A door knocker doesn't have to be flashy. If you want your door knocker to add detail but not be the center of attention, consider a bronze or iron finish. A simple ring knocker will add appeal and function. Coordinate your door hardware and lighting with complementary finishes.
Get a ring door knocker engraved with your initial for added uniqueness. This one from Pottery Barn comes in an array of finishes.
The Colonial Style door knocker is a well-known look. But just because it has been around a long time doesn't mean it has to feel old. If you like a more contemporary style, use a nickel finish. Change out the rest of your door hardware so it completes the look, creating a grand colonial entrance.
Think about your home and hobbies when selecting a door knocker. For an Arts and Crafts style home, a whimsical nature-related knocker would fit in perfectly. Add an insect-inspired door knocker. You can find others in the shapes of dragonflies, frogs, birds and more.
If you have a Mission-style home and like a minimalist feel, this door knocker will work well.
This starfish knocker would work for a home on the beach or one with a coastal look.
The traditional polished brass finish adds a regal feel to a front entrance, especially against black or red doors. The knocker used in this photo is a doctor's knocker, commonly found on the doors to doctors' offices and homes in early days.
If you have a large home, go for a large door knocker like the classic pineapple, which symbolizes welcome.
This is my updated take on the classic brass Lion knocker popular in England during the Victorian age. Lions, and other animals, are symbols of protection. This pug is also a symbol for loyalty as man's best friend.
Have you ever thought about using door knockers on garage doors?