It is the little things that make a house a home – those small touches that make your home unlike any other in the world. Forged iron hand railings are an excellent way to add this type of personality around your indoor and outdoor staircases. (The examples here are all via Irish company Bushy Park Ironworks.)

Ranging from elegant classic shapes to organic curves and swirls, the iron railings and balustrades take staircases from boring and samey to totally unique.

The contemporary railings are an update on the old classic wrought iron railing designs that once graced homes around the world. Rather than seeming visually heavy and outdated like their predecessors, the modern versions are graceful and airy.

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This new age of iron balustrades incorporates materials other than iron in some of the surprisingly beautiful creations. Some contain glass, ceramics, stone and wood alongside a variety of metals. The end result is an endless variety of totally personalized touches for the home.