Paint Colors for Iron Gates and Fences

 by Kendra Wilson

Are railings always black?

Before the middle of the 20th century, ironwork was not black. It was much more likely to be green, gray, or red-brown.

Gardenista has a very interesting article on the development of paint colours used on ironwork that dispels the popular myth that Queen Victoria is responsible for all the black ironwork we see today.

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