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