As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.
From the wrought iron window boxes of ancient France to the hayrack trough planters of traditional English cottage gardens, using planter boxes has long been a European tradition. In those days, the use was mostly utilitarian: they housed plants used for food and medicine. Now, window boxes are mostly used for home decoration, and some […]
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Are you struggling to find a way to add more beauty to the exterior of your home? Window planters and landscaping can only do so much for your yard. The addition of wrought iron faux balconies could be the solution that you have been looking for.
Find out how to use faux balconies to boost the value and curb appeal of your home. Read more
Named after the famous scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these faux balconies come in an assortment of styles and designs. Easily installed along the exterior of your home or commercial property, these unique wrought iron balconies provide an affordable method of transforming your property and adding to its curb appeal.
What is a Faux Balcony?
For those that are not familiar with the concept of a faux balcony, they are essentially a decorative balcony that can be added to the exterior of a window. There are fairly easy to install and do not require major construction. Typically made from wrought iron, faux balconies often feature elegant lines and scrollwork. They look great along the exterior of any home and can be used to add more character to a bland window.
Choosing a Juliette Balcony
As with any addition to the exterior of your home, you should make your selection carefully and put some thought into the balcony you choose. Each wrought iron Juliet balcony that we carry is available in a variety of colors and sizes. For example, our Addison Juliet Balcony can be purchased in black, white copper, bronze, silver, or textured bronze. This particular balcony fits closely against the window and a subtle addition that can easily blend in with the exterior appearance of your property. For a more striking appearance, the Brantford Juliet Balcony should be considered. It features highly detailed scrollwork throughout the entire design. The Brantford Juliet Balcony will definitely draw attention to your home and features the same color options as the Addison balcony. If you are looking for a design that is more in the middle, the classical look of our Cassia Juliet Balcony could be what you are looking for. The simple lines and elegant curves along the bottom of this wrought iron Juliet balcony offer a more traditional look and resembles what most people probably imagine when they picture a Juliet balcony.
All of our faux balconies are powder coated to resist rusting and they can also be custom-made to fit a specific window size. Choose a finish and color that matches the overall look you are trying to achieve along the exterior of your home. We have provided a range of colors to choose from for the finish of your faux balcony. Find the size that you need or consider ordering a custom made faux balcony.
Custom Faux Balconies
In addition to the large selection of wrought iron Juliet balconies that you can browse on our website, we also offer custom faux balcony design. We can custom make a balcony to meet your needs and design aesthetics. All of our balconies started as custom faux balcony designs, to get your custom design started, browse our selection here or email us a picture of a balcony and we can show you how we can create a custom design to fit any window or location along the exterior of your property.
A wrought iron Juliet balcony can be both affordable and easy to install outside a window. After taking a look at our selection of Juliet balconies, choose a custom balcony that matches the aesthetics of your property.
Summer is fast-approaching, which means some of the hottest days of the year – the perfect time for gardening, basking in the sunshine, and renovating your home with summertime accents. Give your house, apartment, or business a brand new look without appearing to try too hard, using faux balconies and iron window grilles.
Juliet Faux Balconies
Have you ever gazed up at a building to see a beautiful balcony – only to realize later that it actually wasn’t a balcony at all? Juliet faux balconies add custom curb appeal without the hassle of a real balcony: no architects drawings, no various approvals, and no changing the structure of your home. A wrought iron balcony begins with, you guessed it, wrought iron, which has been handcrafted into swirling loops, hoops, and beautiful twirls. This gives your home an instant dose of elegance that you never knew you were living without until you have it right in front of you.
The faux balcony curves slightly outward, creating the illusion of a real balconette beneath your windows. In turn, this furthers the illusion that your windows are actually beautiful French doors, waiting for you to burst open and greet the sunrise with a smile on your face and a cup of coffee in your hand.
Iron Window Accents
When a balcony railing is a little too far off from what you imagine your summer home makeover to be, stick with iron window accents. Constructed from wrought iron railings, our accentuations fit conveniently, perfectly, and beautifully over small windows. These look best with antiquated home decor, like a house or apartment with the exterior texture and appearance of burnt umber or terra cotta.
Each rod iron railing of these iron window accents is handcrafted, curved and straightened into strong decorations that add pizazz and custom curb appeal to your exterior home decor.
Spruce up a Home for Sale
Many of our Juliet balconies and iron window accents are purchased by the everyday homeowner or apartment tenant, but we encourage everyone to accentuate a beautiful house, apartment, or business for summer. Contractors and property managers are likely to have a little more success selling their houses and buildings when those properties look their best.
