One of the questions many homeowners keep asking is whether they should match the knobs and hinges holding their doors in place.
You don’t need to match the knob and hinges as there’s no practical benefit to doing so. However, if you’re mindful of your home aesthetics, then matching the door hardware is a good idea.
Read on to find more about matching knobs and hinges of your door, why it might be helpful for your interior décor efforts, and more.
Why you should match your door handle and hinges
As we have already said above, probably the primary reason why you might want to match your door handle and hinges is for aesthetics and to improve your home interior décor.
We have put together some key reasons why you might want to take this remodeling project below.
Give your home continuity
Matching the doorknob and hinges will give your home a sense of continuity. It will make the interior look uniform and clean.
Even if the door handle doesn’t match with the rest of the door hardware, coordinating it with the finish of your room will still instill a sense of consistency in your home.
House on sale
If you’re planning to sell your house soon, you should also consider matching the hinges and knobs.
You might not know this but most buyers are always attentive to the smallest details and having unmatched knobs and hinges in your doors will make them look out of place and might not be a good sign to a potential buyer.
The new buyer might be willing to make the matching once on his own when he gets the new home. But why not make it easy for them by doing the matching yourself?
If you want to sell your house sooner, making this project part of the changes you want to make it look good to potential buyers.
Do you have the budget?
You probably know that making these simple changes are going to cost you some money, especially if you have a lot of doors to work on including the cabinet doors.
With this in mind, you want to ensure you have a budget in place to ensure you don’t stop midway due to financial constraints.
Still at it, if you’re not in a hurry to match all the doors in your home, you can start by working on 1-2 doors at a time. And before you know it, you’ll be done with all the doors.
Also, you can try to save money by shopping for your door hardware from sites like eBay which will give you better deals than your local home improvement store.
How you want your house to look is your choice. If you hate mismatched finishes in your home, you won’t even need to wait for someone to tell you whether you should or should match the knob and hinges. You might also have problems with toddlers opening your door too easily which you won't be able to prevent using a door knob cover.
And if you don’t care much about how the door hardware looks or prefers the hardware colors mixed, it is also up to you. Personal preferences are everything when it comes to your home interior décor!
Can you paint metal hinges?
You’ve probably decided to take the painting path as a way to match your door hinges and knobs. This is going to save you a good amount of money compared to investing in brand new hardware irrespective of the door knob size.
But how practical is painting the hinges? Will it last? Will it affect your hinges and knobs? let’s find out…
You can paint your door hinges, but you should make sure you use the right paint for the job. Using the wrong paint and the wrong painting method will end up disappointing you and won’t last long.
For instance, you can’t use standard acrylic paint or wall paint because it is not designed for use on metal surfaces and will easily chip after some time.
As for the painting method, you should stick to spray paint. Don’t use the paintbrush method because it might end up affecting the moving parts of the hinges and even give you a hard time fitting your hinges back in place due to uneven or too thick paint application.
A safer paint to use would be rust-oleum. It is formulated to excellently adhere to metal, is affordable, and comes in a variety of colors to let you choose one that matches your door finish.
TIP: If you’re painting old hinges that have been in place for a long time, we advise you to first prepare them for painting to ensure perfect results. This is as simple as brushing the dirt off their surface with an old toothbrush or paintbrush and hot soapy water. Dishwashing soap can also help clean the hinges to make them ready for painting.
Matching your doorknobs and hinges isn’t a big deal. It is mostly done for aesthetics and it all comes down to your unique preferences. These preferences are applicable on both door knobs and levers.
The benefit of matching your door handle and hinges is that it gives your home a clean, uniform look. It also can positively impact your buyer if you’re planning to sell your home. But keep in mind that you’ll need to spend a good amount of money on this project, so you should make sure you have a budget in place.