[ecis2016.org] A well-designed wooden name plate design creates the first impression about a home and also gives positive vibes.
Wood name plate design: Types of wood that can be used
Wood is the most popular material for name plates. Names plates for the home can be made from various types of wood such as teak, sheesham, mango, railway sleeper-wood, MDF, plywood, and pinewood. For economical options, commercial MDF (medium-density fibreboard), plywood, veneer, and pine are ideal. Raw wood nameplates can be expensive. With laser cutting, unique shapes and designs of name plates can be created in MDF. The letters can also be cut out in MDF and coloured differently. However, MDF is impacted by water. So, use it for the main door but not the main gate. Wooden names plates can be rectangular, square, oval, round, house-shaped, or tree-shaped.
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The current trend is to use wood in combination with other materials and styles, to create a unique name plate for the house. Here are the top trending designs in wooden name plates.
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Customised wooden name plates
The current trend in wooden name plates is to customise the designs that can match the theme of the home. They can be colourful, creatively shaped, with artistic embellishments, metal crafts, calligraphy, lights and 3D elements. Some designs for name plates have the names of all the family members and the pets, along with the house number. You can also personalise it by mentioning your profession like doctor, colonel, advocate or CA. Millennial couples prefer to personalise them by adding their photos or caricatures. With a growing trend of naming bungalows, villas and apartments, even these names get mentioned on the nameplate.
Engraved wooden name plate design
Engraving on the wood can enhance the aesthetics of a wooden name plate. Beautify the main door with an engraved wooden name plate. These name plates are classy, and perfect for those who prefer a subtle statement. These days the wood is cut and shaped using CNC routers and lasers to give the name plate a fine look. The most commonly seen name plate designs on wooden blocks have beautiful floral patterns on either side of the family name, engraved in attractive fonts. The surname can also be underlined with a beautifully engraved pattern. Besides the house number and name, you can engrave a photo of the family on the wooden plank. A welcome sign engraved with the house number and surname can make the guests feel at home.
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Wooden name plate designs for home with auspicious symbols
According to Vastu, the main door should be adorned with auspicious symbols of good luck such as Lakshmi seated on a lotus with elephants, dhatri (dwarfish nurse), birds like parrots and peacocks. Most home owners prefer to have wooden name plates with propitious symbols to invite positivity into their homes. One can design name plates with Ganesha motifs, Om, swastika, Lord Krishna, lotus, cross, or Buddha.
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Wooden vinyl-laminated name plate design
Wooden vinyl-laminated name plates of MDF gives the liberty to design unique shapes with laser cutting technology. Laser-cut patterns and borders make the MDF name plate look stunning. Even the letters can be cut out in MDF and coloured differently. As MDF is pale in colour, wooden vinyl or spray paint is used as the finishing layer. Vinyl lamination makes them water-resistant and termite-resistant. The nameplates can be etched with motifs, or engraved with floral designs and calligraphy.
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Wooden name plate designs for home with quotes
A growing trend is to design wooden name plates with quotes. These quotes bring an instant smile and spread positivity as family and friends step inside your loving abode. Depending on the size of the nameplate the quotation can be short or long. Some common quotes are ‘Bless our home with love and laughter’, ‘Peace be to this house’, ‘Welcome’, ‘Happiness is homemade’, ‘Our nest’, ‘This is us, together we make a beautiful family’, ‘Home is where the heart is’, ‘Magic happens here’, or even Sanskrit shlokas or a favourite poem.
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Wooden name plate design with light
Lights add a magical touch to the nameplates. As per Vastu, light is a must for the main door for good energy so illuminate the name plate with LED lights. Illuminated name plate designs for flats add glow and make the nameplate stand out for visitors. Most of the lit name plates use backlit technology, making it easier to see the house number and name in the dark. Edge-lit name plates have light only on the edges to give a scintillating border. Colour-changing LED lights are in demand, but you can opt for classic yellow lights. You can also opt for a radium name plate for that glow-in-the-dark effect.
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Laser-cut wooden name plates
Laser-cut wooden name plates are like small pieces of art framed on the walls. Wood, especially MDF, when combined with acrylic letters gives plenty of design options. Laser-cut tree designs, jaali or intricate floral patterns along with surnames and house numbers are popular in nameplates.
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Wooden name plate designs for home in regional language
Wooden nameplates in regional languages are trending at the moment. A name plate is not just a board with one’s name, but it is a part of one’s identity. Our mother tongue defines our identity and is a carrier of our culture. People nowadays are opting for nameplates in regional languages as it makes a unique statement.
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Wooden name plate designs for home with calligraphy
Calligraphy can be used to decorate the nameplates of the house. Calligraphy brings a sense of style with beautiful typography and whimsical designs. One can choose English or regional language lettering for the nameplate. A name plate with calligraphy can express artistic, individual style.
Wood name plate design with brass
Wood and brass can be combined to design a personalised name plate. Brass letters on a wooden base make a beautiful name plate for the home. A rustic wooden base and stone tiles on the side along with letters and motifs made of brass can make a brass name plate a perfect piece for your house. Brass is used in name plates for lettering as it has a shiny effect but it can also be crafted as the base of the name plates. With wood, one can consider different motifs, symbols or patterns of brass. These name plates shine bright and complement the modern house.
