Balustrades are an essential part of many homes. You cannot sacrifice safety, but you also put so much effort into making your home look perfect and balustrading can sometimes interfere with this delicate balance. The secret is to choose your quality balustrades in Adelaide wisely.
Many interior balustrades are black iron lace designs. This is a common choice, however it is perhaps not the most logical choice for those wanting to lessen the impact of this feature. A black structure against white or cream walls is instantly going to draw attention, not to mention the often outlandish elaborate designs they feature. The negative space present in an iron balustrade has the right idea but is executed poorly. Instead, opt for a muted metal design, with three or four horizontal wires forming the wall. Gunmetal grey is a much more subtle approach compared to stark black. The wires themselves are also far thinner and less obvious than thick iron. Being able to see through your balustrades allows the space to seem bigger, whereas solid walls immediately close in the space.
You also want to look to match your balustrading with other elements in your home if at all possible. Metal may look fantastic in ultra-minimalist, modern homes. It can look stunning when paired with a polished concrete floor, simple downlights and metallic furnishings and decorations. By contrast, many homes make more use of timber accents than metal. Whether you’ve got timber beams running across the ceiling, exposed brick walls or a prominent timber mantel, these features would all pair well with a timber balustrade. Balustrading on the exterior of the home protecting balconies can take cues from the surrounding environment as to what material it should be made from. Urban cityscapes might dictate a glass, metal or even concrete wall. On the other hand, leafy suburbia or more rural areas can use timber to complement the trees. Glass is also the obvious choice if you want to drink in the view as much as possible.
Glass is the ultimate way to have your balustrades perform their important function yet visually blend into the background. Make sure that you opt for an extra strong, perhaps double pane style that absorbs the occasional shock or bump. Transparent glass gives the illusion of the balustrade not even being there, or taking up no space at all. They will require some sort of hand rail, and framing is optional. For outdoor balconies, privacy may be more of a factor. In this scenario, you might wish to consider frosted, tinted or otherwise patterned glass. It is still a very gentle approach that will not ruin the façade of your home, but offers a little more cover than traditional glass. Glass is the only real choice for showing off some clever design work. For example, floating stairs can look absolutely sensational, but any balustrading which isn’t transparent would completely ruin the appeal. Balustrades can actually be a clever architectural feature to open up space, rather than close it in. A staircase leading to a second floor or mezzanine need not have a solid wall on either side, but can instead rely on a balustrade that adheres to regulation.
Of course the best way to minimise balustrades is to not have them at all if you can. Any level less than one metre from the ground does not need a balustrade according to the Australian Building Code. This means that raised platforms in the kitchen or living areas can be left completely open, unless of course you are worried about safety and young children. Get in touch with Fencing World for more information on Australian Balustrades Regulation in Adelaide.