Matching a Mismatch

Finally, the push plates I ordered from Van Dyke's Restorers were delivered. I like them. They are good at giving customers update for out-of-stock items. In general, they have a good customer service.

It took a long time to find right size push panels for the butler's door between the kitchen and the dining room. I wish a butler came with the house, too... Anyway, the size was a big issue. We wanted something simple, and proportionally looks good on the door. I learned simple design ones tend to be small. It's been over one year to find something I feel comfortable to put on the door. The push plates themselves are beautiful. Their style is Victorian. Yes, Victorian, and my house is Craftsman..., the opposite side of Victorian.

It used to have clear rectangle glass push panels. I thought metal ones would suit more to the era the house was built. The proportion looks good. The plates don't look too small or big against the door. They added the door a dignity. The little plates made a big difference.

Their color matches the hinges'. This is another important criteria to pass... nothing shiny like brass, but not too dark like oil rubbed bronze. The plate looks shiner than the hinge. You cannot expect a perfect match. The hinge's aged look cannot be recreated so easily. Nothing can defiet the time.

A little mismatch could add an interest to the house. Just like a fashion, a perfect match might not create a perfect look, which I learned form Jean Paul Gaultier, my favorite designer. He uses unbalance to balance the style. Hopefully, this matching becomes a charm of the house.