So you have decided to undertake a home remodeling project, and you think you’ve thought of everything. Fresh paint for the walls, perhaps some new carpeting…if you are redoing the kitchen, new cabinetry, maybe the same if you are redoing the bath. The big things like these, as well as decorative touches like window treatments, rugs, throw pillows on the sofas and chairs, and pictures for the walls, are always the things we think about first when we give a room in our home a makeover, regardless of what room that might be.
But if you have not considered also updating your door hardware in the course of your home improvements, you are missing out on a change you can make that will really give the new décor of the room a finished, pulled together look. In that way, it will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the room, even though it might sound like a small detail to worry over at first blush. In the home décor business, plain and stodgy door knobs are a thing of the past – though, of course, you can still use those if they are what floats your boat – and decorative hardware has become increasingly popular. With decorative door hardware, you can dress up your door in the same way you dress up a window with a new set of drapes or add a pretty vase to an end table or mantelpiece. They are a way to add one more touch of style to the room.
Decorative door hardware is available in an amazing array of shapes, colors, styles and finishes, so you can’t help but find some pieces that fit in with the room’s color scheme and style perfectly. For nature lovers, you can find door knobs in the shape of flowers or made from natural materials like wood and stone. You can even find door levers shaped like small branches. For elegant and Victorian style rooms, choose glass door knobs with beveled edges that catch the light.
From ornate wrought iron to smooth antique brass to stainless steel and everything in between, choosing beautiful decorative hardware will add that perfect finishing touch to your room, and since adding new hardware to a door is an easy do it yourself project and the pieces themselves are relatively inexpensive, you can complete the project in a few hours and have a new room accent you can be proud of without breaking the bank or having to call in a professional.
Many times people are unhappy with the overall look of a space and can’t really put their finger on why. If you look at your room and think that it just doesn’t look quite finished or that it just doesn’t have the pizzazz you wish it did, look carefully at your hardware. All too often people use the door knobs and hinges that came with a standard door or they used hardware that was cheap and boring. Changing out the door hardware can instantly give a room more interest and polish. Here are some tips to help you pick door knobs and hinges that will elevate your space to a design masterpiece.
Start with the Door Knob
The most obvious place to begin when considering door hardware is with the door knob. Chances are you have a very standard door knob in a stock color like silver or gold. There are so many different decorative door knobs available in great finishes to amp up the appeal of any design aesthetic. You can easily find everything from decorative reproduction hardware or vintage doorknobs for an antique feel to very modern, sleek lever door handles in polished chrome or stainless steel. Most doorknobs are pretty standard and can be easily replaced, but even if the old doorknob is non-standard, a decent contractor can retrofit a new one inexpensively. Pick a doorknob that really speaks to you and your overall design. It is worth spending a few extra dollars to get the perfect doorknob instead of settling with something because it is cheap. The difference in look will more than make up for the difference in cost. Don’t limit yourself to the small selection readily available off the shelf at your local hardware store. It is worth your while to look online and through special order hardware catalogues at home improvement warehouses to select the doorknob that is just right.
Consider All Your Other Visible Hardware
The doorknob to an major entry or interior door is a great place to start in selecting the right style and finish of your hardware, but you shouldn’t stop there. Carefully take a look at all the other hardware easily seen on the door such as the door kick plates, hinges, and any other hardware latches. Typically your door knob will be part of an entire collection of door hardware, so it will be easy to find the other hardware pieces that match. If you don’t find an exact match within a collection, simply look for that part in another brand or set that has the same color, surface finish, and basic style. Finally, you are going to want to make sure than any other hardware contained in the same space is also replaced. Look at all your cabinet door handles, cupboard hardware, storm door handles, furniture hinges and the like. You can find specialty hardware readily to easily replace all these things for a professional, finished look throughout the room.