Opportunity is knocking for an updated front door.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Check out these mood boards for every style of home and see what front entry handlesets and accessories pair best to make a welcoming and stylish statement.
Do door knockers make you picture a Dracula-style haunted house? The unwitting visitor raps on the door and it swings eerily open on creaky hinges? It’s a vivid image, but not one you want for your own home. There are many ways to update your front door so that it makes a welcoming first impression, and door accessories are just the beginning.
Door knockers are traditional front door décor. They’re the original doorbell, after all. But they can be just as stunning on modern homes as well. Check out these options for every style of home and see what front entry handlesets and accessories to pair them with to make a welcoming and stylish statement. Be sure to check out our mood boards for each unique look.
Once you see a modern door knocker in action, we bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A flatter, squarer knocker would show nicely with the Schlage® Century handleset when they both feature similar rectangular shapes. Other accessories like a wall-mounted mailbox or porch light should mirror that, so try minimalist designs and more straight edges.
Urn-shaped door knockers are a classic touch for a traditional home or if you’re in an older neighborhood. While we chose one in a bright silver finish, brass hardware is also a good choice for Colonial styles.
For Mediterranean and mission-style homes, wrought-iron door accessories are undeniable. The Schlage® Wakefield handleset, particularly in the Aged Bronze finish is reminiscent of that raw metalwork but with a more sophisticated flair. Combine it with a wrought-iron door knocker and accessories that feature swooping curves and plenty of detail. When pairing it with interior door hardware, consider the Schlage® Siena knob with matching Wakefield trim.
Craftsman-style homes draw inspiration from nature and there’s no better place to showcase that than when you’re on the front porch. Door knockers made to look like plants or animals might be a good fit for a refined outdoorsy feel. A Craftsman home has plenty of wood architectural features, so try the less ornate Schlage® Addison handleset in a finish like Aged Bronze that complements those natural tones or Matte Black for some extra contrast.
When you shop door knockers for your beach home, your themed options are almost endless. We like a starfish door knocker, but you’ll also find mermaids, whales and sunbursts, and they run the gamut from highly sophisticated to fully whimsical. When adding other accessories, remember that sometimes less is more and consider complementary finishes that make those individual pieces look like they were made to go together.
A front door renovation can make it look like you gave your whole home a facelift. By updating your door accessories – whether it’s door knockers, knobs or handlesets, a mailbox or lighting – you have the chance to welcome visitors with your unique style. Explore Schlage.com for more handleset options, or find us on Pinterest for even more front door inspiration.