Selecting Door Fixture

Whether you`re building your dream house, remodeling an existing home or simply giving your house an exterior facelift, the right door fixture can do a great deal toward enhancing the look of a home. The door is often the first thing that visitors really observe from close range and beautiful door furnishings that harmonize with the rest of the house will catch the eye in a pleasing way.

Door fixtures come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, sizes, materials and finishes. When choosing an appropriate fixture for a door, it`s important to consider several factors:

Design and Period

How is your home designed? Is it a contemporary style, an ultra-modern style, or a Victorian or Queen Anne style? All of these things play a part in the kind of door fixtures you should choose.

Every house has an exterior design scheme and accessories should be chosen to match this overall scheme. If you have a mid-19th century design, complete with gingerbread scrolls, an ornate style of doorknocker and knob will be quite in keeping with the scheme. Likewise, if you have a 20th century A-frame or a contemporary ranch style or adobe style home made of stucco, a sleek, polished knocker and knob of a simple design will be more attractive than an ornate fixture.

Materials
Whether the house is of brick, stone or stucco, door furnishings can be chosen to match and even enhance the overall look of these materials. Warm looking materials such as brick, redwood and old stone are beautifully set off by gold or brass door fixtures with burnished, antiqued finishes, or sleek polished styles ornamented with scroll and leaf patterns. Exterior materials, such as stucco and painted woods and sidings, can be set off attractively by chrome and silver matte or polished fixtures in sleek, simple designs.

Types of Door Fixtures
Whether you want a matching knocker and knob combination or just a simple door knob for a small entrance way, you`ll be able to find the right match by considering the size and style of your home. Larger doorknobs with design work and heavy plates may be more suitable for larger homes and homes with a definite retro-period design, while smaller, plain doorknobs suit smaller and more modern-styled homes.

Other Accessories
Other types of door fixtures include letter plates, doorbell plates, doorknockers and address number and letter plates. While many homeowners prefer a traditional polished brass finish for these items, those with contemporary style homes might want to consider the smooth pewter look of elegant polished chrome.

Knockers
Thanks to the invention of the electric doorbell, doorknockers are no longer a necessity. They are, however, a beautiful decorative touch and are especially attractive for larger homes and retro-styled houses.

Urn Knockers: These are suitable for Victorian, carriage-house and estate house styles and are particularly attractive for larger doors.

Lion`s Head Knockers: These were made famous by the knockers on the British Prime Minister`s residence on Downing Street in London. Like the urn style, the lion`s head style presents an imposing, formal appearance and works particularly well for elegant homes with large entrances.

Whether you`re looking at brass door furniture for a new home or a home you`re renovating, it`s a good idea to first take a good look at the size and style of the house. By assessing the size and design scheme of your entrance way, you`ll be better able to choose the perfect door fixtures for your home