Our top picks for modern door knobs and levers, and vintage-style door hardware that make a stylish statement!
Something as simple as a door handle can make a difference in both function and design in a room. We often overlook door hardware, but maybe it’s time we give our doors a quick and easy makeover!
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Exciting features like smart locks on your entry door make losing keys a thing of the past, and interior hardware can affect how easy it is to open a door as well as how high-end a room feels.
Door hardware just might be the most underrated part of interior design, but can have such an impact! With a few small changes, you can have the best dressed doors out there.
Interior Door Hardware Picks
We’ll explore exterior options below, but let’s dive into some of our favorite interior door knob and door lever options first!
TIP: Typically you’ll be using the same interior door handle throughout your home, although you can change things up between floor levels, or for a featured room. So be sure to choose a finish and style that works from room-to-room!
Classic Modern Door Handle Picks
Modern door knobs and levers come in a wide variety of styles and finishes, so there is something out there for everyone!
Remember that you can usually choose a lever or knob style, then choose which backplate (aka rosette), then the finish, then whether it is right or left facing.
- Tumalo Walnut Wood-Look Lever: I’m loving the wood look on this designer door knob! Plus the aged brass metallic section also comes in rubbed bronze, and polished nickel.
- Emtek Knurled Lever: I have the square version of these in my own home and love them! The back plate (aka rosette) comes circular, square, and rectangular shaped. Plus it comes in a variety of finishes.
- Kwikset Halifax Door Lever: This slim classic is a budget friendly option that looks great in a variety of finishes.
- Felibat Octagonal Door Handles: Go for a shape that stands out and makes a fun statement.
- Tabor Square Knob: The polished nickel finish gives this the feel of a modern door knob with some of the charm of the old-world design of a long back plate.
- Tate Black Porcelain Knob: This door handle almost looks like an average door knob, and nearly falls into the vintage category, but with a two toned finish and improved shape, it’s a new classic!
Vintage Style Door Handle Picks
Looking for new door knobs that have the same charm as antique door knobs?
Crystal door knobs are some of the most popular for historic homes. But the big difference in style comes from your choice of backplate and finish.
For a more Victorian or traditional look, you might choose the more ornate styled rosette. But if you want a cross between a more modern door knob and an antique door knob, you can combine styles! Choose a hardware company that has options to mix and match the various styles of levers/knobs and rosette.
- Sailanka Retro Door Handles: The retro feel of the lever and plate lends itself to an art deco feel.
- Emtek Old Town Glass Town: This glass door handle has an old-world feel with a contemporary twist.
- Felibat Glass Knob: Love a glass knob with a modern look? Go for a simplified glass knob without the flowery crystal element, and change out the back plate for simple clean lines.
- Coleman Octagonal Lever: This stylish door lever has traditional (even nautical) elements, but with a contemporary feel.
- New York Style Door Knob & Plate: The color and style is an ode to the classic brownstone styled handles.
PROS & CONS: Levers Vs. Knobs
Should you go with door levers or door knobs? Knobs are round and must twist to open, and levers are the L-shaped handles that jut out.
Door levers are easier to open with full hands, but if you have toddlers or pets you don’t want to get in and out too easily, this might not be the solution for you.
I also find that on occasion a piece of clothing or long purse will unexpectedly catch on the edge of a lever.
From a design perspective, levers are a bit more modern with a wider range of design options to choose from. However a knob is a classic and less likely to have mechanism issues develop over time.
What Is A Dummy Knob?
These ‘dummy knobs’ or passage handles are door handles that either don’t turn or don’t lock, and are designed for areas like closet doors. They are primarily decorative knobs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have function!
Exterior Door Hardware Picks
Contemporary exterior door handles should stand out against the color of the front door and are a great way to set the tone for the style of your front porch.
TIP: When replacing an exterior door handle, be sure to measure carefully before choosing a new set! Drilling a new hole in an exterior door usually not a good option.
- Modern Satin Brass Front Door Handle: We’re loving the square edges and straight lines, but it’s the satin brass that makes this trendy piece pop!
- Tabor D-Handle Exterior Door Handle: This exterior handle set is as high end as it looks, and this incredibly trendy one-piece comes in 5 finishes.
- Weslock Addy Entry Handle: This is the perfect solution if you need something simple and stylish without drawing too much attention.
- Haidms Gold Exterior Lock: This is a gorgeous solution if you want a modern two piece with a knob.
Smart Lock Keypad Picks
The real perks of contemporary door hardware are the smart functions that make life easier! Never have to dig a key out of your purse again!
These stylish keyless smart locks mean you can give temporary access to a friend or family member without having to give them a key. Give each their own unique code, or some locks have an app that allows you to let someone in from your smart phone.
- Interior eLink Smart Fingerprint & Keypad Lever: This interior-only smart lock may not look like it, but it accepts either a finger print or a code! A very cool solution for roommate situations!
- Kwikset Keyless Entry Keypad: The bright polished finish on this exterior smart lock, and clean lines make for a glam finish.
- Schlage Connect Smart Lock: Even your front door entry can have the perks of both style and the power of smart lock technology with this two piece.
- Goodum Keyless Entry & Fingerprint Lock: This keypad accepts both finger print or code and has a very sleek modern look
Which Door Hardware Finishes Are Best?
Wondering which popular door knob finishes are trending, and which will stand the test of time?
Most companies carry door knobs and levers in a variety of finishes, from satin nickel, to chrome, brass, unlacquered gold, black, oil-rubbed bronze, and beyond!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Satin versus Brushed: Each of the metals below likely come with a satin version, a brushed version, or even a glossier version! Satin will be glossier than it’s brushed counterpart, but not the glossiest option.
- Nickel: Nickel has a warmer more yellowish tone than Chrome, and satin nickel is currently trending over the cooler chrome of the past.
- Chrome: This finish has been around since the 1920’s, made a big comeback in the 60’s and 70’s, and is being replaced by it’s warmer nickel version.
- Brass & Gold: Antique gold and unlacquered gold may be trending, but variations of gold/brass are here to stay. It has been around for a long time, but whether it is brushed, polished, lacquered, unlacquered, etc. will mean the difference between trending or not. Rose gold and champagne gold have a more coppery hue, but were a short lived trend that will likely come and go with time.
- Bronze: Oil-rubbed bronze is a great solution when you want a dark color but nothing quite as harsh as black.
- Black: Matte black is a great solution when you want low-key modern style that will be around for a long time.
New door hardware is like the jewelry of a room, it is the final touch that brings it all together for an amazing finish!
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