Thursday, March 19, 2015

Trends in door knobs and door locks!

Door knobs and door locks are hardly an interior designer’s dream playground, but the truth is that without choosing the right knobs or locks, a room can be ruined. In fact, if you are talking external door knobs, a home can be ruined. Here is a look at some of the trends in the world of door knobs and door locks.

Trending door knobs

Ceramic door knobs are proving popular in many homes. A traditional white ceramic knob can add a touch of understated class to a door (and room) while the more creative amongst us are opting to go with bright colors and interesting images. If you are looking to make an impression, cut glass knobs or crystal door knobs will do the job nicely. Both add elegance and flair to even the most plain of wooden doors. 

Some households are opting to take a European approach and switch from door knobs to door levers, both in their internal and external doors. Like door knobs, door levers can make a great impression. From stainless steel to brass, the finish you choose should depend on the room you are working with.

Of course, not everything is trending upwards. The likes of oversized and overly-ornate door knobs are not currently on anybody’s hot list, while wooden knobs are finding themselves more and more relegated to the kitchen.

Trending door locks

When it comes to external doors, the importance of aesthetics takes a back seat to security. After all, there is no point in having a stylish door knob or handle if it is going to be easy pickings for a burglar. Like every other aspect of property building and maintenance, door locks – which play an essential role in the security of our homes – are a matter of fashion. Locks that were popular a decade ago are not necessarily popular today and vice versa.

Here is a look at some popular trends:

The five-lever mortise deadlock remains a firm favorite with property owners, thanks mainly to the high level of security it offers: a deadbolt is almost impossible to force. However, because it is built into the door itself, a deadbolt lock is also inconspicuous, meaning it is an interior decorators’ delight. Perhaps the most obvious trend when it comes to door locks is the increasing movement towards electronic door locks, particularly in larger houses and commercial properties. Access control systems make it easier for property owners to regulate who enters the building and at what time.

While electronic locks are trending upwards, the likes of security chains and knob locks are proving less popular. The former is something of an eyesore and offers little actual security. The latter often requires regular repair work, usually in the middle of the night, and it's hard to find a 24/7 locksmith in Dallas (or any other city).

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