How to add finishing touches to 10 popular decorating styles

08th July 2021

Decor styles and door handles

Your home is a place where you want to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Styling is an individual decision and will depend on many things such as your personal situation and stage of life. Careful attention to detail is important in creating a cohesive, stylish and comfortable home. Choosing your door handles and hardware should be as deliberate as selecting that perfect sofa.

How can I decide which door handles and hardware to choose?

The following ideas are provided for ten popular decorating styles in Australia. We have suggested complete solutions for door handle and hardware for each style. Some solutions apply to multiple decorating styles, while other solutions are particularly suited to specific styles. There are many alternatives and possibilities in the Lemaar range of products - you are limited only by your imagination. Check our website for a comprehensive range of door handles and door hardware products to suit your own design requirements.

 

Styling Traditional

Traditional design style draws on a wide range of decorating styles, based on European aesthetics, offering classic details, plush furnishings and luxe accessories. Dark polished wood, rich colour palettes and a variety of textures and curved lines characterise this décor style. Symmetry is important so home furnishing often includes matching tables, lamps and mirrors. Think fabrics like velvet, silk and brocade that may include a variety of patterns and textures, skirted furniture, classic pieces such as Chesterfields and Louis chairs, elegant wallpapers, statement lighting, period paintings, antiques, curated vignettes, oriental rugs, chandeliers and architectural details such as French doors, architraves and ceiling roses.  

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Avila range that offers you a complete solution of matching entrance, passage and privacy door handles which will achieve that elegant and comforting  ambience that you want for your home.

door handle

Traditional decor   

Image: Matt Briney @mbriney 

https://unsplash.com/photos/PWzDf1AhdpY

 

Door hardware to suit traditional styling

The curved lines of the Avila range of door handles and hardware in satin chrome and chrome plate, including a privacy set, complement the architecture and décor typical of traditional styling.

Avila passage door handle, chrome plate

Avila passage door handle, satin chrome

 

 

Styling Contemporary

Contemporary design is constantly changing. Unlike other decorating styles that may be well defined, what might be ‘in’ today as a contemporary look may be ‘out’ tomorrow. Think about different trends over time, from the use of curved lines, neutral colours and minimalism to a focus on indoor-outdoor living...what will your needs be in 5 years…10 years…20 years? Use of black and bold colours can transform the look of a home to provide different moods over time. Sliding doors enable flexible use of open spaces and allow people to adapt to changing tastes or the need for different functions.

If you want to maintain, or create, a contemporary look to your home, then explore our collections including the Altro and Orba range that offers you a complete solution of satin chrome and black door handles and hardware, and the Lemaar 120 x 40mm Radius Oval Flush Pull for sliding doors, to achieve flexibility in meeting your changing future décor options.

 

Modern decor

R ARCHITECTURE @rarchitecture_melbourne 

https://unsplash.com/photos/KQgrVfR3r74

 

Door hardware to suit modern styling and decor

Altro, entrance door handle, black

Orba, passage door handle, satin chrome

Orba, privacy door handle, black

Flush pulls for sliding doors can be used when organising – and re-organising -spaces. The Lemaar 120 x 40mm Radius Oval Flush Pull is ideal for use on internal sliding cavity doors and is available in black, polished stainless steel and satin stainless steel.

 

Flush Pull, oval, black

 

Styling Coastal

Coastal styling in homes is not just reserved for those fortunate enough to live by the sea. Whilst over 85% of Australians live within 50 km of the coast, the trend includes anyone seeking a natural, indoor-outdoor relaxed feeling in their home. Think fresh white walls, wicker furniture, breezy fabrics, reclaimed timbers and natural textures.  

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Almeri range that offers you a complete solution of white door handles and hardware that will achieve that soft beachy vibe that you want for your home.

Coastal theme

Tina Witherspoon

https://unsplash.com/photos/fpKrFJUiPA8

 

Door handles to suit coastal interior design

The Almeri white and brushed brass door hardware range is becoming very popular in 2021, and we see this trend growing into 2022. White and brushed brass door handles suit coastal style homes. The Almeri range comes as a complete solution with front door, passage and privacy door handles, so you can get the same style across your home.

