What should I name my house? House name ideas.

House naming is a tradition that stretches back generations, and to this day is a unique way to add character to your property, whether new or old! House names originally came into being in the wealthy upper classes, who named their manors, castles and halls with links to their location, ancestry, historical events or family titles. (Norfolk House, built by the Duke of Norfolk; Blenheim Palace; named after the battle of Blenheim etc.)

Within the top 50 most popular house names we have made a bespoke house sign for almost all of them, and here are 3 of our personal favourites that have been made by us:

The Old Rectory – Stainless Steel House Name
The Lodge – LED Stainless Steel House Name
The Lookout – Anthracite Grey House Name

The tradition of naming homes has grown over the centuries and now choosing a house name is often the finishing touch on a renovated property, a new build or simply a lovely way to call a new home your own when moving in. House names today are inspired by whatever you feel a connection to – everything from location, local or family history, flora & fauna, literature and legends, to simply the type of tree that stands in the front or back garden.

Although we are asked for house names that are on the popular lists all the time, we have also created house names for homes with quirkier titles. We have made signs for ‘The Cowshed’ ‘Camelot Gardens’ ‘Blue Haze’ ‘Fade to Grey’ ‘Aurora’ ‘Zephyr Hills’ and many more. Our favourite more unusual house names are below:

Merlins – Powder Coated Black House Name
The Upside Down House – Custom Lettering
Lamorna – Stainless Steel House Name
Wits End – LED House Name

There are no right or wrong house names, simply the name that fits both you and your property. Every week one of our many enquiries will request a unique house name we have never heard of, that sparks our imagination – ‘What would an Upside Down House look like?’ ‘I wonder if Rose Tree Cottage has a pink rose bush or a white?’ ‘What can you see from The Lookout?’ Get creative and take your inspiration from the features of the house or the garden, use family names, dog names or choose a popular classic name that fits your home!  We have even had anagrams or combinations of all the family’s first names to create totally unique words.

Once you have made a decision on the right name for your home it is essential that you follow the correct procedure for re-naming homes. It is useful to note that you cannot remove a house number, only add a house name to the address so that both feature. This handy guide from The Telegraph will talk you through the protocol here in the UK. We are always happy to provide signage that contains both a house name and number, so once you are all set with informing the appropriate parties then get in touch for a quote.

8 Dale Bank – LED House Name

Anthracite Grey House Numbers

Anthracite Grey – RAL number 7016 – the contemporary colour that tops the current exterior design trends when it comes to windows and doors. This deep rich grey has fast become a statement colour for renovations, new builds and extensions. The last few years have seen a strong association forming between beautiful anthracite grey and a modern feeling home, with even home owners of period properties opting to add the colour to the house front for a complimentary nod to contemporary design.

Anthracite Grey House Number Five

We stock anthracite grey house numbers in the famous modern font ‘Gill Sans’, and this range has been our best seller since the launch in 2015. Our customers are always telling us how the new house number is that final touch to their new porch or house front, to match doors, windows and even letter boxes!

We also offer a custom coating service so that customers can feature this beautiful grey with other styles of house numbers or lettering. Combining Anthracite Grey with more traditional styles of house numbers such as Mackintosh, Art Deco or Times New Roman can be an elegant way to add this colour to a period home. Using light with Anthracite Grey can bring a warmth to the modern look, and our LED number plaques and house names are a unique way to light up your house front.

Anthracite Grey LED House Number

One of our favorite things about this grey is the change in character of the colour as the light evolves. It has bluish notes in low dusk and dawn light (see first image of the number 5) and when you illuminate it with warm white LEDs like the 35a above it looks almost the same dark shade as slate; when viewed in bright midday sunlight the grey appears paler and subtler (see image of the house number 68 below).

Anthracite Grey House Numbers in the summer sunshine

If you are thinking about introducing this colour to your home let us help you to create a custom addition to your house front. We can apply this RAL number to any of our house names or lettering options as well as our house numbers, so contact us now for the finishing touch to your home!

Custom made lettering in Anthracite Grey
Anthracite Grey House Sign

How big should my house number be?

One of the most common questions we get asked before our customers’ make a purchase is ‘how big should my house number be?’

The answer is very hard for us to advise without being able to stand outside the property, so here are 5 questions to help you make the right decision for your home.

1. How far back from the street is your property?

In order to determine the ideal house number size you will need to get a general idea of what distance your number will be viewed at. Our 150mm high stainless steel numbers are our best selling size, and generally speaking these are readable 10-15m away. We also stock larger house numbers at 250mm high and these would be readable at about 20-25m away.

Do you want your house number to be a big statement or simply clearly legible from the road?

2. What surface are you fixing to?

The colour and texture of the installation surface can influence how readable your number will be. For example we usually recommend black house numbers or grey house numbers for installation onto a white rendered wall, as stainless steel can get lost against the white. If your wall is particularly uneven and textured then a larger number would be a better option to ensure it is clearly legible against the wall. For front doors our most popular choice of height is 95mm high, for a clear nicely proportioned door number.

These modern anthracite grey house numbers have been installed onto a white rendered wall for fantastic contrast.

2. Is there a specific area on the wall or door you want to fill?

If you have a particular space, for example a pillar or a panel of the door then this needs to be taken into consideration. Ideally there should be an area around the numbers left free to help with the overall look: taking the numbers to the very edge of a space will make things look crowded. To help our customers we can provide a visual of your chosen style at the height you think is right. For example if you live at a number 230 and want the 150mm size, then we can draw this up to show you the overall effect and total combined width of the numbers.

These door numbers at 95mm high have been chosen to specifically fill a door panel each but still leave space either side.

3. What style of house number are you choosing?

The style of your house number can impact how easy it is to see, for example if you compare our Impact House Numbers with our Century House Numbers there is a huge difference in the surface area of the steel, which ultimately affects how easy it is to read. The Century House Numbers and Serif House Numbers are a lovely choice for a period property, but they are very slender and delicate so you may want to consider sizing up on these styles.

These ‘impact’ house numbers at 150mm high fill this pillar perfectly and have a big surface area to contrast against the stone.

4. Is your property on a well-lit street?

If your street is dimly lit you may want to consider an LED house number, which will help to guide visitors to your front door. Our LED numbers are completely IP rated for outdoor use and are adaptable for installation with dusk till dawn sensors or a timer. If LEDs are not for you but you are not on a well lit street then a larger stainless steel number would be preferable to any of our powder coated ranges – the stainless steel surface will catch the light at certain times of day and reflect the headlamps of cars arriving at your home.

These LED house numbers with warm white lights will illuminate your house front.

How big is too big for a house number?

If you aren’t afraid to make a statement and have the space then your house number is yours to create! Whilst 95mm 150mm and 250mm are the most common choices, creating a custom house number can be the way to go when it comes to adding the finishing touch to a house front. We can produce up to 800mm length parts and help you to create something that can’t possibly be missed! Take a look at ‘We Love Home’ blog to see how blogger Maxine used our service to make a beautiful No. 8 (pictured below).

How big should my house number be? We can create house numbers of any size!