Window Accents & Balconies Galore
We at Hooks and Lattice offer a variety of faux Juliet balconies and iron window accents for your perusal. There is truly something here for everyone, and you are encouraged to absolutely take your time and look around for the perfect accent that will make your exterior decor POP. All of the faux balconies and iron rod railings from our collections are custom-made and can be modified to meet the precise needs of your home.
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Balcony gardens are some of the most unique and inspiring green refuges – but has your deck reached its full potential? You can make your deck stand out easily just by adding a few stylish planter boxes to your railings.
Right now, your herb garden looks alright. Your cilantro and basil are healthy and growing. Your lavender is in full bloom, but still, you feel like your garden lacks steam. A railing planter box could be the zest your balcony needs. HooksandLattice.com offers many decorative window boxes that can help spice up your yard and bring your deck to life.
Picking the Right Style for You
- The Arch Decora Metal window box can add a sleek, modern look to your balcony. The design of this box is achieved with a wrought iron cage and a black galvanized metal liner inside. Add a splash of color to this box with some bright, vibrant plants and your balcony garden is sure to look amazing.
- For a more refined, elegant look, you could add the Medallion Decora box to your railing. This box features an iron cage design with a medallion at the center, and a window box liner on the inside to really make the look of the cage pop.
- The Real Copper Lined Del Mar box would give your container garden a lovely antique appearance when the patina process that occurs on certain types of copper takes over. The copper will appear weathered and old fashioned, helping you achieve a nice vintage look.
- Consider adding the Del Mar Flower Pot Holder to your deck railings for a more simplified look, or to complement your railing planter boxes. This flower pot holder is eight inches in size and looks great paired with a brightly colored flower pot, like these painted Terra Cotta flower pots sold at HooksandLattice.com.
Hanging Your Containers
Each of these containers can be added to your garden without any damage occurring to your railings. HooksandLattice.com offers several choices of affordable deck rail brackets for use with Decora boxes, but these brackets can turn any container in stock into the perfect railing box. For wooden deck rails, you can choose rail brackets from sizes 2″ x 4″, 2″ x 6″, and 2″ x 8″ to hang your decorative container. A steel rail bracket is the best choice for wrought iron and metal railings. The beauty of hanging a container from your railing instead of simply underneath a window is that you can use an industrial strength zip tie for added security to your railing. These inconspicuous cable ties are a must have for your container garden.
If these designs appeal to your eye but just don’t complete the idea you had in mind for your deck railing, you can always contact HooksandLattice.com for a custom-made window box planter just for you. Browse through the Decora Window Box section of HooksandLattice.com to find the best railing planters that will bring your deck to life!
Faux Balconies that Make a Statement
A quick and easy way to add character to a home and boost curb appeal is to add a faux balcony. It provides a unique and personalized look without the need for expensive construction of building an actual balcony. Plus, it adds a whimsical touch to both the inside and outside of your home. Here are three ways to use iron home accents to create a faux balcony that really makes a statement:
Named after the great Shakespeare character, Juliet balconies are faux balconies that look like they could be real, but it lies nearly flat against the home. Their iron accents create visual interest and elongate the window, while creating the look of a French door. The Westwood Decorative Balcony mixes contemporary and classic styles for an interesting piece that will match most architectural styles. While Juliet balconies aren’t functional, they bring a sense of the outdoors in and are a great boost to the exterior of your home. For the complete look, use a Juliet balcony off the master bedroom, or across all windows on the upper level to create a uniform and stylish look.
Short Faux Balcony
While most Juliet balconies tend to be taller, some houses look best with shorter, more traditional faux balconies. The key to finding a decorative iron balcony that matches your home is to look at proportions. For homes with a shorter roof or less room under the window, a short faux balcony, such as this classic option, is the way to go. The shorter wrought iron decorative balcony adds interest and enhances the look of the windows without drowning out the rest of the home.
A less traditional take on the faux balcony is to install a decorative pottery shelf. Pottery shelves extend further from the home and are shorter underneath the window that other faux balconies. Like the name implies, they can hold pots or window boxes and can add a burst of colorful flowers to your home. The Dayspring pottery shelf is a charming option that looks great with or without plants and flowers inside. Although the shelf itself is shorter underneath the window, some pottery shelves like this scroll base model, have decorative iron elements underneath the shelves.
