Doors are functional things - they provide a movable barrier between one room and another, or the inside and outside of our home, office or shop, they provide privacy when closed and freedom of movement when open. The door itself may be wooden, have glass panels, be made of a composite material or uPVC and of course you may choose to paint it, stain it, colour it in some way or leave it plain. In the majority of cases, one other thing that doors have in common is the presence of a handle!
Depending on where the door is, and what purpose it serves, you may only need to have a simple and quite basic style of handle that allows for operation of the latch enabling the door to be opened, such as on a front or back door (the lock also sitting within the handle plate). That said, there's still an opportunity to jazz up the door a bit here! You might choose a finish that adds some shine to the door, like a polished chrome or polished stainless steel, or you might decide that as a change to a backplate style handle, you're going to go for a handle on rosette and partner it with an escutcheon around the keyhole instead. You may even go a step further and revolutionise your front door entry by using a digital, key-free door handle, creating what's referred to as an Access Control system.
Once inside your home, or office, or shop, or maybe it's a hotel or restaurant....there's likely to be more doors that need to have a handle. Again you have a choice of handles on rosette, or handles on backplate, or if you want something that looks quite different you may well choose a handle with a concealed rose. These days there's a massive choice of designs, styles and finishes to choose from, and as such you can make a real statement on your doors with some well thought out door furniture.
If it's a bathroom or shower-room door, there's no need for them to be forgotten either! Privacy Turns & Releases have had something of an overhaul in design terms and are no longer restricted to the functional and sometimes unattractive devices you find on the cubicles in a motorway service station. If you've got a handle style in mind that has a square rosette, you can match it up with a privacy turn and release that has a square design too. If you prefer having it 'all in one' with a backplate handle, there are now many more styles beyond the traditional Victorian Scroll or Georgian design (of course these are well suited to period homes!)
Similarly you may have a door that also has a key hole to consider, and again there's plenty of scope to make this a feature using keyhole escutcheons paired with handles on roses, or modern and stylish backplate door handles where everything is once again all in one.
Once upon a time door handles were largely finished in brass or aluminium, and there wasn't much choice on the design front either. Today we've got ranges that combine chrome with leather, brass with ceramics, satin/brushed stainless steel with polished stainless steel, not forgetting handles with glass lever grips or polished nickel to name but a few.
So, give your home a refresh and let your style and personality shine through on your doors too! Take a look at our ranges (we're constantly adding to them as well), and remember that if you select any 10 items from our new range (that's door handles on rosette, door handles on backplate, privacy turns and releases and escutcheons) you can take advantage of our 'Whole House Discount' and save 10% on your order.
Written by Maudie Hughes