Browsing through my image files, I came across photos I’d collected of matte black door hardware, which I contemplated using in the Laboratory. The first time I saw it used was in a friend’s just-renovated Brooklyn brownstone: black hinges add a surprising graphic element, as does the rosette of the crystal doorknob. Beautiful. Although I only used black hardware in one detail of the Laboratory, I learned its biggest lesson and caveat.
Interior designer and friend Suzanne Shaker emailed me this image of the black hinges and door knob in her bathroom update with this note:
1 1/2 d Baldwin with a simple flat rose, no ornamentationThey work great: classic.
Indeed! The Baldwin hinges are great and well-made.
I learned the secret to black hardware when I improvised a latch for my bathroom door using a hook-turned-sideways and a length of black rope. Steel screws stick out like a sore thumb and wreck the charm of the latch.
I haven’t gotten around to replacing the screws or painting them with matte paint. But here’s the gist via Photoshop: