What’s Your Style? Hardware Finishes Edition

What’s Your Style? Hardware Finishes Edition

Choices, choices. With so many great hardware finishes to choose from, how do you know which style is right for you?

We all know that swapping out your door hardware can be a quick, inexpensive way to update the look of the doors in your home. However, you want to make sure your chosen hardware matches your established style and fits with the décor of your home. Here are a few questions to consider:

What other hardware is visible in the room?

Does your door share a space with drawer pulls or light fixtures? Consider how your chosen new hardware would look with the existing hardware already in the space. For instance, if you have polished chrome drawer pulls, you may not want an antique brass doorknob.

How do you feel about mixed metals?

Contrary to popular belief, mixing metals doesn’t have to be a décor no-no. In fact, when done intentionally, it can be quite visually appealing. Just try to find metals that still complement each other, rather than clash. Often, stark opposites work the best here — picture matte black hardware with polished brass drawer pulls, for instance.

What style inspiration does the rest of the room follow?

If you have a modern styled room, it might not make much sense to outfit it with an antique-style hardware set. Similarly, if you’ve decorated a room with earth tones and traditional décor, chrome hardware may stick out like a sore thumb. Do you best to imagine how your décor style will match up with your hardware style. 

What type of feel are you looking for?

The shape and feel of your doorknob can make a big difference. Picture yourself turning the doorknob every single day. Do you prefer a leverset or a knobset? How would opening and entering a door with each type of hardware feel? Pro tip: if you have small children, they’ll be able to open a leverset door on their own earlier.

Our final piece of advice: browse choices with an open mind. Narrow it down to a few that feel right to you and take your time considering how they’ll look on your door. Remember, hardware isn’t permanent, so don’t feel too much pressure. With so many lovely choices, you really can’t go wrong.

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