Choosing a stylish door knocker is important because it is the first thing anyone will see once they are at your front door. Even if you have a working doorbell, which you primarily use, an attractive door knocker is worth considering since not only is it a great conversational starter, but it can add an extra touch of charm to the exterior of your home.

Whether you are struggling with choosing the perfect knocker from the huge variety or you do not know the first thing about them, our guide is here to help you with all the gritty details.

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What Type of Door Knockers Are There?

Construction-wise, there are two main types of door knockers - surface mounted door knockers and through-the-door knockers. Surface ones are attached on the surface with screws and through-the door knockers are fixed with bolts from the inside, so they go through the whole door. The trough-the-door knocker is more secure, but you might regret it due to the holes it will leave in the front door.

Which Material Should I Choose for a Door Knocker?

Brass Alligator Style Door Knocker
Cast Iron Lion Door Knocker
Brass Dragonfly Style Door Knocker
Cast Iron Squirrel Door Knocker
Grey Pewter Door Knocker
Letter Monogram Metallic Door Knocker

What Style Door Knocker Will Match my Home Exterior?

Country Home Style Bird Door Knocker
Sea Style Iron Door Knocker
Elegant Doctor Door Knocker
Georgian Styled Lion Door Knocker
Antique Tuscan Iron Door Knocker
Simple Modern Black Door Knocker

How Do I Match the Door Knocker to my Front Door?

Silver Chinese Dragon Door Knocker
Golden Brown Lion Door Knocker
Light Brown Welcome Door Knocker
Dark Brown Fleur Door Knocker
Black Cast Iron Door Knocker
Black Round with Straight Line Door Knocker

Quick Tips

Here is our cheat sheet that offers a briefer overview on choosing the right door knocker:

➢ There are two types of door knockers: a surface mounted door knocker and through-the-door knocker.

➢ There are five materials that are most commonly used to make door knockers - cast iron, pewter, copper, stainless-steel and brass. Each comes with different benefits such as copper does not rust, stainless-steel has anti-freezing properties, brass and cast iron are most durable.

➢ If you happen to live in a period home, you should stick with accessories in the same period. Georgian and regency homes beg for brass pieces. For Victorian styled ones, a cast iron door knocker is best.

Contemporary homes have all the freedom in the world and the only thing is to best match the material of the door knocker to the material of the handle.

Light brown wooden doors ask for chrome or brass and darker colored doors would look well with a traditional cast iron door knocker.