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Door Handle Buying Guide

When selected carefully, the right door handle will emphasise the look of an interior, whilst adding functionality to a scheme. In this guide, we explore all the best styles, colours and finishes available, along with important planning considerations to help you choose the best internal door handles for your home.

What are the different types?

What are the different styles?

Lever on rose

Featuring a metal bar that is attached horizontally to a small backplate, lever on rose designs have a compact style that is easy to use and best used in minimal and modern interiors. A choice of round or square backplates also makes it easy to create a custom look.

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Lever on backplate

The large, vertical panel used to fix lever on backplate handles to a door can easily hide marks and scuffs from previous hardware, making it a great option for refresh jobs. The bigger size also offers extra grip when in use - a good choice for multi-generational homes.

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Bathroom handles

Bathroom handgrips operate a deadbolt system that can securely close rooms to unwanted visitors for added privacy. A door handle with lock is particularly useful for creating secluded areas, where showers and baths can be enjoyed in peace.

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Pull handles

Helping to spread the weight over a larger area, pull designs are commonly used on heavier doorways, making them effortless to open or close. The simple, robust design is easy to grip and clean, making it a practical option for commercial or public settings.

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What colours are available?

What finishes are available?

Brushed

Brushed fixtures have a soft, subtle finish that is best used in minimal interiors or homes that want to play with texture. This style also shows fewer marks and imperfections, making it a low maintenance option.

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Polished

Thanks to the reflective surface, polished designs will bounce light around a room to create a bright and open feel. This shiny finish also works well with dark interiors, helping to lift deeper tones.

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Antique

With a tarnished finish, antique fixtures re-create the look of handcrafted metals, making them a sound choice for heritage decors or engineered looks. It also has a matt texture to emphasise the aged appearance.

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Satin

Offering a frosted look, satin handgrips have a muted finish that can disguise unsightly fingerprints and complement a pared-scheme. Easy to keep clean, they are best used in high-traffic areas, like hallways. 

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What designs are available?

Contemporary

Sporting clean lines and geometric shapes, contemporary handles are often found in modern decors. They also work well in homes inspired by linear design, adding an architectural feature to a doorway.

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Traditional

Incorporating period details, traditional fixtures are great for households influenced by bygone interiors or looking for a classic look within a home. Pair with aged metal finishes for added charm.

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Victorian

Taking cues from the era of opulence, Victorian designs are ornate, making them a stand-out feature on any doorway. Available in rich colours, like brass, this design offers a simple way to add refined appeal to a room.

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Modern

Minimal in design, modern handgrips are good for those inspired by simple living. They have an unfussy appearance and come in cool hues, such as chrome, to emphasise their modest look.

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Things to consider when planning a door handle

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