Bringing Personality Into a Space with Cabinet Hardware

Navigate the world of cabinet hardware with these tips.

By Shelby Deering

Imagine yourself standing in your kitchen or bathroom. A lot of big ideas come to mind, from installing a new sink to completely changing the layout through extensive renovations. Those are definitely admirable goals, but there may be several reasons why a large-scale project isn’t a good idea at this time.  Maybe you need to save up a bit more or perhaps you have life responsibilities that will pull you away from making important design decisions.

Whatever the reason, you can take comfort knowing that sometimes, a quick refresh can be as simple as changing out your cabinet hardware. It’s an efficient way to make over a kitchen or bath in a hurry—in fact, it can be easily done in an afternoon. And it’s a way to show off your unique personality and tastes, too.

Switching out your hardware is a simple way to update the look of your cabinets.  In combination with good lighting, hardware can add a lot of interest in texture and finish, adding some sparkle and shine to any room.

There’s a near-dizzying amount of cabinet hardware options that are available today. It can be a tad overwhelming when considering metals, materials, finishes and colors. That’s why it can help to gather some inspiration first.

Websites such as Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram are all great tools to help visualize rooms with different wood and hardware color combinations.  There are so many great design resources available now that make it easier to see what type of combinations you like.

After you save all of those hardware ideas, it can be helpful to meet with a designer.  The help of an experienced designer is something to utilize, they have seen many different looks put together and can help you select a style and color to match your particular tastes and personality.

Many things are taken into consideration when choosing hardware: the finishes and styles of your appliances, your lighting and the plumbing fixtures. A designer can help form a cohesive look within all of those elements.

You can always go the classic route with your hardware picks, or you can look to current trends as well. On-trend colors in hardware are brass or gold, as well as matte black finishes. Shapes and styles tend to lean more contemporary. Larger-scaled pulls are quite popular and pulls over knobs are more common.

Cabinet hardware is a low-cost option to perking up a kitchen or bath.  Cabinet hardware can be an inexpensive solution to dressing up any space. It’s like the jewelry that finishes off your outfit. It can add shine and personality as well as an important functional aspect of your cabinets.







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