Design + Decor

38 Door Knockers that are Anything But Ordinary

Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to start thinking about making the outside of your home as amazing as the inside, and there’s no better place to start than your front door.  Your entry is the first impression your guests have of you and your home, so let your personality shine. Don’t be afraid to make a style statement. Paint your door a fabulous color, get a new doormat and add a unique door knocker.

This post is all about door knockers because I think they are one of the most wonderful ways to set your door apart. It doesn’t matter if your tastes run traditional, contemporary, or totally off the wall, there is a knocker just begging to dial up the drama on your front door.

Here are a few of my favorites:


For the Animal Lover

Think lions, dogs, horses, birds, bees, fish…you name it.

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FUN FACT: As the door knocker became more elaborate over time, many designs were inspired by mythology and religion. For example in China they took on the form of a dragon, a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The lion head door knocker with its mouth gripping the ring became particularly popular in the early 19th Century and has remained a favorite today. The lion has been used as symbol of Great Britain (across many ancient cultures) and is thought to signify strength, pride, protection and power. A lion head door knocker acts a guardian to the home. (Willow and Stone)

For the Game of Thrones Lover

Think dragons, mermaids, angels, fairies and other mythical and mystical beings.

Flicker | Jorge J. Restrepo A.


Flicker | Duncan C.


Flicker | Jenny Thorpe




FUN FACT: It is quite common for some antique door knockers to have faces on them; often rather grotesque human faces that aren’t particularly attractive. The theory behind this is that the scary face would scare off evil spirits, witches and unwanted spirit beings, keeping homes safe. (Handsome Handles)

For Everybody Else

If you’re looking for a unique door knocker, I promise, there is one out there that is perfect for you. Not into animals or mythical creatures? Here are a few more door knockers I found interesting.

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Flicker | Marie France Durieux


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FUN FACT: Another beautiful door knocker spotted the world over is the hand shaped door knocker. Considered to have originated in Muslim countries and symbolizing the Hand of Fatima (recognized and used as a sign of protection), it would indicate that a person of Muslim faith lived in the house. It is also suggested that two types of hand door knocker exist, a male and a female, both of which would be present on the front door, each with its own distinct sound. The visitor would then knock the appropriate knocker according to their gender, and the woman of the house would know whether or not she should open the door. (Willow and Stone)

Arguably the most famous door knocker in the world, Number 10 Downing Street’s brass lion head door knocker is an iconic representation of Great Britain. Fitted in the 1780s and painted black, the Downing Street door knocker is a classic design that has been touched by some of the world’s most influential leaders. (Handsome Handles)

Okay…so a post about door knockers just wouldn’t be complete without a Knock Knock Joke about well, knocking on the door. So here you go, and I apologize in advance. LOL.

Knock, knock!

Who’s there?

Norma Lee.

Norma Lee who?

Norma Lee I don’t go around knocking on doors, but i just had to meet you.


So what do you think? Did any of these door knockers knock your socks off? However you choose to decorate your door, remember that your entry is the first impression people have of you and your home. So make it a good one. And if you have an interior design project just waiting to happen, please give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email. We’d love to help.

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