Now, I know you might be thinking "Door stops? Seriously? Does anybody even use those things anymore?", and to be honest, I used to think along those lines. A quick scan of my flat, however, reveals that the humble, practical door stop is alive and well - in my home the bathroom, kitchen and even my own bedroom doors get propped open regularly.
Traditional doorstop designs can be a little twee for the modern home, but luckily there are contemporary options out there. This selection runs the gamut from sleek and simple to bright and humorous, but there's not a ceramic puppy or stuffed cat to be seen.
• It looks a teeny bit big to me, but the Last Stop airplane door stop from Fred & Friends certainly has humor on its side.
• A super-subtle improvement on the classic wooden wedge, I can see this Ashwood door stop in red, from House by John Lewis, working in a child's room or kitchen.
• My favorite might just be the beautiful Ooob bookend and door stop from Headsprung. I like the multi-functionality of the piece, and the fact that the silicone won't harm wooden floors (or doors).
• This brightly-colored leaf door stop from the MoMA Store is pretty fun, and I like it for a back door or mudroom.
• Talk about glam- this gold bar door stop by Eno, from Made in Design, is another favourite of mine.
• James the Doorman from black + blum will hold open your door all day without getting tired.
• Like almost everything from Anthropologie, this gold-beaked door stop is charming, with a hand-crafted feel.
• The Compact Cassette door wedge from Not on the High Street is another tongue-in-cheek option.
• A little different from the traditional stop, the Flexy from Lee Valley is a twisted piece of plastic which will keep a door open just a smudge- enough for airflow or to protect little fingers.
• Also from Lee Valley, the Stoppy protects doors and floors with its silicone-covered S-shape.
Do you use door stops in your home? What style do you favor?
Images: As linked above