Fourteen New Interior Door Knob Options

Right before we installed the hardwood floors upstairs, we mentioned how we sprayed all of the blue trim and doors upstairs here

… but they’re now naked when it comes to knobs.

We’re no strangers to ORBing things like we did here, but a lot of the doors here were rusted and pitted and some were even jammed/didn’t turn/didn’t lock.

So in this case, it really makes sense for us to replace them with something befitting of our freshly painted six panel doors. On one hand, it was a bummer to have to shell out loot for new knobs, but on the other hand the doors are in awesome shape and look like new with glossy white paint on them- so it’s a lot easier on the budget to just get new knobs (and hinges, which Home Depot sells in bulk “contractor packs”) than to replace all of the doors themselves.

I think we were aiming for two things when it came to our knob hunt: something classic (to work with our house’s style) and something special (we thought it was a fun opportunity to choose something you don’t see every day). So here are a few of the knobs that we courted, so to speak:

  1. This $56 white porcelain knob with a pewter stem
  2. This dark-toned $108 antique-ish knob
  3. This $73 chrome knob with a square plate
  4. This $35 oil-rubbed bronze knob with a rectangular plate behind it
  5. This $90 oil rubbed bronze & crystal one
  6. This $109 plated knob
  7. This $105 egg-knob in polished chrome
  8. This $28 oblong ORBed one
  9. This $24 chrome knob
  10. This $30 satin nickel egg-knob
  11. This blinged out $97 crystal and satin nickel one
  12. This $16 classic oil-rubbed bronze knob
  13. This interestingly shaped $43 satin-nickel knob
  14. This dark-toned $30 lever knob

It definitely wasn’t an easy decision – we honestly thought almost any of them would work nicely – but in the end it came down to what we were drawn to most, and our budget of course (some of the pricier ones would have been 1K worth of knobs just for the upstairs!). We’ve been in love with the idea of rich mocha hardwood floors, white trim and doors, and dark knobs for a while – just because that classic high contrast look seems so perfect for this house. So that helped us eliminate a few. And when we came across inspiring photos like this one and this one, it was pretty clear to us that we loved the look of a rectangular plate behind the knob – just for the added interest that it brought.

In the end, we chose these $35 guys (#4 above) for the four bedrooms and these $24 ones for the two bathrooms (they’re similar to #12 but without a hole in the middle and in the same finish as the other knobs since they’re the same maker, so we thought that was worth it). Then we got the cheaper closet versions of those for the closets (many of which could be dummy knobs like this).

Oh and before checking out I googled around for a coupon code that took 10% off of our order and gave us free shipping. So that saved us some cash.

We hope the new knobs will add up to an entire upstairs floor with a fresh-yet-classic feeling. We already have the dark hinges up, so we’re just waiting on our doorknobs…

It’s crazy to think a few short weeks ago the upstairs hallway looked like this.

As much as I thought the old carpet and blue trim were burned into my mind, they’re like a distant memory now that we’re all moved in. It’s funny how quickly your brain adjusts when you update things. Maybe that explains my love of before pictures. They save the starting point forever so you can always look back and say “dude, remember that?!”

*Update: none of the links in this post are affiliate links (got a question about it, so I thought I’d add a little note for ya).


  1. says

    Out of your lineup of 14, you picked the one I picked! I approve. Do you ever see yourselves jumping on the dark-painted door trend in the future? I love the look of white but am curious about going dark. :)

    • says

      We like that idea in theory, so we might try it down the road. I think the first step for us was getting the house un-dark if that makes sense (dark trim and wood and wallpaper everywhere had us craving white) – but you never know where we’ll end up!


    • Angel says

      Also I have to say I love that with this house you are doing budget friendly things (like reusing existing doors) mixed with “long term home” investment type things (like knew, nicer knobs).

      Perfect mix, I would say. Cant wait to see them on the doors!

  2. says

    The before pictures are precisely the reason why I suggested to the hub that he make notes of all of his changes for a project. Sometimes we just don’t remember what the original thought or intent was.

    A few moments of detailing what was going on in our brain with an idea beats trying to sift through that incredible organ looking for the origination point!

    Oh, and love being able to “walk through” the journey of your thought process as you make your new place fully yours!

    • Marjorie says

      We did some major work to our home a few years ago, and I just thought I was trying to erase my memory of all the labor. But, yeah, I’ve noticed that it takes no time at all to get used to a change and it’s amazing how quickly you forget how things were.

  3. Alice H says

    We have #14 and I hate them! My 3 year old son thinks they are some form of fun jungle-gym equipment and likes to hang on them putting one hand on each side of the door. UGH!

    I like the choices you picked! You guys are amazing at changing your homes look!!

    • KarinK says

      REALLY? Those were my favorites. Hmmm… never considered the kid angle – good food for thought. Thanks!

    • alisha says

      My husband installed one door with this style…The exterior basement door that leads to the shop. This way he can open the door with the end of a long board or object he may be moving by himself.

    • Jessie says

      i was thinking the same thing –
      1 – the kid thing
      2 – easy to open for elderly and when you don’t have a free hand.

      My 17 month old can open doors now, thanks to our levers – can’t hide from him now – LOL

      And yes, if you have something in your hand or even if your hands hurt – say you arthritis or something, those levers are life savers

      Never thought about the child using it as a jungle gym… the things I have to look forward to. Greaaat… LOL

  4. Jan says

    We have the white doors and ORB knobs (no backplate) in our mid-’60s colonial. Love them! I do have to re-spray one, however, because the previous dog clawed the finish. So I’ll be following your ORB tute shortly. thanks!

  5. Jennifer says

    Love the knobs, especially the rectangular plate! Kinda confused why you got a different style for the bathroom…since there is only one bathroom leading to the hall, all of the knobs will match except for that one. In my head it looks strange – why not get the rectangular one for the hall bath? (you could still do the round one in the master bath, since it will be next to the master closet knob). Not trying to be difficult, just thinking it would look more seamless – love them though! :)

    • says

      We figure if it looks weird we can get another one for that door, we just thought since there’s also a linen closet on that hall (with two double doors, and the plated knobs would look like too much on that spot – we just think it’s too heavy) that a break with some simple knobs on the closet and the bathroom might work well :)


    • Melanie says

      I actually like the idea of the bedrooms having a cohesive doorknob style and the bathroom/linen closet doors just a simple knob to set them apart. When directing guests to the bathroom you can just tell them the door without the knob plate….hopefully they won’t pee in the linen closet;)

  6. Amanda says

    LOVE the knob choices – very classy, yet fresh and new like you said! This doesn’t have to do with the knob choice, but looking at your hardwood floors again reminded me I wanted to ask a question when you originally posted about them! This is probably a “well, duh” question, but did you have to cut the hardwoods to fit your rooms and wall corners or did the store do that for you?

    • says

      Oh yes we had to do that! John’s writing another post with more detailed info about how we dealt with the hard stuff (corners, doorways, angled walls, etc) since so many people have asked for more info. Stay tuned!


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