IS MATT BLACK THE NEW GREY
Following on from the Mrs Hinch Grey Obsession during lockdown – many of us are now moving onto more the next trend. Instagram has proven to be a great inspiration for many of those lacking the stimulation, whether it be the influx of beautiful faux plants or just a splash of colour around the home through accessories. We have come across a number of white walls, black photo frames and black bannisters. Many have opted for this theme due to the clean, crisp and modern look.
HOW CAN I ACHIEVE THIS MATT BLACK AND WHITE LOOK IN THe HALLWAY?
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Painting your walls the right shade of white – you’ll need a soft and bright finish,
The black statement pieces can be added through painting your bannister black – remember to sand down the bannister prior to applying paint.
Another great option is updating your internal door – you can paint your internal door to match the interiors rather than replacing the door which can turn out to be quite costly.
Adding on your chosen handles – these come in so many different variations – lever handles, round roses, square roses or placed on a backplate. For more information on how to choose a door handle – please find our interior-handles-and-knobs" target="_blank" rel="noopener">buying guide here.
Cupboards located underneath the stairs are normally neglected – these can be updated with a lick of paint and a new cupboard handle or knob. You may have a lockable door that you use a Matt Black Escutcheon with your lever handle.
Here is a checklist to help you decide your vision -
Her are some examples for you...
This clean and modern looking handle is from a supplier called Atlantic. They do many items in this range and also many other finishes. Below is an alternative square rose lever handle.
From the same supplier is the 3" or 4" (depending on the size of your door) Door Hinge in the Matt Black Finish.
This Hinge is part of the Forme Italian Designer Range that is Made in Italy. It is part of the Urban Colour Collect as is available in a range of finishes that include:-
- Urban Matt Black
- Urban Graphite
- Urban Bronze
How beautiful would this look on a side board in your hallway. This can also be used on many other items in your home, kitchen draws or even on a coffee table draw. There are many other cupboard handles to chose from in many other finishes. Take a look at the full range here..
This black cupboard knob by Hafele is 38mm in diameter and 30 projection. It would be perfect for any cupbaord doors or Unit draws. As like most of our products these can also be used on bedroom furniture or in the kitchen and all throughout the home.
Matt Black Furniture for Toilets and Bathrooms
The Matt Black Turn & Release is perfect for a bathroom or a downstairs toilet.
To see our full range of Matt Black products check it out here... This includes black items for cottages and older period homes and offices.
For any advice or guidance either comment below, or contact via the website contact form. Or you can call us on 01252 786510.
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
We would like to wish all of our friends, family, colleagues and customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Wishing everyone the best start to 2020. Set your goals and try your best to reach them and try not to overindulge too much Christmas Day ;)
If your New Year's resolution is to refurb the kitchen, to update the units or perhaps an upcycle project, then if we can help provide anything to enable you to create your vision then please get in touch or take a look on our site. We would love to see what you create if you want to share on social media with us as well.
Please note that Christmas opening hours are as follows -
24/12/19 - 7.30- Midday
25/12/19 - Closed
30/12/19 - Closed
31/12/19 - Closed
01/01/20 - Closed
02/01/20 - Open as normal 7.30am - 5.00pm
Any queries, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs over the Christmas period.
Unit 26 Waterfront Business Park, Fleet, Hants, GU51 3QT.
So... Christmas is coming. And we all want our homes to look the best for the family and friends coming to share the special day! One of the ways to check everything is in order in time for Christmas, is to take a walk around the house with a pen and paper and make a small list of anything you want to get sorted before the big day.
What to look for before Christmas
Here is are list of what to check around the house. Some of which can be sorted so easily and can also cost very little. Doing a few small things can have a big impact on the way your home looks!
Wobbly Cupboards -
Check your hinges aren't broken or rusty. Get a toothbrush to clean grained wood.. by giving them a good clean they can look brand new!
Marks on doors or walls-
Little hand prints/ scratches etc. And if you cannot remove a scratch or mark, get some more artwork up. Or a new pic of the kids!
