By Jo Bailey
A house number is so much more than a marker to tell visitors they are in the right place. Think of it as one of the many ways you can add character and flourish to the entry to your home. Or if you live in an apartment, a new door number could be the little detail you want if changing the door is not an option.
The choices are limitless. There are beautiful works of ironmongery, not just for characterful old properties, but striking modern numbers, too. And if you want something more colourful, don't overlook tiled house numbers or bespoke designs cut from powder coated steel.
So, if you are giving the exterior of your home a makeover, you may have been searching for front door ideas and already chosen your door colour and design. With that done, don't forget the finishing touch – a beautiful door number to complement it. See our favourites below.
Best house numbers
Metal, tile, enamel and more – take your pick of an inviting new house or door number to suit your home. Many will need drilling to a door or wall, but there are stick on and tile adhesive options, too.
1. Gipsy Hill Hardware Apex Polished Brass House Number, £39
Designed as a modern interpretation of traditional Victorian typography, the Apex Polished Brass House Number (£39) from Gipsy Hill Hardware will elevate the entrance to your home with ease. Available in various finishes, we particularly love the polished brass finish for it's classic appeal and refined look.
Handcrafted in England by artisans using traditional age-old casting techniques, these are made in small batches, providing a bespoke feel that will last a lifetime. Gipsy Hill Hardware offers letters alongside these elegant numbers, perfect for flats or apartments too.
2. Etsy Moroccan House Number Sign, £61.48
If you're looking to add a personal touch to your front door then the Moroccan House Number Sign, Etsy (£61.48) would be a great option. Made from ceramic, this tile has been created to be either hung on the wall using glue, cement or construction adhesive for a clean finish.
Available in varying sizes and completely customisable, the options with this house number truly are endless. We love the jolly use of colour to help brighten up the front of your house on a grey day.
3. Jim Lawrence Number 3 in Polished Brass, £7.30
Three certainly is the magic number with this Brass Number 3 from Jim Lawrence (£7.30). Designed to suit both period and contemporary properties, Jim Lawrence has produced a range of house numbers that will complement the front of your home with subtle detailing and a hint of luxury. Available in antiqued brass, polished brass (as shown), matt black and nickel, there is a finish to suit everyone to complete the entrance to your home.
4. Wayfair Exum Sticker House Number (£7.50)
For a quick and easy application, Wayfair's Exum Sticker House Number (£7.50) is the perfect way to add an authentic looking door number without the commitment of drilling, gluing or fixing in any way. With its decorative detailing, this is a house number that can't be missed.
5. Willow & Stone Enamel House Number (£10.50)
The Enamel House Number from Willow & Stone (£10.50) has been made in traditional workshops in France and feels authentically French thanks to its enamel material and number style. Suitable for outdoors, but would look just as fantastic indoors in a stylish boutique hotel or B&B.
6. Not on the Highstreet
Funky House Number Plate (£42.99) from Not on the Highstreet is made from colourful steel which has been designed and created in East Yorkshire – near the home of the steel industry. With a choice of 12 colours across five different collections, there is a shade to suit everyone's property. We love the vibrant orange house number that will add a splash of colour to the entrance of your home.
7. RE Found Objects Rusty Metal Numbers (from £2.50)
For an alternative to a standard house number, try the Rusty Metal Numbers from RE Found Objects (from £2.50). Available in two sizes and with ready-made holes for fixing to the wall, these numbers will add a rustic finishing touch to your front door. If you're looking to create a well-loved look in your home then these could be the house numbers for you.
8. Pushka Brass Door Number (£15.00)
For a look that feels reminiscent of the 1920s, try these Brass Door Numbers (£15.00 each) from Pushka. Made from solid brass, these numbers feel contemporary and clean, yet simultaneously echo the designs from the Art Deco era. Team up with centre door knobs and door knockers from the same range to complete the look.
How to choose the best house number
As with most buys for your home, style is not the only concern. Ultimately, your door number is a label for your home and needs to serve a purpose too. As such, you need to make the following considerations.
Door number size
How far will the door number be from the street? If you have a big drive and no number at the end, the postie needs to be able to read it from the pavement. You can get larger designs for this purpose and they are great if you have a big porch, double door or imposing entrance that can take a big door number. If not, choose something less grandiose and get a matching number for the wall, or gate to your property.
Light it up
Another aid for visibility it to make sure there is a light near your door number. Some door numbers might even involve illumination as part of their design. Our list of modern garden lighting ideas includes some great outdoor wall lights.
Complement your aesthetic
Give the front of your property a cohesive feel with a door number that suits the design. Brass and wrought iron numbers look lovely against Georgian or Victorian front doors. Glass, powder-coated metal and even tempered metals or Corten work well on a modern property.
Think about the overall look of your frontage and see how you can take cues from the colour of your planting scheme or the materials used about your property. See these modern front garden ideas for more inspiration.
Make a smart entrance
Those looking to optimise their home security may have chosen cameras or even one of the best smart doorbells to adorn the outside of their home. They are great for making your property more secure, but don't always contribute to the overall look of your home. However, you can soften the look by choosing a house number that matches the colours of your smart security system (or vice versa). Black, white and nickel are the most popular colours used for security products, but some offer a wider variety of finishes, like Ring who does an antique brass look doorbell.
Jo is a News & Shopping Editor across Homes & Gardens and Livingetc magazine. Before joining Future Plc, she worked as an interior stylist and set designer, specialising in editorial and commercial photo shoots as well as installations, exhibitions and events. Her background within this field means she has a particular interest in the creative ways to make a house a home, as well as hunting down the best places to source beautiful things.
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