We may not pay a lot of attention to our door knobs and lock sets unless they start breaking down or break entirely, but door hardware is actually a very important aspect to consider when making home improvements. The door handles you use for exterior doors (doors that lead in and outside of the home) certainly need your attention, since they provide much needed security and protection for your family, but the home hardware you use on your interior doors (bedroom doors, closet doors, bathroom doors, and the like) are just as important because they not only help provide you and your family with privacy, but they also are a great opportunity to add a little more style and flair to the room.
You obviously need door knobs and handles to open and close a door, but they can be used to make a decorative statement, too, so why not get door hardware that does both? Using your doors to accentuate your décor is a great way to lend a level of detail and care that makes the room look polished and more “done.” This is doubly true if you make it so that your door hardware matches other hardware you may have in the room, such as drawer handles on the kitchen cabinets or cabinet pulls on the bathroom cabinets.
Door hardware comes in many shapes and forms. Regardless of your personal style, you will be able to find a set that matches both your tastes and the look of the room, as well as the functional purposes you need the hardware to serve, such as a stout lock for an exterior door. There are certainly plenty of plain and utilitarian styles out there, but what you want to do is look for something that will add character to the room. If you start thinking of your door hardware as jewelry for your doorways, then you will be off on the right foot.
Look for something that fits in with the already existing décor or the décor you plan to implement if you’re doing a complete remodel. For example, if your living room has a Victorian theme, the using glass or ceramic doorknobs will add a special touch that will really pull the look together. Oil rubbed bronze door hardware will lend a warm and inviting touch to a more traditionally decorated room. Brass or satin nickel hardware look right at home in any style of décor. If you are looking for something for a kitchen door, then match it to the kitchen cabinet hardware, whether it is sleek stainless, bright chrome, or anything in between. Making sure to pay that extra attention to your door hardware will ensure that the room looks pulled together and finished, and will accentuate your style!