Wooden nameplates with glass
Wood and glass can blend to create a stunning name plate. Glass with sleeper wood looks elegant, with decorative motifs and golden letterings. Wood can be used as a frame for the glass. Frosted glass or etched glass can be incorporated with wood to make designer nameplates. With a glass and wood combination, one can also add LED lights for a contemporary and ethereal look.
Wooden name plate design for home main gate
Today owners name their bungalows, villas, row houses and apartments, which are then artistically crafted on the nameplate. As the nameplate is exposed to climate changes, choosing a weather-proof name plate makes sense. Wooden name plates look elegant and enhance the beauty of your main entrance. Wooden name plates for the main gate can be embellished in many ways. Ideally, combine wood and acrylic for the main gate design. Wood and acrylic name plates or house signs can be designed with various motifs and symbols, and be illuminated with LED light. Engrave your name and house number on the name plate and add a soothing light above the plate to glam it up.
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Wooden name plates with traditional art form (dhokra and warli)
Many home owners prefer to design wooden name plates that flaunt Indian traditional art forms such as dhokra (metal casting), warli, madhubani, and pattachitra. The exquisite wooden name plates with a desi touch add a chic charm to the home entrance and emerge as the focal point of the entrance.
Room name plate designs in wood
Kids usually prefer to put their name plates outside their rooms. The kids’ room name plates, apart from having their names, can be designed with their favourite cartoon characters, superheroes, names of football or cricket teams they support, etc. Kids may also like to mention besides their name the rooms as a wonderland, dreamland, paradise, den, space, etc. and even quotes like, ‘My room, my rules’, ‘Knock and enter’, etc . Also, nameplates outside the kitchen are being placed with interesting messages like ‘Mom’s kitchen open 24 hours’, ‘Seasoned with love’, etc. Those who have a special entertainment room at home are seen using name plates for the lounge and theatre room doors.
Modern wooden name plates for home
Modern wooden name plate designs now symbolise togetherness. Earlier, it was just the family name that was mentioned on the name plate but now, the names of all the family members are written. Also, the modern trends are towards colourful name plates. Different materials like terracotta, clay, brass, fibre, etc., are combined, to create unique handmade name plates for homeowners. Interesting shapes, fancy borders, 3D embossed letters, monograms and name plates with protection symbols, are seen in modern homes. Multi-tonal wood is also being used for modern name plates.
Wooden hanging name plate designs
Hanging wooden name plates are usually bigger in size and have interesting shapes, unlike fixed name plates. Also, hanging wooden name plates are more artistic, creative and eye-catching. Hanging name plates, hang with a string and are usually not illuminated. The advantage is that they can be fixed and removed easily. Avoid a hanging name plate on the door as it can become loose with the door being opened often. It is better to affix it on the wall.
Name plate designs inspired by movies and TV shows
Nowadays, many people prefer to design their home plates inspired by their favourite television series and movies. The wooden name plates can be designed, based on themes like Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Games of Thrones, Captain America, Batman, etc.
DIY creative hand-painted wooden name plate
If you are creatively inclined then you can design a hand-painted wooden name plate for your abode. Uniquely designed name plates, made with a fusion of wood, clay art and hand-painted designs, look attractive. Use a wooden plank of any shape, paint it in vibrant shades, decorate with colours and motifs and letter it with stencils.
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Tips to consider when selecting a wooden name plate
- When selecting a wooden name plate’s size, colour and design consider the colour of the background and the design of the main entrance.
- Always keep the font size large if your name is small. Keep the name plate big enough so that the name, surname and house number can be written on it and can be read from a distance.
- There should be adequate light at the main door to enable one to read the name plate.
- Depending on how much space is available, it is important to ensure all the important information on the name plate is legible. Do not use too many designs, engravings, and idols of deities to decorate the name plate.
- If the name plate is just outside the door, the recommended height of letters is three inches minimum. For name plates on the main gate, the minimum height of the letter should be around five inches or more.
- Avoid unsightly screw fixings and instead, add hidden fixings.
Vastu tips for home name plates
According to Vastu, a home must have a name plate on the main entrance, as it attracts luck and prosperity The right Vastu name plate placement is on the main door’s left side as that is considered auspicious. Place it at a height equal to the door’s upper half. It should not be right in front of the elevator or left hanging. Fix it properly and ensure there are no holes in it. A metal name plate is recommended, if the door is in the north or west direction. Go for a wooden name plate, if the door is in the south or east direction. The letters on the nameplate should not be crooked, faded or cracked as it is considered inauspicious according to Vastu. Keep the name plate dust-free and clean.
How should the fonts be on a name plate?
The fonts on a wooden name plate can be painted, printed, carved, clay moulded, wooden/acrylic or brass cut-outs. For maximum visibility, avoid slim fonts. Popular fonts for nameplates include Garamond, Georgia and Times Roman. Strongly defined fonts, such as Helvetica, Futura and Arial, are also popular.
Which colour is suitable for a nameplate?
Matching colours should be avoided as they may affect the readability. Dark brown or beige on the wood are the most common colours, though one can select a name plate with a gold finish, a colourful floral design, and vibrant embellishments. If the design is complex then keep the name plate colours simple and soothing.
What is the latest trend in wooden name plate design?
Personalised, theme-based and unique wooden name plate designs are in vogue. People prefer to have nameplates which express their identity, profession, degrees, etc. A dark wooden name plate with gold lettering never goes out of style. Wooden name plates with clay family miniatures or caricatures printed are also being used. Laser-cut wooden names with LED lights are in trend. Also wooden name plates with small planters are in trend.
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