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Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

“We need new house numbers!” – That’s what I have been saying every time I step out in front of my house. Updating house numbers is an easy way to spruce up curb appeal for any mid-century modern homes… So what are my options???

need new numbers!

I need new numbers!

I began my search for the perfect mid-century modern house numbers by taking a walk around my MCM neighborhood. I noticed quite few neighbors have installed brushed metal floating numbers featuring the Neutra/Neutraface type font, much similar to the ones from Design Within Reach (from the distance anyhow).

DWR Neutra House Numbers

Neutra House Numbers by DWR

 

Neutra/Neutraface house numbers are one of the most popular fonts for mid-century modern homes. Design Within Reach worked with Richard Neutra’s son Dion to replicate the 1930’s original design. Richard Neutra specified these numbers to be used on residential and commercial buildings he designed. These “authentic” Neutra house numbers sold by DWR are available for $24 (as of June, 2013). If I remember it right, I think these numbers used to be $50 apiece. So, they are more affordable now. They are available in one size (4” tall) and three colors (aluminum, black and red).

Neutra House Numbers in Red

Red Neutra House Numbers by DWR

 

If you are looking for more flexibility in fonts and sizes, check out Modern House Numbers. They offer affordable, high-quality and sustainable modern house numbers in six different fonts and five different sizes ranging 4” to 15” (prices range from $21 to $57 respectably). You can also order matching mail box numbers and curb stencil to create a totally customized house number package! If you still can’t find what you like from their selections, you can place a custom order.

Modern House Numbers

House Numbers by Modern House Numbers

Mailbox Numbers by Modern House Numbers

Mailbox Numbers by Modern House Numbers

 

Atlas Home Wares has a few modern house number collections. I like the “Avalon” and “Metropolitan” collections.

Atlas Home Wares Avalon House Numbers

Avalon House Numbers by Atlas Home Wares

Metropolitan House Numbers by Atlas Home Wares

Metropolitan House Numbers by Atlas Home Wares

 

A California based company, Eichler Numbers offers authentic Eichler house numbers. Whether you own an Eichler home or not, these well- designed house numbers will make a great statement about your mid-century modern home and reflect your style.

Eichler Numbers

Eichler Numbers

 

Heath Ceramics, one of the few remaining mid-century American pottery companies, offer three-dimensional clay tile house numbers in two fantastic fonts designed by House Industries: Neutraface and Eames Century Modern. These tiles “fuse simple, crisp lines, geometric forms and rich glazes in bold and classic colors.”

Eames Century Modern House Numbers by Heath Ceramics

Eames House Numbers by Heath Ceramics

 

Neutraface house number tiles are available in two colors (black and white) and Eames house number tiles are available in three colors (black, bright yellow, and paprika). Tiles are currently priced $38 each (as of June, 2013). House number tiles can be displayed on a custom-designed track (sold separately) or any other way you please. The custom-designed track is made from teak wood and backed with stainless steel, available in three sizes (2-tile track, 3-tile track, and 4-tile track).

Neutra House Numbers by Heath Ceramics

Neutra House Numbers by Heath Ceramics

 

Not all hardware stores sell generic looking house numbers. Home Depot has modern house numbers on a budget. These “floating” house numbers are made of die-cast steel with a nickel plated finish and available in two finishes (black and nickel). You can order them online (search by “Hillman Group elevated number” for $3.99 each (as of June, 2013, price may vary depending on your location), but they must be picked up in your local store (you can just purchase them at your local Home Depot store as well).

Abailable at Home Depot

Abailable at Home Depot

 

An avid Do-It-Yourselfer can make his/her own Neutratype face house numbers (about $20 for four numbers) by using a tutorial featured in Curbly.com.

Curbly.com's DIY Modern House Numbers

Curbly.com’s DIY Modern House Numbers

Not bad, huh?

Not bad, huh?

 

I chose “Eames Century Modern” house number tiles offered by Health Ceramics out of these great options. I simply fell in love with its look – playful, abstract numbers on clay tiles are somewhat earthy, yet modern and sophisticated. I wanted my house numbers to be distinctive and these tiles just fulfilled my wishes. I ordered four tiles and a 4-tile mounting track.

Eames House Numbers!

Eames House Numbers!

I am very happy with the quality and craftsmanship of my house number tiles and track. I have a little bit more work to do on my house before I can hang them – I can’t wait!

Eames numbers on a teak track

Eames numbers on a teak track

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  1. Lennyon 20 Jun 2014 at 3:27 pm

    The first number above are beautiful, and very very into mid century style. The most famous number used between 1950’s and 1960’s were those named “Die Cast”, similar to those that you wanna change, with a nice variety of numbers and letters available. Now the numbers are easy to find throught http://www.ebay.com but the letters not. The new numbers below are cute but not as much elegant as the very first one. In my opinion, the first ones are as much egant than the others.

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