Choosing the right ironmongery
I like to think of ironmongery as a door’s furniture, the finishing touch to a complete doorset, bringing a door to life and setting the door up for its actual purpose!
The functionality of a door’s hardware is designed for the door to be opened and closed, locked, or to assist in a fire emergency, but it can also be used as a decorative feature. Ironmongery doesn’t have to be boring there’s so many different styles and finishes available.
Matching a doors ironmongery to an interiors form and style is key to creating a well-designed environment. Blending variations of finish such as polished chrome and satin chrome can create a good contrast but still keep some consistency throughout. Combinations of lever handles and push-plates can be used in different rooms or areas depending on the purpose of the door, or the traffic going through it.
There are so many different types of push and pull hardware to choose from with finishes from black, satin chromes, nickels, all of which are often more popular in modern building designs. Traditional warm brass, antique copper and distressed silvers can take their own design place in older buildings or ones that require a more traditional or period design finish.
Fire doors require a certain type of hardware to ensure they conform to standards, however, there’s still a lot of choice to go at and design rarely needs to be compromised. Fire door ironmongery needs to be tested and installed correctly to ensure that it adheres with the same fire rating as the door itself, but this is not always a general rule, it just depends on the type and style of door being used.