Choosing Handles For Your Internal Doors
If you are looking for a way to revitalise your interior decor, and you don’t want to replace all your internal doors, then simply re-painting the doors and replacing the handles is a good way to freshen things up. Here’s a quick look at some of the most interesting interior door handles on the market.
How do I Choose a Bathroom Door Handle?
One room that can be particularly challenging is the bathroom. You need something that is good looking, hygienic, and easy to use even if you have wet hands. There are some creative bathroom ideas out there, such as the “sanitary door opener” which is ideal for people who really don’t like germs. For most people, a standard polished door handle design, or a door with a simple lock is probably the best bet. Avoid rounded doorknobs because they are difficult to grip when they are damp from condensation.
Are Traditional Door Handles a Good Choice?
Modern plastic door handles will suit contemporary rooms, but chrome or brass door handles have a timeless charm to them. Period style wrought iron door handles are ideal for rooms with Victorian or Edwardian style décor.
Brass handles will discolour over time, but it takes years for this to happen. Considering that most people redecorate fairly often, this is unlikely to be an issue. Chrome shows finger-prints quite quickly, so is not ideal for high-traffic rooms, however it would add a touch of polish to an occasionally used study or large dining hall.
If you are looking for something that will always look “like new”, and that requires minimal cleaning and maintenance, black internal door handles are a good choice. Matt black does not show finger prints, but is still easy to wipe clean.
Are Cute and Quirky Door Handles in Fashion?
If you’re looking for a polished, consistent theme, then you may want to look at some of the internal door handle sets on the market. Choosing the same handle for every room will give you some consistency, and make the décor of the whole house come together. For example, elegant deco-style handles would look good in almost any home, thanks to their simple, understated style.
If you want something truly unique, consider getting some bespoke handles made. Your door handles could reflect an interest or passion as a special and personal touch for your home.
Another thing to think about is functionality. You may want internal door handles with locks for the bathroom and for bedrooms, or to give a lodger some privacy if you sublet a part of the property. For improved security, take a look at internal door handles with Yale locks.
As you can see, you have a lot of options to choose from. Modern door handles can be as ornate, or as simple, as you wish. Be sure to think about the height that you fit the handle, and also how easy it will be to operate (how stiff it is, and how easy it is to grip) for the people that will be using the room. This is particularly important if you have young children, the elderly, or people with disabilities living in your home.