Check your internal doors and skirting and coving. Not the nicest job doing the glossing but it can make the world of difference to your home. Don't forget to check the bathroom!
Wobbly Chair Legs
You don't want Aunt Sall falling off during the turkey dinner! - Or maybe you do!
Don't forget to polish the chair legs as well as the table.
Polished/ Waxed dining table
Ready for guests to feast on. If a standard table polish isn't good enough to remove starches or marks, then get yourself some wood wax or wood stain. It can transform a wooden table. If you have bigger scratches or chips, there are other products out there to help heal your furniture. Such as, Pens, Chalks and Sanding equipment.
Any DIY is finished (Or hidden if not finished).
No-one wants the husband's push bike building hobby staring at them! Upcycle something old to store things in and can be a great feature in a room! Or if your Unfinished DIY is a upcycle project, get some cheap Christmas looking fabric from a store and cover it up!
Clean and undamaged Handles or knobs
- Replacing your door handles/ knobs can transform a room. Quite often this is the first thing they see when entering a room.
Make sure they are not missing or broken! People will always nosey around your bathroom, either to occupy the time or just because Aunt Sall is nosey! Also make sure your bathroom lock is functioning properly, even the wine you have won't make walking in on Aunt Sall less traumatic!
Above everything, have the best Christmas time with your friends and family!!!! And truly once Aunt Sall has had a couple of glasses of red, she won't care that you have a kitchen cupboard missing or a mosaic of child sized handprints in the landing! ; )
Have you been carried along by the massive excitement of Downton Abbey! Well I have and I've already seen the new film twice and, I must say, it was as splendid, extravagant and magnificent as I thought it would be. The intricate story about the Crawley family preparing for the Royal Visit is a joy to behold. The antics of the disgruntled servants are hilarious and the many amusing and caustic remarks thrown in by Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess are legendary.
What about the costumes?
Well, they are absolutely divine of course; Wonderfully luxurious and beautiful fabrics, embellished with stunning jewels, beads and embroidery. Accessorised with splendid long, sparkling necklaces and pendants with head-dresses and hats lavishly decorated with feathers, braid and ribbons.
It got us thinking about all the period and jewel-like door knobs and cupboard knobs and handles that could give your home the same luxurious look and feel of Downton Abbey. Just like the Hafele range of Modern Life Glitter round and square knobs.
With pure Swarovski elements, the Modern Life Crystal knobs and pulls are sumptuously glamorous and opulent, just like the beautiful Downton Abbey chandeliers dazzling in the sunlight.
The magnificent Downton Abbey
It is a stately home I bet all of us would love to live in. If you want to re-create the Art Deco look of the 1920s and 30s in your own home, then look no further than the Heritage Brass Charleston and Broadway knobs on backplate or the Carlisle Brass Facetted Crystal knobs for that authentic Art Deco feel.
Choose striking, bold and contrasting colours for your walls and furniture, mixed with silver, black and chrome. Bold geometry and symmetrical designs showcase the Art Deco style, with decadent details like sparkling mirrors and bejewelled boxes adorning your dressing table. Add our glitzy cupboard knobs and handles to your bedroom chest to complete your extravagant and grand interior.
We can all take a step closer to our dream home with lavish Art Deco accessories and furnishings and live the life of 'Crawley'!
Why did I receive a Penalty Notice Email?On the 1st of July 2019, two emails were sent out to all of our customers regarding a penalty notice. They appeared to be from us here at Handles4doors. After investigating what has happened our email provider confirmed that our email campaign account was hacked into. They were able to create two phishing emails and sent them out to all of our customers. We can confirm that these emails are not from us and are spam emails. We hugely apologise that you received these two emails and we kindly ask that you delete them and do not open any links.
