How to Choose the Right Door Pull Plates
Door pull plates are seemingly minute in the world of door hardware, but they play a major role in interior design. A business in need of a facelift can get an amazing renovation with door hardware alone. There are many styles of pull plates on the market today, and each of them have a unique aesthetic. This guide will help you sift through the options so you can choose the right door pull plates for your business.
Simple vs. Decorative
Some door plates are designed to look sleek and polished. Others are made to be ornate and eye-catching. Both styles are great in their own right, but they may not fit the design of your building. As you sort through your options, think about the style of the building itself and the design on the interior. Do you have crisp, modern lines or intricate scroll work and moldings? Will a decorative pull plate fit with the rest of the space, or are you better off with a simpler approach?
Keep in mind that there are different options for decorative and sleek door pulls. For instance, you can get a simple pull with an oval design or you could get one with a rectangular design. You could get a decorative pull with rope-like trim, or you could get one with a beautiful arch on the top or bottom. You can choose a custom design that fits your business perfectly.
Which Finish Should I Choose?
Once you know what design you want for your door pull plates, you need to select a finish. Some of the most popular finishes for pull plates include:
- Polished Brass
- Antique Brass
- Satin Brass
- Antique Nickel
- Satin Nickel
- Antique Copper
- Oil Rubbed Bronze
- Venetian Bronze
- Weathered Rust
- Verdigris (blue-ish patina often seen on copper or brass)
Choose a finish that matches your existing door hardware, cabinet hardware, lighting, and other elements. If you plan to change those during a remodel, choose door pull plates that fit the new design.
Consider how often the door pull will be used. If it’s in a high traffic area, you may want a finish that will not show fingerprints easily. Avoid glossy finishes like polished brass or chrome and stick with a matte finish like satin brass or oil rubbed bronze.
Complete the Look with Corresponding Push Plates and Kick Plates
Many doors that have pull plates also have push plates. These are flat pieces of metal that people can push onto with their hands, shoulders, boxes, etc. The push plate protects the door from dirt and fingerprints, and it creates a designated area for people to place their hands.
When selecting the right door pull plates for your business, also consider the push plates that will go on the opposite side. Ideally, these two should tie into one another to create a cohesive look for the business. Furthermore, you may consider a matching kick plate to go on the doors. Kick plates are used on exterior doors, but they may also be used on swinging interior doors. Much like a push plate, a kick plate is designed to protect the door from shoes, dollies, and other devices that may push open the door.
At WR Hardware, we offer a wide selection of kick plates, push plates, and pull plates for your business. If you need help selecting the best option for your building, call (301) 223-1921 to speak with one of our door hardware experts. We will guide you through the selection process and set up fast, affordable shipping for your door parts.