Almeri, privacy door handle, white

Almeri, privacy door handle, brushed brass

 

Styling Hamptons

Hamptons style homes are usually light-filled, bright and whitewashed with a sophisticated yet beachy vibe that feels both effortless and calming comfort with a touch of luxury. Many Australian homes have adopted and adapted this open-plan, breezy house style which originated on the east coast of Long Island in the USA.  Base colours are pure white, off-white or white-on-white combinations. The classic look is cream with black accents, or all black with white or metallic accents, paired with natural materials for warmth. Shades of blue check and stripe patterns are also seen in this decorating style. Think comfortable, overstuffed, luxe white sofas, buttoned cushions, linen throws, jute rugs, driftwood, large indoor plants and cobalt blue accents.

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Orba or Almeri ranges that offer you a complete solution of black, satin chrome or brushed brass door handles and hardware to achieve that natural but sophisticated design you want for your home.

Hamptons interior decor

Douglass Sheppard @candjstudios

https://unsplash.com/photos/9rYfG8sWRVo

 

The Orba range of door handles in either black or satin chrome suit Hamptons styling.

The satin chrome and black electroplate finishes of the Orba range provide high quality, durable finishes that you can feel, echoing the sophistication of the Hamptons decorating style.

Orba, passage door handle, black

Orba, passage door handle, satin chrome

 

Styling Scandinavian

Scandinavian (or Scandi) design is a combination of function and style. This minimalist décor style is based on the concept of hygge, a Danish word which loosely means cosiness, so it is all about no-fuss comfort, utility, clean lines and muted palettes with pops of colour. Textures and soft hues are blended to make sleek, modern décor feel warm and inviting. Think all-white colour palettes, organic patterns, natural elements like warm woods and greenery, functional furniture, uncluttered surfaces and smart, designer touches.

 

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Javea and the fire-rating compliant Lorca ranges that offer you a complete solution of black or satin chrome door handles and hardware to achieve that simple but comfortable and welcoming design you want for your home.

Scandinavian 'Scandi' styling

https://unsplash.com/photos/DBFoMExVPeI

Brina Blum @brina_blum

 

Available in a black electroplated black finish, the Javea range with square rosette provides a design aesthetic that aligns with Scandinavian décor.

Javea, passage handle, black

The fire-rating compliant Lorca range provides a round rosette and rounded handle as an option for Scandinavian décor.

Lorca, passage door handle, black

 

 

Styling Industrial

Industrial style is largely influenced by the lofty look and feel of factories and warehouses. Neutral palettes that consist of greys, black and white may be softened by colourful artworks. It’s an urban look with an edge – sustainable design celebrating large spaces, raw textures, exposed architectural elements and metal fixtures and finishes. Think stripped timber floorboards or polished concrete floors, layers of chipped paint, metal pipes and beams, ducts, industrial lighting fixtures and exposed brick walls as well as salvaged and recycled materials. 

 

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Lemaar square 600mm x 30mm back-to-back, stainless steel door pull and the Calida range that offers you a complete solution of stainless steel or black door handles and hardware to achieve that fuss-free, rugged, edgy style you want for your home.

Industrial or warehouse style

https://unsplash.com/photos/br7pWtG6B_g

Ramona Balaban @ramonabib

Door pull, square, back to back, stainless steel

Calida, privacy door handle, satin chrome

Calida, privacy door handle, black

 

 

Styling Minimalist

Minimalist decor centres on living that is neat, organised and clutter-free, accentuating the attractive features of a space, whether inside or outside. Everything has a purpose and good storage provides a practical way to achieve a minimalist look. Furnishings are simple and streamlined, and nothing is excessive or flashy in accessories or décor so that the focus is on essentials and items of personal value. Colours are mostly monochromatic, neutral and airy, and colour is used as an accent. Think ultra-clean lines, open spaces, uncomplicated shapes and cleared surfaces, with colours and textures harmonising to convey character.

 

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Girona range that offers you a complete solution of chrome plate and satin chrome handles and hardware to achieve that timeless, soothing space you want for your home.

 

Minimalist interior design

https://unsplash.com/photos/NvqYkDPE0Rw

Jorge de Jorge

 

The slim, uncomplicated but functional lines of the Girona range do not take the eye away from the essential elements and focus of a minimalist décor.