What have we done about this?We noticed straight away that these emails had been sent out. The first thing we did was go into our email campaign provider and change all passwords to stop anyone from gaining access, and reported the incident to the provider. They also began investigating straight away. We then reported the incident to the Information Commissioner's Office. They also began an investigation. We were then inundated with telephone calls and emails regarding this and making us aware of the situation and also checking that no money was actually owed. The email campaign provider has since confirmed that someone on the 1st July gained access to the account by guessing credentials. We have since changed all of our passwords to all of our systems and followed many extra measures to ensure this doesn't happen again.
What Impact will this Penalty Notice email have on my computer?We can confirm that the individuals who gained access to our email campaigns were only able to see email addresses. We DO NOT store any addresses or bank details in this system. In fact, we do not store any BANK DETAILS anywhere in our company. Any hardcopy details from our customers are disposed of in the correct confidential way (invoices etc). To this date (18/07/19) we have had no impact reported by anyone who received the emails. A few people tried to open the email links, (please don't do this), but have reported that nothing happened to their computer. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us on 01252 786510 or [email protected] And huge apologies again for any inconvenience caused.
What's new for Handles4doors? The big reveal is now upon us!
New Site Design
We have a very exciting time for us in 2019. We now have a NEW and improved website design. The new design is faster, with a great new filter system to narrow down your search easily. We have created a much easier and quicker checkout for you, and completed some work in the background to make everything faster. Hopefully that outcome is that it makes your shopping trip with us even better. Any feedback about the site would really be welcome - Contact us be email [email protected] or give us a call on 01252 786510.
New Product Ranges
We have added a budget, mid range and a luxury range of Bathroom Accessories! The Luxurious range is the DeLeau XL range by Carlisle Brass. DeLeau (from the French meaning of water) is the architectural quality range of bathroom accessories. It is slightly more expensive then the others ranges we have because it is made with Grade 316 Stainless Steel, which doesn't rust. This is very much desired, with them being used in an environment where water is involved It should mean that they will last a lifetime. Each product comes with fixing screws, wallplugs and concealed fixing plate.
De Leau LX
In this Luxury Deleu range there are a many different products to match all of your bathroom accessories. Some of these are; Robe Hooks, Tumbler and Holder, Towel Rings, Glass Shelves, Towel Rails, Toilet Roll Holder and Toilet Brush and Holder. These are also available in two different finishes; Bright Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel.
Britannia Range[caption id="attachment_635" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hafele Britannia Towel Rail[/caption] The mid range we have selected is the Britannia Range by Hafele. These products are made from Brass/Zinc and then Polished Chrome plated. In this range we have a toilet roll holder, a double robe hook, a towel ring, a glass shelf and a tumbler and holder. It is a nice range for your bathroom at a great price.
Provence[caption id="attachment_634" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Provence Range[/caption]
The Budget range is a range called Provence and is also made by Hafele. This consists of a Toilet Roll Holder a Double Robe Hook and a towel ring. This range is made with Zing Alloy and then Chrome Plated. The prices of these are fab, so if you are looking to kit out your bathroom on a shoe string, this is the range for you!
Tools and ConsumablesThis is something that fits under our umbrella. We are now selling Cleansers, Touch-up equipment, Furniture Waxes, Polishes, Wood Fillers and Maintenance & Packaging. Some examples of these new items are as follows -
Need something New that you can't see?
If there is something you are after that you can't see, please get in touch and if sure we can get it for you! Also keep an eye out on our site for discounts and promotions that we are running to help you save on your purchase! read our blog on ways to save here...
Opening Hours this ChristmasWe are open until Christmas Eve and do not return until the 2nd of January 2019 (feels so weird writing 2019!) By all means, please continue to buy our lovely products, but just note that the last despatch date is 21/12/18 and nothing with then be despatched/ processed until we reopen in the new year. You can find more details on our opening hours on Google but here is the breakdown of our hours over Christmas and new year - 24/12/18 - 7.30 - Midday 25/12/18 - Closed 26/12/18 - Closed 27/12/18 - 01/01/19 - closed Reopen - 02/01/19
What's new after Christmas?We have something very exciting we are launching in the new year! Please keep your eyes peeled! We are working on something which will improve the way you can all shop with us and also what you can shop with us! Exciting right? Any questions or if your query is urgent, please contact us on 01252 786510. For general customer service questions please email [email protected] Really hope everyone has an amazing time and we will see you in 2019!
