House signs

With almost unlimited choices available, shopping for a house sign can get a little confusing. With this in mind, we have put together this little guide to help you choose a sign that is perfect for you and your home.

Choosing the style of house sign that's right for your home

The first thing to consider is what is your style of home? A modern flat would be better suited to a modern acrylic sign and less suited to a rustic slate sign. Traditionally, farms and rural homes lend themselves to brass and aluminium signs. Grand Georgian homes look amazing with Portland stone and Victorian homes are enhanced with polished slate.

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This is a very rudimentary guide to popular homes and the style of sign often purchased.

Style of home Style of sign (click for more info)
Farm house Brass bridge
Country manor Brass oval or rectangle
Suburban bungalow Ceramic with motif
Country cottage Rustic slate
Georgian house Portland Stone
Detached estate home Ceramic or polished slate
Terrace cottage Polished slate or brass number
Modern apartment Coloured acrylic
Victorian semi Aluminium or polished slate
Timber framed Wooden or slate
Super modern Acrylic or stainless steel or copper
Park homes Ceramic
Holiday home Ceramic or slate
Colonial Slate or aluminium
Barn conversion Brass
Coach house Painted aluminium bridge
Medieval Hall or castle Stone
Lighthouse Ceramic
Mews Slate or ceramic
Log cabin Wooden

Materials used to make house signs

Most materials can be used to make a house sign. The most common are: brass, aluminium, slate, oak and other woods, stone, stainless steel, acrylic, granite and ceramic.

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Video: A selection of house signs

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Fonts used in house signs

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Motifs used in house signs

There are hundreds of motifs available and the option to have your own image is available on many materials.

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Video: How brass house signs are made

Video: How ceramic house signs are made

Trends in house signs

The style of nameplate chosen has a massive effect on the look and feel of your home. Historically, the majority of nameplates purchased in the UK have been  fairly traditional. Perhaps slate, wood, stone or brass. However there is a growing trend towards modern materials and contemporary colours. Indeed, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen recently talked about using colour for "kerb side appeal" on This Morning. He was advocating the use of fresh, bright colours.

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Our course, we love Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and we have introduced a new range of colours and style. Contemporary colours and fresh new designs influence "kerb side appeal" and may help you sell you home.

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Funny names for house signs

It's terrific when people have some fun with the name of their home. Here's a few we've spotted...

Back O’Beyond
Dunowen
Motley Lot
Inn Seaclusion Cottage
Tiddlywink
Costa Plenty
Boswiddle Barn
Llamedos (read backwards)
Wits' End
Bellows Nose
Just Pooh
Wibble Farmhouse
Tom Thumb Cottage
Where The Woozle Wasn’t
Squiggly House
Mouse House
Hopefully this guide will be useful to you. You're very welcome to send us any ideas you have for additions to the guide.
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