Reinvent Your Doors: How to Choose Door Hardware for a Fresh New Look

Swapping out your builder-grade interior door hardware for sleek and fashionable handles and knobs is one of the finest ways to upgrade your interior space. After all, hardware is the jewellery of the home – it helps to round up the whole look and add a special twinkle to the space.

New door knobs and handles seem easy to purchase until you actually get down to business, that is. The alternatives are greater than you anticipated when you visit the store or explore online. Or perhaps you bring something home and discover it isn’t quite right.

There’s no need to be anxious; I’m here to reassure you. This checklist outlines the factors you should take into account when shopping for door hardware. Soon you’ll be choosing which do-it-yourself task to tackle next.

Pick a Style That Matches Your Design Scheme

Room with two brown doors and elegant decor

Even while you might not frequently pay attention to your door hardware design, you will notice when it is damaged, scratched, out of proportion to the rest of the house, or just plain unsightly. Keep in mind that a door knob is more than just a door knob. Look for hardware that complements both your own preferences and the home’s architectural style, whether that be modern and sleek, old-fashioned and opulent, or somewhere in between.

Consider the advantages and disadvantages of door knobs compared to levers as well as how they fit into your lifestyle when deciding on a style. Do you have a cunning animal that can pull a lever to let itself out? That’s generally not a good idea unless it’s a service dog, in which case you want a door knob. Or perhaps you do like a lever since your hands are arthritic and it’s simpler to hold. Think about this.

Consider the Type of Hardware Finishes Present in Your Home

The finish of your hardware is mostly a matter of personal preference, just like design. If you want every fixture in your house to match, it might be the most important factor to take into account. I’m not saying that all of your levers should be bright chrome.

Look for furniture with metallic accents, cabinet knobs, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures to get inspiration. Focusing on a single finish may appeal to minimalist, Scandinavian, and normally more conventional interior design enthusiasts.

Additionally, given the rise in popularity of maximalism, metal finishes can be mixed. To avoid looking too haphazard, try to keep the number of finishes to four or fewer, select some matching components, and when you must mix and match, go for complementary contrasts. You can mix hardware finishes correctly the first time if you follow our recommendations.

Close-up of scandinavian door hardware

Count the Number of Doors

How many doors there truly are in your home may surprise you. You don’t want to discover that you are short one when you get home. Of course, you don’t have to change every single doorknob or lever, but remember that doing so can help you keep the house’s decor consistent. If you have a satin nickel door knob in one style on one door and a bright brass knob in another, it can make your corridor look out of place.

Don’t forget to include closets, cellar entrances, laundry rooms, and other areas that you might not use frequently while counting your doors. Making a count while you physically walk through the house might be helpful.

Consider the Purpose of the Different Doors 

Choose the features you want after determining how many new knobs and levers you need. You have three main choices for interior door hardware supplies: private, passage, and inactive.


Choose this type of hardware for rooms that require more privacy like bedrooms and bathrooms. The door is locked from within the room by a push-button lock, and it is unlocked by twisting a lever or knob on the inside.


This is hardware for doors with little need for privacy. The latch will aid in keeping the door closed, but it does not lock. These types of knobs and levers are ideal for hallways and closets, but can also be used on children’s bedroom doors if you don’t want them to be able to lock themselves in.


Close-up of a door knob

Inactive knobs and levers, commonly referred to as non-turning or dummy, are essentially cosmetic. They are most frequently utilised on the side of French doors and other non-latching doors that is inactive.

Knowing the four possibilities offered can help you choose the best dummy door knobs, including:

  • Single Dummy: The door’s exterior is mounted with a knob or lever.
  • Dummy Pair: The door’s outside and interior surfaces are both equipped with knobs or levers.
  • Matching Pair: The door is equipped with matching knob and lever sets.
  • Lever and Knob: The door has a lever on one side. One has a knob on the other.