Balustrades have attained an almost universal importance when it comes to house building and house decoration. In fact, balustrades are not a recent architectural phenomenon. The history of balustrades can be traced back to the great Roman Empire when the ruling elite started building huge mansions and palaces with these balustrades as a major feature of the external and internal architecture.
The importance of balustrades has transcended down the historical upheavals and has become a major feature of architecture and home decoration. However, some big problems are associated with balustrades. The biggest issue is that of selecting the right balustrade for your house. A number of factors come into play and you cannot neglect any of them.
Construction of the house
If you live in a small house, balustrades cannot be installed in a big fashion. In most cases, people turn to balustrades while installing staircases and balconies. However, the problem of space restricts them to install only a couple of balustrades. The best way of doing this is to install balustrades on the staircase railings as well as small balconies erected in front of bedrooms. This strategy would add a great dimension to your interior and exterior home decoration and that too without any major expenses.
Bigger houses, on the other hand can maximise the use of balustrades, as they have plenty of space. They can make use of balustrades in balconies, stair cases, facades and open-air arcades, among other places. Additionally, they can use intricate designs of balustrades that require more space as compared to a small house.
Architecture of the house
More importantly, it is the architectural design of a house that dictates the use of balustrades. If you are a fan of vintage design, and you have constructed your house according to vintage standards, balustrades would look great and add to the beauty of the house.
On the contrary, modern architectural designs do not allow any room for the use of balustrades. Glass is used extensively in modern housing designs and this includes glass railings. In that case, the use of a vintage looking balustrade would spoil the whole ambiance of the construction.
However, there are some interiors settings where you can blend the contemporary design with a vintage touch. In that case, you can use balustrades on the internal balconies and staircases with a glass touch on the external section of the house. This combination of balustrades would enhance the beauty of your house and would also add to the style quotient of your house.
Once you have analysed the architecture and other settings of your house, it is time to select the right balustrades for your house. As mentioned earlier, small houses do not need any extravagant balustrades. A simple balustrade selection would be more than enough. Bigger houses, of course can enjoy a greater variation. Again, select a balustrade that fits the overall construction of the house and the place where you are going to install it.