Brass Door Knobs – Some Simple Facts

Want to replace all of the interior doors on your home with brass door knobs by LoAndCoInteriors? Some people even enjoy adding them to their fireplaces, as well. But, before you go and grab any at your local hardware store, it is better to read up on a few simple tips to help you along in your quest for the perfect door knob!


I use a simple round-shaped brass door knob for interior doors in virtually all remodels and contemporary flip houses. It’s just my personal preference, and I don’t feel that the nickel/black colour lends itself too well to the modern farmhouse style. If you consider this for your home, go for the brass door knobs by LoAndCoInteriors instead of the nickel ones. You can still paint your doors to match your other decor but not as quickly as if you choose the nickel knobs.


In looking at various brass door knobs, you might also consider some oil rubbed bronze style knobs. It is a beautiful finish to add to an interior door knob, and several different manufacturers make this type of knob. However, I recommend against this type of knob to have the hardware store that sold you the door handle replace some of the sliders with larger smooth nickel slides. I’ve had experience with these slides stripping out over time, and they can rust, so I would recommend staying away from this type of hardware for your new addition.


There are also a couple of finishes that you might want to consider. Satin Nickel does have a nice sheen, but they don’t last nearly as long as oil rubbed bronze or brass door knobs by LoAndCoInteriors. Satin Nickel door knobs are much more difficult to find, and they can sometimes require that you have a licensed professional install them, which can get quite expensive. A less expensive option is to purchase unfinished satin nickel door knobs and have them installed by an experienced installer. Be sure to do a good job installing this type of knob because if you don’t, it will look out of place and sloppy in no time.


Another option to consider is the “keyed” knobs. These come in two forms, “regular” and “martingale.” The regular kind is simply a regular plastic knob with a tiny key stuck in the centre. Unfortunately, these knobs tend to fade over time, making them a little bit less appealing than some other options. However, if you have a large glass style door or are interested in investing in antique or collectible doors, you might want to consider a keyed brass door knob.


Last but not least, you can choose to go with a chromium finish instead of the traditional brass finish. It can give you a much richer look, and some people feel that it is easier to clean. Chromium does require a bit of extra care, though. You generally recommend that you paint your brass door knobs with a primer before putting the chrome finish on. But, again, a little trial and error will go a long way towards helping you find the right colour match for your home.