Homeowners Can Express Creativity Through House Name Plates
House name plates are a great way for homeowners to express their own individual taste and style reflected inside their homes and out into their front doors, lawns or porches. They are also more than mere decorative pieces or accessories, but informative markers to make sure the postman does not miss a homeowner’s address or name. Those living in apartment complexes or condominium buildings would especially be able to stand out from among rows and rows of front doors and corridors. Individuals who have home-based businesses or offices, such as small-time entrepreneurs or professionals such as lawyers, doctors, dentists, realtors or consultants can also benefit from displaying some information about their business in front of their residences.
There is an almost endless array of materials and designs to choose from for house name plates. The most traditional and easiest-to-install designs are raised, built-up or cut-out numbers and letters that are attached on a home’s wall, front door or porch. These are usually made of solid metal such as brass or stainless steel, or even made of more affordable plastic coated with metallic material. Wood or simulated wood is another option. It all depends on the existing theme or design of a home.
With the aid of computers, these days any and all designs can be made into house name plates. With the variety of modern materials and manufacturing techniques as well, executing these designs is a breeze. A homeowner’s imagination is the only limit. For instance, once a design is finalized, it can be cut out on plastic or acrylic using lasers, or printed on acrylic sheets using high-tech large format printers. One of the most common, inexpensive, and versatile designs these days is an acrylic “sandwich” plate, or a holder that is composed of two sheets of clear acrylic held together and attached on a wall using screw knobs. A design can be simply printed on paper and inserted between the acrylic sheets, and can be conveniently removed and replaced as desired.
This innovative holder can allow homeowners to change house name plates depending on the season or occasion—whether Christmas or New Year, Valentine’s Day, Labor Day, or even personal family occasions such as birthdays, baptisms, or school graduation. All these occasions can be commemorated with a special design. This type of holder design is also extremely economical to use by apartment or condominium complex managers, especially for units being rented out or leased. With occupants or businesses often coming in and leaving, the apartment or room number can easily be updated with the occupant’s new name or other vital information.
Moreover, these acrylic plates can be used not only as a house number or name sign only. They can be used inside the house as well, to label family members’ respective rooms. Children and teenagers would definitely love this idea of providing them their own sense of personal space and independence. Other areas in the home can be labeled appropriately as well, such as the guest room, powder room, and others. Coming up with house name plates is a fun, easy and economical project to undertake with the whole family.
How To Use Personalized House Signs
In general, homeowners install house signs to make their residence easy to identify and recognize. But if they want to impress their guests and friends, they move up one notch and go for a custom, stylish, or elaborate house sign. These beautiful plates add character, style, and sometimes value to a house.
If you’re planning on doing the same, you must pick the right design that goes with your house’s style. For instance, you might want to avoid using an elaborate plate for your beach house. But if all else fails, pick a personalized house sign.
Some of the styles and materials that you can choose from include the following:
- engraved wood
- marble effect
- wood backed brass
- wood back acrylic
- rough slate
- stainless steel
- and many more!
These plates normally have your house number and / or your street; for instance, 10 Richmond Street. You can purchase these house plates from several places, including online, directly from the website of a company specializing in these house ornaments. Once you have the sign, it’s time to put it in place.
How do you use personalized house signs?
- First, remember the primary goal of house signs — that of house identification and prestige. So make sure that you know exactly where to place your sign. While some would choose a house wall, others would put theirs on top of their main door’s archway. But no matter which location you choose, make sure that it commands prestige when people see it.
- Second, your house’s nameplate should blend in the architectural style of your house, but at the same time, it should also stand out. This can be a challenging task because when done improperly, the plate serves as a distraction, and does not properly blend in. This is one of the reasons why you must spend time in the selection and design process of your nameplate. The materials should also be carefully chosen. Some materials are good for old houses so if you live in a modern house, it’s a good idea to choose another material.
- Third, make sure that the house sign is at a place where it is protected against the damaging effects of the weather. Avoid too much exposure to the sun and the rain.
- Fourth, make sure that the house sign is readable. Before you head over to a nameplate company, make your own measurements. To find out if your plate is readable enough, make a lettering out of numbers and see if you can read it from afar.
- Last, ensure that your plate has the right color combination. With the colors that you want, can someone read it in the dark? Can it still be visible during a rainy day?
With all these, you might need a professional, or at least another family member to help you out. Take your time and do some trial and error so you can have the perfect house sign.