30 Reasons Hardware Makes A Difference

Paint always gets the credit for being the easiest way to dress up a room, but for me, hardware does a lot of heavy lifting, too. So we decided to devote last month’s hashtag challenge to celebrating beautiful hardware and all that it can do for a home’s interior and exterior. From stunning door knockers and door knobs to pulls, handles and latches, the right hardware is often the fastest way to spruce up any space. We asked DS readers to submit their favorite hardware photos (#dshardware) and hundreds of you sent in gorgeous photos from across the world. 30 of our favorites are in this post, and hundreds more are in the #dshashtag feed online. Thanks so much to everyone who shared their photos – they’ve inspired our entire team to keep an eye out for unexpected and unusual hardware at all times. xo, grace

*If you need more hardware inspiration, check out our Top 20 Hardware Resources, Favorite Places to buy Doorknobs, Tips for Cleaning Vintage Hardware and Best Of Hardware from D*S Sneak Peeks.

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  1. Sue says:

    Nice knockers!

  2. Pinelopi says:

    nice collection!! some of them were amazing!

  3. Christine says:

    Fabulous hardware makes any room sing! It’s the unsung hero of decor!

  4. auroramills.com is a great resource for vintage and antique hardware!

  5. Emmy says:

    These are all so incredible! That public school door knob- wow. If only all schools had such whimsical hardware.

  6. OMG, this post has actually given me palpitations – especially that New York public schools doorhandle (and no I didn’t go to school in New York).

  7. Mary Beth says:

    I just listed gorgeous antique French door handles on my ebay site, I am seller nordic_french_style

  8. I personally there are more than these 30 reasons. Hardware is just an essential part of our homes. Even a small change can make a huge visual impact. On one hand always be careful. On the other hand – the devil’s in the detail.

  9. Jill, Dundee, Scotland says:

    Lovely article and some excellent photography! The NY Public School one is incredible! Also love the one taken by Queenwgenn (amazing colour!) and the letter ‘R’ by Amoink. B-e-a-utiful!

  10. Lovelldeco says:

    In france we have many things like these to do the decoration of doors, you can buy on the antiquity markets , they are many in summer where you can buy at very very low prices.

  11. Margaret says:

    Wow! If I could have the hardware from each one of those pictures, I would take it all in a heartbeat!

  12. Edward says:

    Greetings from the UK. Love this collection, especially the New York School Door Handle. We also sell reproduction antique Door Hardware including Bin Pulls, Cabinet Knobs & Handles. Thanks :)

  13. Annette says:

    Hi from Perth Western Australia. Absolutely love all the hardware you show us. However, cannot find anywhere here that sells unique or different hardware. Anyone out there that may have some suggestions. Or where do I go to purchase these online-am new at this!

  14. Love all your presented hardware . In UK we go mad about old things. You can bargains on car boot sales which are run on Sundays… great examples!

  15. Bethany says:

    Devil’s in the details :)

  16. Sandra F. says:

    Great post. I particularly liked the one made by instagram.com/deerseason87. Don’t know if these are old coins but they sure look archaic. There’s one big problem though – trying to open the door while being drunk… :)

    1. Dean says:

      Absolutely, Sandra!
      I found the same a few days ago. Lovely!

      1. Hello everyone,
        It is pleasure for me to see so creative and interesting ideas! I like the pictures with the snakes…Gothic style :)

  17. Wow, absolute enough examples to love hardware! Really beautiful details indeed, but the one with the spoon is very original!

  18. Peacock is simply amazing! Must have this one! <3


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