Ceramic House Numbers
Decorative digits with handcrafted appeal are an easy way to personalize your entry
Before home delivery, pretty much all anyone needed to send a letter was the addressee's name and city. But once mail carriers started making rounds door-to-door, in 1863, house numbers became a requirement for home postal service. One way to make a virtue of this practical necessity is with tile numbers that can add a touch of color and craftsmanship to virtually any style of home. Many include holes for hanging or a frame option to create a plaque. For those that don't, make your own frame by cutting tiling backer board to size, mounting the numbers with construction adhesive, and trimming out the sides with cedar strips. Here, 16 of our favorite takes to boost your curb appeal with an artisan look.
Rocheford Handmade Tile
Size: 5"W x 5"H
Highlights: Unglazed terra-cotta provides an earthy backdrop for glossy white numbers and geometric details.
Cost: about $30 per tile; Rocheford Handmade Tile
Dutch Gift Outlet
Size: 3"W x 3"H"
Highlights: Delft-style decoration encircles the numbers, set inside intricate metalwork.
Cost: about $4 per tile; about $5.25 for the frame; Dutch Gift Outlet
Size: 2¼"W x 3½"H
Highlights: These repros of numbers from the 1920s have an industrial feel.
Cost: about $10 per tile, about $28 for the frame; Schoolhouse Electric
Size: 4"W x 8"H
Highlights: Hand-pressed and glazed designs can be arranged in a discreet black frame.
Cost: about $35 to $49 per tile; about $120 for the frame; Motawi Tileworks