Handsome House Numbers
Detailed digits offer an inexpensive way to boost your home's curb appeal
There are simple house numbers that quietly go about their job displaying your address, and then there are digits so striking they achieve the level of functional art, inviting the gaze of passersby. Just about any set can add a hit of texture or color to your home's entrance, but carefully chosen ones also reinforce its architectural style and make a welcoming first impression.
Most house numbers come in all-weather finishes sealed with lacquer or glaze, but when it comes to choosing a style, the options are almost endless. Materials run the gamut from shiny brass and satin stainless to white clay and terra-cotta tile, with numbers (and, often, letters) rendered in a wide range of typefaces, both traditional and modern. Here we've zeroed in on 21 options that span three general time periods, so whatever era your home dates to, we're sure to have your number.
"Most municipalities require numbers to be at least 4 inches tall so that safety personnel can see them easily from the street, but check local ordinances before mounting new ones."
—Terry Talken, co-owner, Shop 4 Classics
Solid, from-the-forge-look numbers fit Cape Cod, Georgian, and Greek Revival–influenced homes, while ornate options make a good match for Queen Anne and other Victorian-era styles.
From: Atlas Homewares
Size: Up to 3½"W × 5½"H
Made of: Zinc with a lacquered copper finish
Cost: About $14 each; Atlas Homewares
Hand-craftsmanship and nature motifs suit bungalows and early-20th-century revival styles. Stream-lined digits are a good match for Prairie and Art Deco architecture.
From: Mission Metalworks
Size: Up to 3½"W × 5"H
Made of: Recycled white bronze that will patina
Cost: About $25 each; Shop 4 Classics
Accessorize ranches and more modern homes from the 1950s and 1960s with bold, graphic numerals.
From: Heath Ceramics
Size: Up to 4"W × 4"H
Made of: Glazed ceramic
Cost: About $45 each; Heath Ceramics