Friday, March 19, 2010

Shelf Bracketology: A Surefire Guide To Picking A Winning Bracket

It is March and everyone is talking about brackets. Brackets, brackets, brackets. It would be madness to think that we could stop this talk about brackets so today I join in and talk brackets; shelf brackets.

The selection of the perfect shelf bracket is a matter of opinion but there is some advice I can share. I suppose sharing advice on bracket selection makes me shelf bracket’s slightly more handsome equivalent to Jay Bilas. Like choosing door hardware, vent covers, or other architectural hardware, you should choose shelf brackets that complement other décor in your home and décor is typically predicated on the style of the home.

The hardware of Colonial America was usually hand forged from iron by skilled blacksmiths. Cast iron shelf brackets in a flat black finish work well in early American homes while the medieval aura of filigree shelf brackets in black cast iron seem most appropriate in homes featuring Gothic architecture.

The Victorian era is known for its highly detailed ornamental designs. Shelf brackets featuring interweaving scroll patterns and lacy garnishes might befit a home belonging to Queen Anne herself. Shelf brackets in antique finishes blend in with other antiques found in Victorian homes.

In contrast to the fanciful Victorian era, the Arts & Crafts period favored simple handcrafted designs with dark metal finishes. Shelf brackets in sand cast bronze with a dark brown patina or those constructed of cast iron and finished in a black powder coat tend to coordinate best with hardware found in bungalows of the Arts & Crafts era. Bronze shelf brackets are also popular in rustic settings.

For a modern home, contemporary brushed nickel shelf brackets are the current trend.

Millions of people, including President Barrack Obama, are studying brackets this week. Hopefully, you'll find this guide helpful in your bracket selection whether the bracket's purpose is to display a NCAA Basketball Championship trophy or a family heirloom.

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