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Wooden or Metal curtain poles?

When preparing to hang your curtains the decision between whether to choose metal or wooden curtain poles can be confusing. The truth is either one can work for both traditional or contemporary interiors and it is down to personal preference, but there are some things worth further consideration when making your choice. We’ll explore them further here.

When preparing to hang your curtains the decision between whether to choose metal or wooden curtain poles can be confusing. The truth is either one can work for both traditional or contemporary interiors and it is down to personal preference, but there are some things worth further consideration when making your choice. We’ll explore them further here. 

Metal curtain poles

Metal curtain poles

Metal curtain poles can come in a modern or traditional style. For a modern look you could choose finishes such as steel, spun brass, black nickel and chrome, you can change the look with your choice of finial, you can get jewelled, mirrored and glass finials, the stainless steel neo style pumpkin has a glass finial for example. These work well with cool toned fabrics and metallics, or velvets with a sheen. They also complement curtains with metal eyelets which may scratch a wooden pole. For a traditional interior or country look you could choose wrought iron poles which have a timeless feel and a selection of finials; curls, balls, and spears. These often suit floral fabric curtains but also look good with linens for the modern country look.

Wooden curtain poles

Wooden curtain poles come in a variety of finishes and tones, which can suit both modern and traditional interiors. You can have them in a range of natural woods or painted, which will complement both your curtain choice and the wooden elements in your room. Wood is often the stronger choice for heavy weight curtains especially for tall or wide windows, metal poles can bow if the curtains are too heavy. For those that like the look of metal but maybe not the sound of metal rings on a metal pole you can get gilt finishes for wooden poles that look like metal. Try the Gold black chunky pole with a ball finial or the Museum pole in antique silver

Other considerations

Other considerations

Wooden curtain poles can suit curtains made from fabrics that feature other natural elements such as florals, botanicals and animals.

One advantage of a wooden pole is that you can paint an unfinished wooden pole to truly suit your décor. Here’s how to get a professional finish when painting your pole.

For modern interiors you don’t need to make a choice between metal or wooden; you could have both! The Neo Oak poles for example feature metal details to the finials, brackets and rings.

So what will you choose, metal or wooden curtain poles? We hope that this article has helped make your choice a little easier. 

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