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How the Design of Door Knockers Has Changed Over Time

Door knockers are the first detail of your home that will catch the attention of visitors and allow them to signal their presence to you. When one is carefully placed, it can give those visiting your home an indication of the design scheme within; and evidence your careful consideration of the detailed aspects of property design.

There’s a story behind every door knocker; particularly those ones that have lasted the course of history. Whilst sleek polished chrome and stainless brass door knockers are becoming ever more prevalent features at contemporary homes; there are still classic designs that remain.

Traditional Designs of Door Knockers

lion head door knockersSome of the oldest door knockers are those designed on the faces of animals; like our fantastic lion head door knockers from Carlisle Brass. In Britain, the lion is a national symbol; and appears everywhere from 10 Downing Street to the shirts of the national football team.

Lions have been a particularly popular choice for door knockers for centuries, with it commonly suggested that they were originally meant to act as guardians for a property. That idea of choosing a door knocker that ‘protects’ your home can also be applied to door knockers shaped like hands.

Our black iron hand knocker bears similarity to the classic ‘Hand of Fatima’; which is designed to look roughly like a human hand. Hand-shaped door knockers are particularly popular in Northern Africa and are said to ward off the eye of evil spirits.

Contemporary Door Knockers Becoming a More Common Choice

ring door knockersOver time these traditional door knockers have begun to share the market with contemporary ones. Whilst there will always be justifiable validity for products such as those made from traditional materials like black iron; it may just be that your home simply does not match to them.

When that is the case, your property may be better suited to one of our ring knockers; which can be supplied in modern finishes such as satin nickel, satin chrome and polished chrome. These slickly-stylized door knockers could blend perfectly with water-resistant, wooden front doors such as those made from Spanish Cedar or Jarrah.

At Handsome Handles we have many more door knockers available to customers than those covered in this article. We also stock an entirety of door handles and door knobs; and we’re certain that you’ll be satisfied with the choice on offer to you. You can get in touch with us by giving us a call on 07961832812; where a member of our enthusiastic and dedicated team will only be too happy to take your call. 

Vitalize Your Bathroom with New Door Handles or Door Knobs

Adding that little touch of class to your home is always extremely satisfying. For people who are upgrading existing rooms – or building new ones – our door handles and door knobs can be the perfect fit. Our many years of combined experience have helped us to build up an extensive product range; and we’re proud of the choice that we’re able to offer.

Made from a mixture of both contemporary and traditional materials; our range of products at Handsome Handles are suitable for matching an entirety of varying home decor styles. Different rooms are likely to require different design touches; and we can help you find the merchandise that will be best suited to each room in your home.

Grand Schemes or Cost-Effective Solutions

Taking the bathroom as a case study; we’re well placed to offer advice to help you visualize our commodities in situ. For a successful bathroom upgrade, you’ll first need to recognize the other materials that are in play within the room. If you’re starting from scratch, this won’t be a problem as you can decide on all your materials for your new bathroom before you’ve begun.

For minor alterations to an existing room however, there’s always more to consider; but sometimes smaller upgrades may be more suited - they are more cost-effective to introduce than an entirely new room. Whether you’re adding smaller touches to an existing room or starting one from scratch; our products are perfect for either.

Contemporary Bathroom with Satin Chrome Door Handles

For contemporary bathrooms with subtle wood-effect tiling and acrylic cabinets, any one of our satin chrome internal door handles or external door handles would be perfect to match. The classy silver appearance would stand out as a classy modern feature; whilst slickly complimenting the smooth acrylic.

Traditional Bathroom with Barley Twist Door Handles

barley twist door handlesIn complete contrast, many other people like to keep their home feeling more traditional. For those sorts of historical bathroom schemes, our Barley Twist door handles could be an excellent match. The black antique iron resonates with grand Victorian design; whilst the product comes in a bathroom version.

You can find out more about many of our other door handles and door knobs that we stock by visiting You’ll be able to see more detail on the products mentioned here; whilst you may be inspired to make home design decisions of your own.

 If you’d like to speak to a member of our dedicated team instead, you can give us a call on 07961832812; where someone from Handsome Handles will only be too happy to help resolve any enquiries that you may have.