I’ve never really known how to refer collectively to knobs and handles. “Knobs and knockers” always makes people giggle. There used to be a shop with that name in Kensington; I was entertained, too, every time I went past Hinge & Bracket in Brighton!
Small things, big impact
Knobs and handles can quickly update and transform furniture and doors, and they come in a dazzling array of materials and styles. Here is my selection of fabulous stores which I plunder for interior design projects and my own home.
Haute Déco: high end glamour
Haute Deco is famed for being “the haute couture of door knobs” with an amazing, exclusive collection of handcrafted luxury decorative hardware. Their showroom on the King’s Road, London is almost like an art gallery and a real joy to visit.
Chloe Alberry: antique and ethnic
I often pass this specialist shop on my travels to interior design projects in Notting Hill, West London. Like the surrounding antique shops on the Portobello Road, it’s a treasure trove of lovely decorative knobs and pulls sourced from India and elsewhere. Also good for handmade-looking hooks and hinges.
SDS Ironmongery: the all-rounder
Near to my interior design studio in Battersea, SDS has a vast range of handles, knobs and other architectural ironmongery. With over 10,000 lines in stock, they’re a great place to shop online or in store if you are updating your property and want everything to look smart and streamlined.
Hafale: the professional’s secret
If you are into property renovation, and like me are particular about finishes and fittings, do check out the Hafale ranges. Hafale is a leading trade supplier of architectural ironmongery (and the best glass sliding doors, incidentally). You can find your nearest stockist on their website.
Zara Home: fashion update
Surprisingly, Zara Home is a brilliant source of decorative knobs in porcelain and glass, which are ideal for updating a chest of drawers or cupboard.
John Lewis: wide range
Good old John Lewis stocks all kinds of door knobs, handles and pulls, ranging from decorative to practical, traditional and modern. While you’re there, it’s a great store to mooch around for other household items too.
Willow and Son: Traditional decorative
If you have a period home and like a vintage style, this well-established firm will have something for you. They are a traditional ironmonger for the 21st century and most of their stock is made in the UK.
G Johns: Old school
This place reminds me of those lovely shops that keep all their stock in little wooden drawers and give you a handwritten receipt. In fact, the showroom in North London is vast and the service is very up to date, but there’s something reassuring about this long-established family firm.
Maisons du Monde: Cute and pretty
If you are doing up a child’s room, as I am at the moment in Battersea, have look at what Maisons du Monde have to offer. They have some gorgeous small decorative door knobs in lovely colours.
Anthropologie: Hippy nomad style
Anthropologie is known as high street fashion shop – but it also stocks wonderful hippy-nomad style decorative interior pieces. Hidden among the dresses and faux fur pieces, you’ll find a small range of decorative cabinet knobs in jewel colours that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1970’s boutique hotel.
So, never underestimate the impact of household hardware and decorative accessories. It is often the little details that lift a property from functional to fabulous.
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