What we finally settled on: egg-shape sand-casted bronze in a silver patina finish with a modern, rectangular rosette. This style goes with our original 1941 doors and our more modern remodel. Plus, they feel really nice in your hand.
Here's a much more modern version of the egg-shape knob. A small, round rosette keeps it looking sleek.
Lever handles are very popular in Europe, and in a way they make more sense physiologically (no wrist twisting). This black one with a rectangular rosette bridges the gap between traditional and modern, like this bathroom. (Also, check out those cool rope pulls on the drawers.)
A stainless finish and a single plate (lock and knob on the same rosette) give this room and door a clean, modern feel.
A cut-glass knob is so lovely. It can be simple and unobtrusively pretty, as it is here.
A cut-glass knob can be much more ornate when paired with a traditional rosette. In this room, it helps establish the era and mood.
A classic beauty. Isn't she lovely?
Not so traditional handle pulls. The symmetry in this entryway is amazing. It's always a good idea to look at the shapes surrounding a door when choosing knobs or handles.
Sliding doors don't need knobs that turn. This number-two pull is pretty clever.