Door handles, just like general architecture and interior design, has evolved in design and function through centuries. Some say that the first one appeared in 1878 in the USA, while other accounts state that this type of hardware was already being used since the 18th century. Regardless of the exact date it came to, this device today comes in a variety of looks and useful features.
Home furnishing stores and handyman shops carry many interesting designs, usually ranging from Georgian to modern minimalist, mainly to complete the overall architecture of private and public structures.
Those who fancy traditional or antique designs may prefer a Georgian look, which are the styles that appeared from 1720 to 1840 and named after the four British monarchs of the time who were all named George. Its simplicity and proportion still grace many buildings in the world today, from private homes to government offices. Typically, a Georgian house has a flat front with sash windows and a Palladian door set back a few inches from the façade wall. If you have a Georgian home, your door would look superb with a simple brass door knob. If you have kids, an elderly or a person with disability living in your house, a better option is a brass door lever, because it is easier to use than a knob.
The Victorian era also influenced building designs across the globe. This ornate and grandiose architecture named after Queen Victoria herself features the front door as the focal point of the facade. Small intrate windows and colors give life to the hardwood door. If you fancy its grandeur, you would want to visit stores offering crystal glass or porcelain door handles. Any of the said types would complete a perfect Victorian picture.
Similar to the Victorian but less opulent are Edwardian homes. Like the Georgian and the Victorian designs, the Edwardian is named also after the British ruler at the time the architectural style was current. During King Edward VII's rule, the main entrance doors often feature subtly stained glass windows. Some were also painted with bright red or green. Brass knockers and knobs are the devices usually attached to them.
In addition to the classical styles of architectural design, Art Deco or Moderne structures can also be seen in various countries. The influence of geometric shapes, asymmetrical lines and bright colors adorn houses of this style. Their front doors typically have colored glasses in cubes, triangles and other geometric patterns. Polished brass or polished chrome plated brass door handles would go well with these.
You can not be blamed if you want a perfectly designed house, especially if you have worked hard to have it. So, go ahead and take your time when you visit a hardware store to make the perfect pick for your home.