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When many people think of metal brackets they usually envision unattractive industrial styled pieces of angled metal that support shelving in closets and garages. While that type of bracket still has its place there is also a wonderful assortment of architecturally inspired decorative brackets that can be used for shelving supports and so much more.

There is a large selection of decorative architectural brackets available; sturdy cast iron brackets, unique forged iron brackets, quality wrought iron brackets, and beautifully detailed aluminum brackets, and many are available in a variety of custom colors.

Materials Used In Decorative Metal Brackets

Aluminum Brackets:

Aluminum is a silvery-white metallic element, having good conductive and thermal properties. It is used to form many hard, light-weight, corrosion-resistant parts. The aluminum castings used in our brackets are poured from ingots equal to or better than no. 319 alloy, giving them strength and durability at approximately 1/3 the weight of iron.

Cast Iron Brackets:

Unlike wrought iron, cast iron is too hard and brittle to be shaped by hammering, rolling, or pressing. However, because it is more rigid and more resistant to buckling than other forms of iron, it can withstand great compression loads. Cast iron has the benefit of mass production. Once the mold is made many copies can be produced for reasonable cost.

Tole Iron Brackets:

Tole is metal that has been rolled into thin sheets. It is cut and formed into designs such as leaves and welded to the forged brackets.

Wrought / Forged Iron Brackets:

The term forged means hammered and shaped on an anvil when hot, usually prior to being wrought or added to a wrought design. Wrought iron designs are made by heating and bending or forming the rods of wrought iron.

Ideas For Using Decorative Metal Brackets

With sizes ranging from @ 4″ to 24″ corner brackets can be used for everything from supporting shelves and counters to framing windows and doorways. With so many stunning designs to choose from decorative brackets are sure to spark your creativity.

Corner Brackets

Corner brackets offer a unique way to give an ordinary doorway or window an extraordinary new look. Just mount a set of ornate brackets in the corners of an opening to decorate a doorway or embellish an entrance. Corner brackets can also be attached to posts to add an element of architectural detail on your front or screened-in porch. Decorative brackets are available in styles ranging in design from traditional to rustic so there is sure to be something to blend with your application.

Counter Support Brackets

Wrought and cast iron brackets are available in styles designed to blend in with almost any decor. They are perfect for the home owner who is looking for something different and unique. Although not initially designed to support counter overhangs their fundamental shape and strength makes them a viable alternative to wood brackets or corbels. Many home owners as well as kitchen designers have beautifully enhanced their kitchens design with decorative iron brackets.

Hanging Brackets

Decorative hanging brackets are useful throughout your home and garden. Available in a wide variety of styles and finishes, they can be used as a creative way to beautifully support a plant, bird feeder or hang a candle holder.

Mailbox Brackets

The intricate details and assortment of designs available in aluminum and iron brackets combine function and charm when used as a decorative mailbox support.

Mantle Brackets

An attractive alternative to wood brackets decorative cast or wrought iron brackets are also a great way to support a mantle above the fireplace.

Shelf Brackets

Wrought iron shelf brackets make eye-catching, inexpensive home accents that provide a striking alternative to more traditional shelving. Bracket supported shelves can be used throughout your home. Place them above a kitchen or living room window and line with plants or stagger them along a wall to display books and artwork. Shelf brackets come in a variety sizes and styles that will add a tasteful yet functional accent to your project.

Valerie Kirves is the owner of Iron Accents. Her iron decor expert articles – provide helpful information, news and informative articles on how to use wrought iron furniture and accessories to beautifully decorate your home. For more useful information on decorating with iron and metal visit and

Decorative Arts until 1840’s help!?

I am taking Decorative arts and I have a final. Anyone know anything about this class? I am studying gothic periods, Louis 14, renaissance periods. I need to know ANYTHING about finishes like “Tole” “Marquetry” “Parquetry” ETC ETC. Anyone have any info??? Tell me anything you think is necessary to know about those periods.
I would really just like to know anything standard for those periods- regency, neoclassical, baroque, rococo.

Well ya I do,
but what is your question?
Or be more detailed question.

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