Girona, satin chrome, passage door handle

Girona, chrome plate, privacy handle

 

Styling French Provincial

French provincial decorating uses soft and chalky whites, refined details and rustic textures to create a balance between shabby and chic. This reflects its origins in the luxurious and ornate craftsmanship found in the French castles which later merged with the laid back, homely and unassuming style found in the surrounding villages. Typically, furniture tells a story rather than matching exactly and décor includes baskets, porcelain dinnerware and greenery. Think matte finishes through white-washed surfaces, rustic timbers and natural stone, architectural details such as curved legs, shutters and brass and wrought iron handles, and furniture such as antique dressers, farmhouse style tables with ladder back chairs and comfortable linen upholstered sofas.

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Almeri range that offers you a complete solution of white or brushed brass door handles and hardware, or the Avila range in satin chrome, that will achieve that subtle yet elegant look that you want for your home.

Styling French Provincial

https://unsplash.com/photos/rYZkQdz2t9o

Francesca Tosolini @fromitaly

 

The French Provincial style works well in both modern homes and traditional Federation or Californian Bungalow style homes.

The Almeri range of door handles and hardware, including a privacy set, is available in brushed brass and white to merge with the brass or white-on-white décor elements in a French Provincial setting.

Almeri, passage handle, white

Almeri, passage door handle, brushed brass

 

The curved lines of the Avila range of door handles and hardware in satin chrome may suit French Provincial décors that include wrought iron.

Avila, satin chrome, passage handle

 

Styling Eclectic

Many people have an eclectic decorating style based on their personal tastes and interests. Incorporating elements from various cultures, decorating styles and time periods results in a truly unique home. Thoughtful curating and linking different elements through colour, texture, patterns and finishes are required to make this style look cohesive rather than chaotic. Think mixing and matching opposing styles such as pre-loved with new, antique with contemporary, and serious with playful. Advocates of eclectic styling are often advised to use one texture at least three times in different areas around the home to achieve a unified and homely vibe. 

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the Berja range that offers you a complete solution of satin chrome, black and chrome plate door handles and hardware that will complement each of the design elements used to decorate your home.

Eclectic Styling

https://unsplash.com/s/photos/interior

Taylor Heery

 

The tapered style of the Berja range of door handles and hardware suits many decorating styles and should work well with all elements of an eclectic décor style.

Berja, passage handle, black

Berja, satin chrome, passage door handle

Berja, chrome door handle

 

 

Styling Bohemian

The only rule to a bohemian, or "Boho", decorating style is that there are no rules. It is a very personalised and relaxed style, inspired by 19th century French travellers, artists, actors and writers who valued creativity above money and chose to lead unconventional lives. Nothing is chosen to impress others in a bohemian-styled home. Every object says something about the owners, whether it represents memories, family, friends or attitudes. More is more, so there is no such thing as “too much”. Layered bold patterns, different types of lighting, and quirky accessories represent the owners’ tastes, and do not follow any design rules. Think evolving collections of family heirlooms, travel souvenirs, opportunity shop finds, handmade items and favourite ferns or succulents.  

If this is the look you want to create, then explore our collections including the fire-rating compliant Lorca range and the disability-compliant Tarifa range that offers you a complete solution of black and satin chrome handles and hardware to achieve that laidback vibe you want for your home.

Bohemian 'Boho' Styling

https://unsplash.com/photos/7bF7X2RGESk

Nasim Keshmiri

 

Bohemian décor may include a mix of door handles and hardware. The DDA compliant Tarifa range, for example, includes a latch and is available in electroplated black as well as satin chrome finishes.

Tarifa, DDA door handle

Tarifa, black door handle

Lorca, black, passage door handle

Finding your style and the right door handle

We hope this article helps you identify the style that you're aiming for, or find the right door handle for the style that you already have. To browse the entire range of Lemaar door hardware you can use the product filter at this link.

 

 

 

 

More Lemaar Articles

Your source for the latest design trends, tips and resources.

VIEW ALL ARTICLES
Calida handle security set satin chrome
Door Entry
View Products
Orba Lemaar black passage door handle v2
Door Handles
View Products
Category Electronic v3
Electronic Range
View Products

Newsletter

Sign to our newsletter and we will update you on the latest designs, styles and finishes in door hardware.

line-screen