House clinic: which door furniture will be most suitable?

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Celia Rufey, Homes & Gardens decorating expert

Our expert Celia Rufey answers your questions

Celia Rufey has been the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for over 30 years and she also has her own range of fabrics.

Iron door furniture
We are getting a new front door for our cottage and are looking for door furniture that is classic but doesn’t look “olde worlde”.

With new doors, choose simple furniture in a style that provides a nod to the tradition of the house or, as this is a 21st-century door, fit more contemporary furniture. Try to avoid a historical pastiche. Priors Reclamation, 01746 712450,, has classic fittings in smooth matt black iron, such as an iron ring knocker (1), £38.36; plain round door knob (2), £19.74; iron rim lock (3), £42.06; and several styles of plain hinge. You could also team the elegant Beamish FD037 doorknob, £60.81 pair, with the Escutcheon FD000 keyhole, £4.17; both Finesse, 01207 599754, Clayton Munroe, 01803 865700,, has simple door furniture too, which comes in a pleasing grey Patine finish.

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