Whether you're looking to freshen up your home ready to put it on the market, or have decided that a mini makeover is due to brighten up the place, no doubt you'll have spent a reasonable amount of time considering the colour scheme, theme and all those other design related points. Maybe you've got it planned out on a Pinterest board, or it's sketched out in a notebook, but have you gone as far as to think about your door handles?
Don't forget your Door Handles!
Unless you've got plain unpainted wooden doors, chances are you'll be giving spending a little time sanding, prepping and painting the doors as part of your redecoration. Not only that, to make sure you get a great finish, you'll be taking the door handles off briefly because lets face it, trying to paint round them without getting paint on them is just a faff! So, seeing as you're going to make that extra bit of effort to get a perfect finish, why not treat your doors to a spot of TLC and give them some new handles?
Once upon a time, the range of door handle styles available was pretty limited and not exactly exciting, but these days there's a superb variety of finishes, designs, styles and shapes to choose from.
Backplate or Rose?
I have a small confession to make - up until about a month ago, I didn't know what a door handle on a backplate was, never mind a door handle on a rose. As far as I was concerned a door handle was a door handle! Essentially, these descriptions refer to whether or not the handle has a longer metal plate behind it, or a smaller square or circle between the lever piece of the handle and the face of the door.
Door handles on a backplate look like those shown in the image on the left. Many design style collections are available in three 'formats' which are from left to right in the picture backplate with keyhole, blank backplate or latch only and backplate with privacy turn (more easily recognisable as a bathroom door handle). This style of handle is often thought of as being more traditional, although with some of the finishes and lever designs available now you can find some quite interesting and funky ones that look great in more modern and contemporary interior design schemes. With this type of handle you will always see the screws that hold the plate to the door (quick tip - to give a neat finish, make sure that the heads of the screws all line up with each other!). If this is the kind of handle you're looking for, pop on over to our range by clicking here.
Door handles on a rose are like those shown in the image on the right. These have a smaller square or circular mounting behind the lever of the handle, giving a slimline and sleek look, and thanks to how this style is designed, you rarely have screws showing on the door, giving the handle an even more minimal appearance. Well suited to modern and futuristic design schemes, there are also some surprises in store with some designs making them a credible consideration for a retro or more traditional interior too. By combining this style of handle with keyhole escutcheons or privacy turns and releases you can easily achieve continuity of theme throughout your premises. Take a look at our range of door handles on rose by clicking here, and see the escutcheons and privacy turns here!
With any luck you've now got some great ideas on finishing off your interior design scheme so enjoy getting all the work done to perfect your look and don't forget the door handles!
Fancy seeing more of the range - take a look at the Door Handles playlist on our YouTube channel.
Written by Maudie Hughes