There is nothing quite as forbidding as an iron door, and in Barcelona we have plenty of those. Forbidding as they may seem, there are some rather gorgeous ones. I’ll show you, just come with me…
Above, a stark modern door, softened somewhat by its wooden handle, and not so forbidding, but all the more inviting, thanks to the glass pane next to it.
Below, the double doors to a former alms house, just around the corner from the Cute Suite, on Carrer Elisabets. The pretty detailing makes the doors look sweeter. I love the smaller door that is craftily inset into the large door on the right, and also the rather lovely wooden plaque with its slot for monetary donations. Cute, isn’t it?
Adding details to iron doors makes them seem more ‘friendly’ and so most iron doors in Barcelona are well dotted with flowers, knobs or other detailing, such as the dainty door handles on the doors of this museum (below).
Iron doors can also be made more forbidding by adding iron grilles and crests. These doors (above) are very beautiful though. Their detailing is very rich. Click on the photo for a close up, and you’ll see what I mean.
Two more examples of richly ornamented iron doors – these two of the ‘friendly’ variety, although their extreme luxury is rather imposing, I think. Gorgeous though.
Just check out the details on the door above on this close-up shot below. Pretty fancy, right? I think is the most ornate door I have discovered to date. But I am always on the lookout, so I may yet surprise you with another sometime.
In any case, I hope you enjoyed these doors. Tomorrow a post on blinds. Yes, the ‘lowly’ blind! Nice too, you’ll see!