Feeling like it’s all been done before? Or, not sure how to take your front doors to the next level? When designing a traditional iron door, there are many ways to customize—from unique handles, knobs, finishes, knockers, and more. Clark Hall’s experts can work with you to customize hand forged hardware to fit any vision—whether you’re dreaming of elegant door knockers or stately pull handles, we want to help make your traditional door stand out.

Design Options for Traditional Front Doors

Wondering where to begin? Take a look at our traditional front door gallery for inspiration. But that’s only the start. The hardware you use to open your door can be just as important as the design from afar. See our tips below to get started.

  1. Choosing Hardware — Knobs & Handles 

You might be asking, is there a difference? Yes, traditional door knobs usually have a circular head whereas handles tend to be more rectangular and can provide more flexibility to open the door. There are many types of door knobs including keyed entry, simple passage, and privacy door knobs. For a traditional front door, the door will most likely include some kind of keyed entry. Styles of door knobs range from rustic, classic, modern, and antique. Here are a few examples of traditional door handles and levers for inspiration.

Clark Hall's catalog of traditional door handle options.

   2. Picking a Finish

At Clark Hall, we have six exclusive finishes. Once you’ve chosen your traditional door knob, picking the right finish to complement it can set the tone for your door. Another important detail to consider is the color of your home surrounding the door. To create a more dramatic look, you could incorporate different colors from both ends of the spectrum to create contrast. For example, we find that Bronze and Cinnamon finishes pair best with classic brick homes, while Burnt Copper is a popular option for homes that feature a white or light colored exterior.

    3. Selecting a Glass

Another way to personalize your traditional front doors is with your choice of glass. Clear glass is always a classic, but we have over 10 different styles of glass featuring unique textures. For example, the door featured below flaunts a Seedy Baroque glass which creates a sense of elegance when paired with a traditional iron door. 

Our range of glasses allow you to choose a statement-worthy style that doesn’t sacrifice privacy or the amount of light that can flow through. Plus, it’s not everyday that you see a glass front door with a fun, textured window.


4. Adding Flair — Traditional Door Knockers

This is where things can get really fun. Some quick history: traditional door knockers have been around as early as the16th century adorning people’s homes. Over time, homeowners began to add more detailed designs, often relating to local patterns and traditions. For example, a lion’s head door knocker is known to make a very impressive statement on guests. Creating a traditional door knocker can add a layer of uniqueness to your door. If you’re interested in how iron works come to life in general, check out our other blog on the custom fabrication process.

Ready to get started on creating your one-of-a-kind traditional iron door? We’re ready, too! For more examples of traditional door transformations, check out our before and after gallery. And, to get started on your dream door, schedule a consultation with our experts.


Frequently Asked Questions About Traditional Front Door Handles

What traditional door handles are in style now?

In recent years, traditional door handles and traditional door knobs have seen a trend in darker colors to give their homes more modern and sophisticated looks. However, if you want to add a touch of timeless luxury to your door, some people are bringing back high-shine finishes like brass and polished chrome.

What are the most popular traditional door finishes?

Of our six finishes, Bronze is Clark Hall’s most popular finish and has the warmth of wood, complimenting most exteriors—Bronze would also pair well with a warm-colored traditional door handle. Many of our traditional doors tend to have a Charcoal finish which is great for exteriors with gray and white tones. The other four are Burnt Copper, Cinnamon, Gold Mist, and Slate. Whether you choose one finish for the door and handle, or incorporate a complementary pairing is up to you.

What are some examples of traditional door knockers?

Long before doorbells, there were door knockers. The designs of knockers were wide ranging, taking inspiration from nature and geometry. Figurative door knockers incorporated various animals such as lion heads in Britain and eagles, a favorite in the United States. Today, you can make door knockers as vintage or fun as you’d like.

If your home is classic or craftsman, you may be considering a custom traditional door to complement your entryway, but how do you make it truly unique? When people think of traditional door styles, they might think of traditional barn doors, double doors with slim glass windows, or classic square silhouettes — but the beauty of a custom design is that you don’t always have to follow a formula. 

While these elements are certainly hallmarks of traditional door styles, no two entryways are ever the same. Each traditional iron door can be completely customized to suit your home’s style. Choose from five different finishes, various hardware styles, textured glasses, and silhouettes like square top, eyebrow, and round top. We give you the tools to create your own definition of “traditional.”

Check out a few of our favorite traditional door styles featuring five unique visions.

A Twist on Traditional

However you define your style, design your own traditional door from scratch.

Arched & Elevated

A white brick home with a traditional door style.

Boldly offsetting the home’s vibrant white exterior, this contemporary take on a traditional door style is simply breathtaking. We love the curved top and Charcoal finish that create a compelling contrast between the siding and the entryway. And, the textured Seedy Baroque glass windows provide a touch of privacy without blocking natural sunlight from entering the foyer. As an added element that weaves in classic style, the door is complete with traditional-inspired pull handles and hardware.

Stately & Sophisticated

A traditional style door on a brown brick home.

Reminiscent of traditional farmhouse doors, these sleek double doors feature thoughtful and unique linework offset by textured Aquatex glass. Typically, traditional door styles feature straight lines that divide the glass into square window panels, but these homeowners flexed some creativity, creating a unique triangle-shaped window at the top of the door. This entryway also features a warm and welcoming Bronze finish and complementary, brushed metal pull handles that make these new doors look effortlessly vintage.

Sleek & Simple

Charcoal double traditional style doors on a brick home.

Sometimes traditional doors take a lesson from their modern counterparts—and these doors aced the test. Featuring the bold Charcoal finish and large, clear glass windows typically found on our modern iron doors, this entryway takes the concept of traditional barn doors and flips it on its head. Since most of the door panels are made up of windows, the foyer is instantly brightened, and the classic brick home is seamlessly invited into the modern era.

Elegant & Parisian-Inspired

A Parisian inspired traditional door style.

Inspired by the charming streets of Paris, these traditional double doors are simple yet captivating. Complete with grand custom pull handles, large clear glass windows, and a Charcoal finish, this entryway leaves a lasting impression that complements the home’s classic white exterior and black shudders. Learn more about this home makeover project and see how we collaborated with the homeowner and professional interior designer, Tula Summerford.

Rounded & Regal

A rounded set of traditional style doors.

Stepping through these rounded doors feels a bit like being welcomed into a castle—and we love it. The elegant round shape reminds guests of decades past, while the eye-catching Charcoal finish, Aquatex glass texture, and interesting line work usher in a breath of fresh air. Here again, the textured glass provides a sense of privacy without taking away a lot of natural light.

What does your take on a traditional door styles design look like? If you’re feeling inspired to start your own entryway makeover, get in touch with our team to set up a consultation by phone or at one of our design studios. Before we chat, be sure to learn why choosing an iron door is a good option, and read our expert tips on how to design the custom door of your dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions About Traditional Door Styles

What is a traditional door?

A traditional door is commonly thought to be made of wood, featuring a classic double door silhouette. However, our traditional doors are made from high-quality iron and can be customized to suit any vision — from single panel entryways with textured glass to double door entryways with large, clear glass windows.

What kind of door does a colonial house need?

For a colonial house, we recommend customizing a traditional door style to complement the home’s classic exterior. And, depending on the width of your front entryway, we also recommend a double door as opposed to a single panel door for a more expansive and welcoming entrance.

What color hardware is timeless?

Choosing the right hardware for your custom door is critical, and you want to make sure you’re complementing the door’s finish and style. Having said that, the most popular and timeless hardware color is Brass. We find that the Brass colored hardware is a suitable match to our custom iron doors.