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How to choose house numbers

House numbers are the most popular and convenient way to easily identify a home. Whether it’s the postman who needs to find your door or simply just some guests who are coming over, it’s always ideal to have clearly visible house numbers. House numbers are not only functional but also are also a decorative touch to the exterior of your home.

However, with the wide choice of front doors, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. In this guide, we’ve put together some guidelines to consider when choosing house numbers which will help you pick the perfect ones for your home exterior. After reading our guide, make sure to browse through our selection of house numbers available at Ironmongery Experts, we’re positive that you’ll find the perfect number for your property.

To help you decide which house numbers would be best-suited for your door, you will need to take the following into consideration:

  1. Design and type of the house/apartment

This guideline is up to personal preference. You can choose a house number to match the exterior aesthetic of your home (for instance, if you live in a Georgian townhouse in the middle of London, a rustic timber house sign might not be the best choice). However, contrasting styles can help bring a bit of your personality and taste to your home’s exterior. Nevertheless, if you simply want a simple and safe choice, we would recommend choosing a house number style that matches your property, so if you do live in a Georgian townhouse, maybe our best-selling satin stainless steel house numbers could be the ideal choice for your home.

  1. Visibility and readability

This is the most important role of a house sign – to be easily read. Make sure that the house numbers you pick can be read during the day and night. Installing house numbers in a well-lit area will help them be more visible during night-time. Avoid installing numbers too close to the light, as the glare might make the house numbers more difficult to read.

  1. Size

The size of your house numbers depends on the distance between the street and where they will be placed. Typically, house numbers should be at least four inches tall, however, if you have a long driveway up to your house you might have to consider bigger house numbers or placing them right at the entrance of the driveway.

  1. Colour

It’s important to choose a colour that will stand out from the background. For instance, if your home has a dark coloured exterior, maybe a dark house number will blend in and won’t be readable. Thus, you should opt for light coloured numbers for dark coloured homes, and vice versa.

  1. Material

Choosing a material that is durable and will withstand the weather conditions is highly important. Investing in good quality house numbers will ensure that they will have a long lifespan. However, some materials, even though durable, require more maintenance than others. For example, polished brass house signs might require regular polishing to maintain their original polished finish, while stainless steel house signs are durable and mostly maintenance free.

  1. Placement

Placement is hand-in-hand with the visibility and readability guideline. House numbers should be positioned on the front of the house in a highly visible area. Depending on your home design, the highly visible area could be at the beginning of your driveway, near the front door or on the front door, above eye level. It’s a good idea to place yourself near the street where your visitors would walk by or drive by and find an area that people might look first.

We hope that this guide has been useful in helping you choose the right house numbers for your property. If you have any enquiries regarding our house numbers or any other ironmongery product, please feel free to contact our team on 01376 557 561, or email us at