From where I am currently sitting in my home, I can literally see three different types of hardware. There’s the standard gold doorknob. There’s also a bronze doorknob, and then a whole bunch of silver pulls in the kitchen. This picture has left me with one big question: Did anyone think anything through?
Whoever decided on the doorknob colors throughout this house must have been crazy. Our bathroom door has a gold doorknob on one side and a silver one on the other. What?
Our hope is to eventually have all the doorknobs the same. But for right now, we have to deal with the madness. Oh, and did I mention our light fixtures are silver too? Ugh!
You don’t realize how important hardware is to the look and feel of a home until it’s installed. Nowadays there’s a plethora of options for hardware — and when I say plethora, I mean it. We’ve been looking at replacing ours lately and there’s so much out there that it is almost overwhelming.
Personally, I love pieces with character. Have you ever been in an old house that still has the crystal or glass door knobs? I just LOVE those. For something so small, they add so much character to a home — not to mention how fancy you feel turning them.
But as much as I love beauty, doorknobs need to be practical. They need to turn and lock if necessary, so I suggest (no matter how silly you may feel) turning them in your hands when out shopping for knobs. By doing this, I’ve realized I like a slightly bigger doorknob because it’s easier for me to turn.
Choosing the right color, on the other hand, isn’t always as easy. We were lucky enough to have these very intricate kitchen pulls when we moved in, but years of kitchen grease and grime left them gross and worn. We cleaned, scrubbed, and spray-painted them a nice clean white color. After putting them back on the cabinets, we decided that color didn’t quite work. So, we then decided on a dark silver that goes much better with the kitchen. Again, I didn’t realize what an impact just the color of these pulls would make until they were up and in place.
For something that is so little and that you almost never think of, hardware can actually make a statement. What statement you want that hardware to make is up to you! Currently, mine is saying, “I need an update,” which I intend to silence in the very near future.