No matter which faux balcony you choose, the inside and outside of your home will benefit. The exterior will be lengthened and have an added charming touch, and the inside of your home will be opened and expanded with more access to the great outdoors. Faux balconies are the perfect simple way to make a big statement.
We all know that flower boxes are a great way to add life and color to any home. No matter how dull the walls might look, window boxes will add an element of cheerfulness and freshness to the image, significantly improving your home’s appeal. Moreover, you can also increase your house’s curb appeal by placing window boxes on railings, thus embellishing stairways, balconies or terraces.
This is done with the help of flower box holders which, as the name suggests, allow you to attach your flower box to railing and support the weight of the planters. There are different kinds of holders, and they differ in terms of size, design and, most importantly, the type of the railing they are compatible with and the way in which they attach themselves to the railing.
Holders for wood railings
Railing brackets for wood decks allow you to attach planters securely without having to drill any holes in the material. This is very practical, as it allows you to rearrange planters whenever you feel like making a décor change, without worrying about any unaesthetic holes. These planters use either adjustable railing hooks which allow them to fit on railings of different width, or a clamp system that utilizes an adjustable screw so that it can be attached to any wooden railings, regardless of their thickness.
Holders for wrought iron railings
Many homes use wrought iron railings, which require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan than their wooden counterparts. Rail planters are attached to the deck through brackets similar to the ones for wooden railings. You can choose either adjustable deck railings or metal brackets for your specific rail width.
You can find a great diversity of models of metal brackets for your specific needs. Make sure that you know the measurements of the window box you want to mount on the specific railing, as some types of holders are compatible with window boxes up to a certain width and/or length. And, if you are not opting for an adjustable holder, don’t forget to measure accurately the width of your railing before placing your order. Click Here to contact us for consultation.
All holders on the market are coated with a special finish which makes them impervious to water and humidity, and thus less prone to rust. This ensures a long life expectancy of these products, making them a cost-efficient purchase which can help you add to the curb appeal of your home for many years to come.
Whether you’re looking for a way to spice up your plain, unassuming home or you’re afraid someone may take a tumble out of an upper story floor-to-ceiling window, Juliet balconies are exactly what you need. Unlike a traditional balcony that takes up outdoor space, requires frequent maintenance to ensure safety and can be expensive to install, a Juliet balcony allows your floor-to-ceiling windows or patio doors to open fully, bringing the feel of an outdoor patio to an interior space.
Juliet balconies are essentially just railings that mount to the exterior of a home, either directly to the siding or between columns or along ledges, creating the illusion of a fully functional balcony from afar. There are loads of styles to choose from, adding curb appeal to any style home or building. Small apartments and businesses benefit from the addition of Juliet balconies, especially when rail planters, hanging baskets or shutters are added to the picture.
What’s in a Name?
Juliet balconies go by a plethora of names, including “faux balcony” and “balconet.” The name “Juliet” gives a nod to the Shakespearean play, “Romeo and Juliet,” and appears in architecture catalogs from the 1920s. Even then, the idea of opening up interior spaces and bringing lots of fresh air indoors was appealing where space was limited. Many of the buildings from that era still have their original iron Juliet balconies, especially those with French and Spanish influenced architecture.
Today’s Juliet balconies are made from a wider range of materials than those in the past, running the gamut from traditional wrought iron to lightweight, durable aluminum or steel. Some modern buildings have turned the Juliet balcony on its head by removing the bars in favor of thick pieces of glass – it just goes to show that no matter your architectural flavor, there’s a Juliet balcony perfect for your building.
Safety with a Juliet Balcony
Not only do Juliet balconies look nice, they can help keep your family safe both during and after construction. Floor to ceiling windows and large doors that open to nothing are potential fall hazards for children and adults alike. Juliet balconies typically reach about waist-high on adults and have tightly spaced bars, ensuring that no one accidentally stumbles into a broken leg during a party.
Replacing a second story deck or building one from scratch can take a lot of time if you’re just working on it over the weekend. This is a great reason to install a temporary Juliet balcony. With the upper story door secured by a metal railing, there’s no more worrying that someone will leave it unlocked or open it without thinking – now you can take your time designing and building the perfect upper story deck.
No matter your reasons for installing a Juliet balcony, durable aluminum, iron and steel options will give you many years of service for much less money than a standard balcony and without the hassles. Many companies, like Hooks & Lattice, will even work with you on a custom design to give your home a unique touch.