This Traditional Material Is Making a Major Comeback in Home Decor

published Mar 22, 2022
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Iron decor items are having their moment right now, ranging from candlestick sconces to cast iron sculptures to primitive candelabras. These 19th-century-inspired accessories can either be moody, timeless, quirky, or regal, depending on how you incorporate them into your space. 

Because wrought and cast iron are now free from any design rules — you don’t need to have a darkly lit castle to pull them off — it’s easier than ever to experiment with them. Iron accents have been popping up on TikTok and Instagram design accounts over the last few months as people toy around with the unique patinas and silhouettes. Mallory Fletchall from the popular home design blog Reserve Home has a pair of wavy wrought iron candlesticks, giving the old classic a new twist. Vintage Instagram stores like Studio Collective and Vessel Vintage carry carefully-curated wrought iron pieces that you can get creative with.

If you want to embrace the wrought iron and cast iron trend, here are seven accents to work into your home.

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For a modern take on the wrought iron trend, go with a brutally minimalist piece, like this elongated wall sconce. Pair it with a thin, tapered candle to really highlight its linear silhouette.

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Iron has an old-world feel, and that is especially true for candleholders. When you combine dark iron and flames, you’re thrown into a historic image of hearth and home. But combining old iron with a modern shape like a squiggle makes it feel both timeless and trendy.

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Turn your dining room into a majestic hall with the help of this five-arm candleholder, which looks like something you would find in a medieval castle. It’s got a mid-century monastery vibe that will have you shunning electricity in favor of candles.

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Just because iron is currently a design trend doesn’t mean people want to be dragging heavy iron accents from room to room. CB2 has a statement-making faux cast iron sculpture that stands nearly two feet tall. Made from a mixture of iron and cast aluminum, it has similar tonal variations to real cast iron.

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Finnish Design Shop

Swap out the traditional candelabra on your coffee table for this Picasso-inspired version. Supported by a triangular base, the arms jut out in angles and curves, creating a modern and unexpected silhouette.

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Urban Forge

Are you looking for something a little more earthy? Do you want an iron candlestick holder that has natural shapes and a fluid form? Then take a peek at this holder, which has a swirly base that'll remind you of enchanted vines.

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Iron Accents

If you want a pair of primitive candlestick holders that look like they were forged by the village blacksmith down the road, you can’t go wrong with this tall and rustic candelabra.