Balcony Railing Ideas

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Balconies are a great addition to windows and doors that add beauty and elegance to your home. Artistic ironworks and sculpted concrete balconies create graceful perches to enjoy the scenery. Balconies are attractive from the interior and exterior, providing a romantic European flair to your home.

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False Balcony

Juliet balconies are the perfect example of false balconies. They were originated in Europe to take advantage of the beautiful ocean views and scenery. They acquired their name from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, because Juliet courted Romeo from her small balcony.

Juliet balconies are constructed of metal that appears to be a full balcony but is not. False balconies are extremely shallow, sometimes only inches deep. Juliette balconies are usually found accenting French doors and sometimes on large opulent windows.

The metal working on these balconies can be very simple to exquisitely intricate with artistic scrolls and curves. Juliet balconies are now available ready-made to be easily installed onto your home.

Faux Balcony

Faux balconies give the appearance of being a balcony without functioning as a balcony. These balconies are purely decorative and are commonly found on windows as decorative railings. Faux balconies are ordinarily made of wrought iron, but have been known to be manufactured of aluminium.

True Balcony

True balconies actually have a platform to stand on and have a deck surface of 15-1/2 inches. Support braces are attached to accommodate a person's weight for walkout purposes. True balconies can be made from wrought iron, steel or concrete, but wrought iron is more popular in modern design.

Ideas for Railing Décor

False, faux and true balconies can all be decorated with flower boxes specially designed for railings. Flower boxes not only add great curb appeal to the front of your home, but also make great scenery for the homeowner, as well. False and true balconies have space to accommodate flower pots and planters. These flowers can create a beautiful accent to your balcony railing.

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