New year, new me? I guess … we can still say that in February? No rhyme intended. Each and every year, people tend to start their first months by focusing on all the new year resolutions they want to accomplish, whether it is a fancy new diet or maybe going to the gym more. I’m not a person of big resolutions, I like to surprise myself during the year and simply take it as it goes, but there is one thing I enjoy doing at the start of every single year – sprucing up my place. This year I focused on ironmongery because I believe that even the smallest details are very important when decorating your home.
When I first moved to my house, I didn’t even notice the door handles or the door knobs, I was just happy to have found a good place in a nice location. But as time passed, I started to notice all the small things I didn’t notice at first, like little cracks in the paint and ugly, ugly door handles! I had to do something about it this year, no more dull-looking door handles in this house!
However, I did have to do some research first, as I didn’t want to spend too much money on them and found Ironmongery Experts. They are a small family business and had a wide variety of ironmongery, so I thought I’d give them a go.
Then all the questions started to arise, should I have different coloured door hardware throughout the house, or should I match all the door handles? Door handles or door knobs? More research needed to be done. I stumbled upon Scott McGillivray’s blog and read an article about the “Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Hardware Finishes”, which was quite helpful in understanding the best way to mix door furniture.
I took a break from my research and went grocery shopping. When I got back home, I looked at my front door and noticed how my entrance door ironmongery was also looking dull and a bit rusty. I remembered reading an article on Ideal Home that mentioned how the front door says so much about the owner, and I wanted it to feel fresh and beautiful, after all it was the first impression guests would have when they visited my home. Since I was focused on ironmongery around my house, why not go all the way and give my entrance door a bit of love?
While I was looking online for door furniture, I found a square silver door handle which really caught my attention and was within my price range, it was love at first sight. I ended up choosing matching door handles all throughout the house, which for many people is not that exciting, but I like thinking of my house as an overall space instead of decorating each space individually. Do you prefer mixing finishes and types of hardware or keeping it simple?
What about ironmongery for my entrance door you might ask? Good question, I did need some more time to figure that out. I knew that I wanted to change my door bell, which literally said “don’t touch me”, but then I wasn’t sure about my cylinder pull – I knew I also had to change it, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted another cylinder pull, a centre door knob or an actual door handle. After hours and hours of research, I finally found the perfect chrome door bell and I made a decision to change my cylinder pull to a beautiful chrome octagonal centre door knob. I couldn’t be happier with my choices! Am I the only one that thinks this much about ironmongery?
This article was written by Hannah. She is a DIY enthusiast who loves interior décor and all things home related. Hannah studied journalism and is now working as a part-time freelance blogger for Ad Lab.