House Numbers

Decorative House Numbers : Considering House Markers and Their Presentation

House Numbers
Michelle Tether
Written by Michelle Tether

Homeowners who are residing or painting the exterior of their home, may consider replacing the house number as well. Decorative house numbers whether brass, copper or ceramic can help put the finishing touches on a home’s appearance and curb appeal. Additionally, they can be an easy way of helping to express the homeowner’s personality, in a nonpermanent manner.

Size and Placement of House Numbers

Whether using loose numbers, or a house number plaque, the size and placement of the house markers is important. House numbers need to be seen from the road easily. This means ensuring that they are not painted the same color as the home, are obscured by bushes or plants, or are too small to be seen easily.

Ideal house numbers should be located at approximately eye level to those from the street, and be bold enough or large enough to stand out against other architectural elements of the home. Beyond this, house numbers can be of any style that suits the house’s or the homeowner’s style.

Size and Placement of House Numbers

Size and Placement of House Numbers

House Number Signs and Plaques

One way of drawing attention to the house numbers and incorporating decorative elements into the home’s exterior, is to use a house number plaque or sign. House number plaques can be made up of multiple materials mounted to a framed board to be hung on the door or side of the home.

Modern style homes, where traditional house numbers may look incongruous or out of place, may look better by using a house number sign. Look for plaques made of a combination or polished and honed black granite for a striking effect that will stand out against nearly any home’s exterior.

Cottage style homes may want to consider using a ceramic house number plaque. These signs are typically pieced together of loose tiles, each one handpainted with decorative elements, such as vines, flowers or animals. Homes with striking front gardens or a great deal of climbing vines can incorporate these elements into the house number plaque to further enhance the design of the home.

Tile House Numbers

Utilizing a house number plaque is not the only way to incorporate decorative elements into home’s exterior through the use of house numbers. Rather than using house number tiles in one style, grouped together in a plaque, consider using the tiles loosely. This can create a whimsical approach, by piecing together house numbers of varying colors and decorative elements.

Be sure to keep the numbers themselves the same size, otherwise, create an eclectic look of varying designs. Try using the accent colors from the house paint, or picking up the color from a blooming plant in the yard to accent the house number tiles with.

Tile House Numbers

Tile House Numbers

Metal House Numbers

A classic look is always easy to achieve by using metal house numbers. Brass and copper can catch the light and add a bright, welcoming touch. Just be sure to purchase polished numbers that have been treated with PVD, or physical vapor deposition, to keep the numbers from tarnishing in the elements.

If there are wrought iron elements in the exterior of the home, consider purchasing wrought iron, or hand forged house numbers to compliment the effect. Look for house numbers with a three dimensional style, such as twists in the metal, or a hammered appearance to increase appeal.

While using decorative house numbers may not seem like much, this little extra touch can speak volumes to those viewing the home that the homeowner is paying attention to the care and appearance of their home. This goes a long way toward increasing the curb appeal of a home, and can be easily removed and changed to a different style if the house sells, or the homeowner wishes for an update. Consider changing and updating the house numbers and let the houses and the homeowner’s personalities show through.

Metal House Numbers

Metal House Numbers

About the author

Michelle Tether

Michelle Tether

I love everything home. I write as a passion for non profit about the things I love.

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