, should have a railing that is more traditional in style and ties into the space. Traditional railings elements, such as lambs’ tongues and scroll work give a railing a more traditional vibe.
Scale is also important. If you have larger open spaces, you want the railing style to also be as open as codes will allow with a simplistic feel. If the space is grand and large, you can use larger material sizes. In a large space a smaller railing material can be lost and feel out of place. If you have a small space you don’t want the railing to be too busy and overwhelming. Simplistic and smaller scale railing material usually helps to open up a smaller space.
If you can narrow down your choice of railing style to either traditional or modern, you can then approach the railing style like a design element for your space. You can then choose from an array of options for your railing style. But it will help to choose the type of railing style you want in your space and make your design process less overwhelming.
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