When we moved into our house in Altadena, every door had a different handle. Some had different handles on the front of the door than they did on the back.
It drove me nuts.
Our first trip to Home Depot happened about 3 days after we moved in. I bought new handles for every door. Matching ones. People thought I was crazy because I spent money on something that already was perfectly functional, but I didn’t care. It looked waaaaaaaay better. Hardware and lighting really are the “pieces of jewelry” that dress up a house and finish a room!
This house wasn’t quite so bad on the doorknob front. At least some of them matched. Gotta love bright, shiny brass.
Problem was, they didn’t fit the feel of this house. We’re going for what I’m going to call “Modern Mid-Century” - a modern take on mid-century design. We were going to do straight-up Mid-Century Modern design but then I discovered how much brass was involved and I just. couldn’t. do. it.
So, satin nickel it is!
Our doors are plain hollow-core slab doors, very mid-century. They have that kind of honey-wood color that was so common in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. They’re also beat up and non-standard sizes. There’s no real way to salvage them unless we paint them, and replacing them is not in the budget so paint it is!
Thus, the bling. The slab doors are going to be painted a medium gray. In the interest of our home not looking like a prison block, we opted for slightly-more-expensive handles to dress things up. It really makes a huge difference, picking the right hardware.
What a difference. I was not loving the door with the old hardware and wondered if we had made a mistake. But with the new handle, I love it! Eventually the hall will have a much brighter light fixture and the walls will be painted a bright white so it will really pop.
A plain-jane door got dressed up a little bit and it makes all the difference in the world!