Choose the Right Doorknob for the Job

Yes, I do know that doorknobs are not the sexiest topic of conversation. But trust me, they’re more important than many people can possibly imagine. Before remodeling our first floor (that sounds grand, but it is the size of a studio apartment), I could honestly say that doorknobs never crossed my mind. There were so many “big” decisions to make (paintvinyl, appliances) that I never even considered them.

Fast-forward a bit and there I am, in the greatest knob shop in the world (that is Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael, California) with a knob nervous breakdown. Since it turns out, they make a massive gap, tipping the fashion of your home in 1 direction or another. The substances, the shapes, the endings, the rosettes — it is a whole lot to consider in.

In the long run, I learned a great deal of doorknob talk and a few good tips:

• Be sure all of the doorknobs in view of one other have the same color and finish.
• The shape of the rosette changes the expression of the entire door.
• Do not accidentally install privacy knobs (ones which lock) on your cupboard doors.
• You do not have to remodel the whole house to change out your doorknobs and make a big improvement.

That’s it. You are on your own. Go forth and select well. Here are some nice examples to help you with your travels.

Doorknobs – $110

That which we finally settled on: egg-shape sand-casted bronze in a silver patina finish with a contemporary, rectangular rosette. This style goes with our original 1941 doors and our contemporary remodel. Plus, they feel really nice in your hand.

Contemporary Knobs

Here’s a more contemporary version of the egg-shape knob. A round rosette keeps it looking sleek.

Lever handles are very popular in Europe, and in a way they make more sense physiologically (no wrist twisting). This black one having a rectangular rosette bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary, similar to this toilet. (Also, have a look at those cool rope pulls on the drawers)

Michael Robert Construction

This oval rosette, black finish and dual plate (knob and lock are separated) create a more traditional style for a more conventional door.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

A stainless finish and one plate (knob and lock on the same rosette) provide this room and doorway a fresh, contemporary feel.


A cut-glass knob is so lovely. It may be simple and unobtrusively fairly, as it’s here.

Mustard Seed Interiors

A cut-glass knob could be more ornate when paired with a conventional rosette. Within this area, it helps establish the era and disposition.


Filmore Full Dummy Knob Set, Polished Brass – $93.77

A traditional beauty. Isn’t she lovely?

Ceramic knobs are old-fashioned and tend to look country cottage. However, if your style is eclectic, you are able to make them work in any setting.

A playful ceramic knob is the perfect lead-in for this colorful, contemporary nursery.


A classic barn manage pull.

Tuthill structure

Not so conventional handle pulls. The symmetry in this entryway is amazing. It’s always a good idea to look at the shapes enclosing a doorway when choosing knobs or handles.

Brennan + Company Architects

Sliding doors don’t need knobs that turn. This number-two pull is really clever.

Your exterior knob should fit your doorway and the facade of your property. Your house would pretty much have to be covered in ivy and include a library to get away with those center-mounted beauties.

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