Wrought iron can serve a purely decorative purpose - I love the way it adds texture and interest to this wall.
Wrought iron beds are a romantic mainstay. They're obviously meant for the indoors only, but for some reason, I think of them outside, too - a romantic bed floating in an overgrown field of wildflowers. As a result, they bring a little of that fantasy inside.
Of course, some wrought iron beds are less romantic and instead add a bit of country/industrial to a space.
When I saw this room in Becky's Hamptons house tour ideabook, I fell in love. The spare lines of the iron furniture are perfect for an airy, but sophisticated beach home.
Wrought iron is a great fit for railings - if it works outside, why wouldn't it inside? This leaf pattern is the perfect match for rustic wood walls and stone steps.
Iron doesn't have to be traditional, either. I love this railing, which reminds me of the Italian futurist paintings of the early 20th century.
And this fluid rail reminds me of Matisse's Jazz series.
And it's perfect in warm, dark spaces.
But as much as intricate wrought iron works, it's also great when it's simple. I really like the way it works here as a vanity.
I love the way this chair, likely a part of a patio set, works indoors next to bright colors.
Ditto for this chair and bright wall.
Iron, of course, ultimately tells a story - a long history of industry and individuals who work with the metal. In this home, metal hooks hold instruments that surely have stories of their own - a great example of the "heritage" trend.