Cool doorknob

Photo: Matthew Williams, from Remodelista

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The Handsome Accessory That Gets Better with Age
We loved Julie Carlson's idea to use all matte black hardware in her book, Remodelista. Yes, the knobs and door knockers will wear over time—a sign of the many guests you've welcomed—which is why Carlson recommends choosing a metal that matches the tones of the door's paint. Nickel works best for blue, green and other cool colors (a peek of silver will shine through as the years pass), while brass pieces complement warmer shades—perfect for the classic red door.

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