Door Handles. Wednesday , September 12th , 2018 - 06:44:51 AM
If you are refurbishing your home or simply replacing your door hardware, make sure you choose a door handle that would work best for your house, from design to functionality. For your Art Deco home, a chrome door handle would be perfect to complete the look. If you have an elderly or kids living with you, perhaps a lever, instead of a knob, would be easier to use for everyone. There are definitely many things you should consider when shopping for a door handle. Here are some suggestions you should keep in mind.
Colour is an important way of making sure that the handles match their surroundings. You could decide to pick a colour which complements the room, and which will therefore add harmony and balance to your surroundings, or you could decide to include something which contrasts heavily with the other features of the room the door is in. This can help to create an eye-catching feature, particularly when decorated with contrasting colours and shapes. Use these features to design a room which causes people to take notice of all the accessories, or to provide a contrast which shows that the door and the frame are part of something separate.
Depictions of door handles in paintings dating to the first century CE are centrally placed hinged rings. The modern door knocker is a vestige of this style of primitive door handle. Doors were typically secured by bars and brackets to prevent them from being opened by either intent or accident. Over time, large crossbars used to secure a door were supplanted by sliding bars, operated by a handle secured to the bar and projecting through a slot in the door, or as a pivoting bar - often called a latch - that could be dropped into a matching slot on the door jamb. In Colonial America, the operating mechanism for a small pivoting bar was a latch string threaded through a hole in the door near the handle. There are - probably apocryphal - accounts and references implying that this mechanism was a workaround for heavy taxes and a crown edict mandating the colonists could only use door latches or locks imported from England. About the middle of the 18th century, handles and locks were integrated into a single unit, the earliest known examples being levers that both operated the latch and served as a pull to open the door.
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