Front door handles rarely (maybe never) get discussed when talking about curb appeal or front doors. But the right front door handle can truly change the personality of your home's appearance, like wearing the right necklace with that little black dress. So if you've been thinking about a new front door, maybe all you need to do is paint the one you have or change the front door handles.
Different Styles of Front Door Handles
With this article we're only looking at door handles, not the locking mechanisms that go with them. There are three basic handle styles – turn, pull and push down. Sounds simple … maybe not?
Front Door Handles: Door Knobs You Turn
Door knobs are the most popular type of door handle in the US. You can find simple designs to very elaborate door knobs, and everything in between. Ideally you want to pick door knobs that work well with the door style and overall house design. And then there are an unimaginable number of hardware finishes to pick from.
Here are just a few door knobs to spur your imagination, both old antique ones and a few you can buy today.
It's truly amazing at the detail craftsmanship that once went into building homes. If you want to capture some of that magic, you should probably find a local architectural salvage store (here's a directory) where you'll find wonderful surprises like the front door knobs above. If you're content with what's being made today, here are a few choices that I found on Amazon … and I was surprised when I found “the bull”.
Front Door Handles: Styles that You Pull
While we don't use pull style door handles as much today, they were very popular in years past. That's why you'll see them on older houses and when traveling overseas, be sure to check out the doors in Europe and Asia.
Front Door Handles: Levers are Easy to Push
Once you've seen some of the older style lever handles, you can see the details that differentiate these three lever style handles. Look at the end of the lever with varying or no scrolling, and most styles come in different finishes.
Here are some related articles, with tips on how to enhance your home's front door and curb appeal. We've also got articles on the new smart doors where you can control locking from your phone.
- Front Doors and First Impressions
- Doors Tips to Add Value to Your Home
- Digital Doorbell for Smart Homes