If you ask a layman: what is ironmongery? I am sure his/her reply will be that it is something related to iron gates and railings. Although this is true to a certain extent, the items included in this category are not only limited to iron related products. Because, ironmongery is a vast term which basically has its roots originated from the iron industry, but as time has progressed items made from brass, aluminum, steel, and different metals joined the bandwagon of ironmongery items and the field widened. The main objective of using architectural ironmongery is to use the correct items in the correct places in regards to design, finish and ergonomics.
Most would agree that the construction of a house is not restricted only to use of raw materials such as concrete, cement, stone, etc., but there are various other components like doors, windows, vents, and cupboards which constitute an important part of every dwelling. When designing and building a home, most people pay a lot of attention to the structure and layout and basic materials yet sometimes forget to pay that same level of attention to the finishes. These finishes include the door, window and joinery ironmongery. Elegant and well selected door hardware can make a huge difference to the appearance. Today you can find a plethora of ironmongery brands being sold in the market manufactured by different manufacturers. Hence it makes it tricky for the consumer to choose wisely.
So how to enhance the look of your home by selecting the correct hardware… Firstly agree on a metal finish such as polished chrome, antique brass or bronze and then use that finish throughout. Have a maximum of 2/3 finishes in total so not to confuse the look. Then decide on the style, whether you want modern door handles or maybe more traditional door knobs. Then use the same theme with joinery ironmongery to give a consistent feel to your finishes. To make life easier you can use a range or suite of ironmongery to ensure the finish and style matches.
Agreed, you can purchase individual lines from various companies in similar sounding designs and styles, however, when using one suite of ironmongery you can be sure of the uniformness. Suites such as the crystal suite, or the real bronze suite collate a group of products all belonging to the same family.
Utilizing a suite of ironmongery not only adds consistency in decorating your house but also makes it look beautiful and eye catching. Let us, for instance, say, the use of the crystal suite. As the name suggests these door knobs carry a crystal clear appearance and look refreshed as compared to regular knobs having metallic finish. These knobs can match all types of interiors without a second thought. The charisma of these knobs enhances when the light hits them, transforming them and the room they sit in.