Different styles of natural pewter handlesThe great thing about pewter is not only does it look great with its rustic finish, it also has excellent anti-erosion qualities. There are many different types of Pewter that you can choose from, so some of these are as follows -
Pewter Effect reduced range If there is something you cant find, chances are, we can get it for you. Just ask us! 01252 786510 or email us at [email protected] If you are local, we do have a showroom you can visit if you wanted to talk in person - Unit 26, Waterfront Business Park, Fleet, Hants, GU51 3QT.
So you want to know what is hot right now?We thought our readers may like to know what is hot in the ironmongery industry right now? Our top seller for 2018 so far is our Frelan Hardware Cupboard Knob. It is 30mm in diameter and is finished a lovely polished chrome for all of you magpies out there. Not only does it look amazing, but its only £0.69 each! What a bargain! So what does this hot shiny top seller look like I here you say....
Number 2 on the hot list!The second most popular product this year so far is the Hafele White Porcelain Cupboard Knob. Another shiny finished product for you magpies! Its is 38mm in diameter and only costs £1.20 each! Another hot bargain. These look great on chest drawers or bedside cabinets!
So? What else is hot this year?There are a few other hot items out there right now, one of them being our 156mm Mitford Bar handle. It is made by Hafele and finished in Polished Chrome. It also has a great cost at £1.47 each. Another most popular hinge sold this year is our Hettich Sensys Soft Close Hinge Set, Standard Kit with Wing Mount Plate. SKU: HE9071205K
- 35mm cup diameter
- 12.8mm cup depth
- Suitable for doors 15-22mm thick
- Soft-closing functionality
- Complete with winged mount plate, fixing screws & cover caps
- Sold as a set
We know some of our products can be confusing to the new or inexperienced DIY-er especially the term 'Euro' escutcheons or 'standard' escutcheons.
EURO LOCK HANDLES AND EURO ESCUTCHEONS (keyhole covers)
We get a fair amount of feedback about euro handles, locks and escutcheons. If you see the word 'Euro' in a title or description then this means that you need a 'cylinder lock' in your door for these items to fit.
There are Door Handles on a Euro Backplate and Euro Escutcheons. They have a large keyhole shape in them and this fits around a 'cylinder lock'. Here is an example of a Door Handle on Euro Backplate and a Euro Escutcheon:[caption id="attachment_581" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Euro on a Backplate[/caption] [caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Euro Escutcheons[/caption]
STANDARD LOCK DOOR HANDLES AND ESCUTCHEONS (keyhole covers)
All door handles that fit on to a Mortice Lock, are called a Door Handles on a Lock Plate. They can also be a Door Handle on a Standard Lock Plate. If someone is referring to an Escutcheon, they mean a Standard Escutcheons. Here are some examples.
All types of escutcheons are used to cover the keyhole cut-out in the door, to create a nice neat finish. They would be used if you have a Door Handle on Rose or a Door Knob on the door. This type of door handle or knob is not mounted onto a backplate which would have the keyhole cut-out, so the escutcheon has to be a separate component.
If you are every unsure of anything, please feel free to get in contact with us. We have a great team who are specialists in our technical department, who will always be happy to help you. You can call us on 01252 786510 or email us a [email protected] and someone from our tech team will come back to you as soon as they can.
We have many other articles which may be able to help you as well. Some of these are -
Who's been upcycling - https://www.handles4doors.co.uk/blog/blog/whos-been-upcycling/
Help, I already have fixing holes - https://www.handles4doors.co.uk/blog/blog/fixing-holes/
Top Tips for saving you money - https://www.handles4doors.co.uk/blog/blog/top-tips-saving-money/
Whats behind the door - https://www.handles4doors.co.uk/blog/blog/whats-behind-the-door/
Is there something that interests you, that you would like us to write about? Just let us know!