Question: We are building a house, and I am not sure whether I should use the same door hardware throughout the entire house? It feels like such a big decision. Is it really necessary to use the same thing everywhere?
Phoebe's Answer: For the most part, we use the same hardware finish and style throughout the house. For finishes, we like bronze, unlacquered brass or satin nickel. For styles, you really have to choose between knobs or levers. We use both. Levers are a bit easier to operate, but knobs have a smaller, more traditional look. The hinges always match the knobs. When possible, we design custom hardware.
The exception to this is bathrooms. We do what is called a "split finish" in bathrooms—you match the interior door hardware to the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom. So, if you have bronze door hardware in the house but polished nickel plumbing fixtures in a bathroom, the door handle inside of the bathroom would be polished nickel.
In kitchens, we keep the same door hardware as in the rest of the house. The cabinet pulls and knobs do not have to match this hardware, although of course they should look good together.
Small details make a difference. For example, we prefer square corner hinges with finials. When budget allows, olive hinges are really beautiful. Here are some examples to show you what we mean: