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March 15, 2022
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of rich gold tones. I switched all the hardware in my kitchen immediately, but I’ve held off on updating the other hardware in my home, letting other projects come first. But one thing that always bothered me was my door handles. They’re dull, cheap, and extremely basic. They don’t feel like high quality and most importantly, they don’t feel like me. So I finally tackled this interior design detail and swapped out my old nickel levers with brushed brass door knobs–and I am beyond pleased!
With my kitchen project being such a success, I went back to the same parent company: Assa Abloy. One of their cabinet hardware brands is Schaub & Company while their door hardware company is called Emtek, though Emtek does also sell cabinet hardware as well. The quality is incredibly luxurious and I know these brass door knobs will last me for years to come. I went with a timeless yet stylish shape: the Verve knob. And I’m obsessed.
My first instinct was to go for a lever-style handle, just because that’s what I already had. Then it hit me that I could change that as well and I got even more excited. The knob feels like a more dramatic update, plus paired with the gorgeous finish, my home feels so much more high-end.
Besides the high quality and beautiful style of my new Emtek brass door knobs, I also love that I could customize the look. There are different shapes for the backplate as well as the knob itself. You can also choose if you want a lock, deadbolts, passage knob, dummy knob (non-functioning knobs for closets, etc.), and so much more. All door knobs come with the complete set for installation, but the hinges are sold separately, so don’t forget about those!
One major tip I have when selecting door handles is to always keep it consistent throughout the home. While it may be tempting to give each room their own personality with different door handles, it’s always better to keep them the same – at least in finish and style. So for example, if you want knobs for all the main door handles and levers for all the closets, that could work, but make sure they are all brushed brass or matte black or whatever finish you choose. Also make sure they’re both in the same style category, ie contemporary, modern, classic, etc.
In the end, I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I never thought I’d be swooning over door knobs, but here I am. This is 30 I guess – ha!