Creating a Luxurious Home With Cabinet Hardware

One of this year’s trends, when it comes to home decor, is to really do it up! Luxury, indulgence, and opulence are in. That means if you have been thinking about making some changes to your furniture and really dressing up your house, this is the time to do it.

However, making these kinds of changes to one’s home, trading out all of the furniture for something more expensive and fancy can be a very costly proposition. In the current economy, many people do not have the money on hand to be able to do such a grand scale change of the decor to their home. So, what is the other option? Well, one option is to not change everything out, but just make some changes to the cabinet hardware.

Believe it or not, changing out just the hardware on your cabinetry and furniture can make a substantial difference to their overall look. This is one of the common things that real estate agents tell homeowners when they want to make a change to their house to make it more attractive to buyers – repaint the cabinets and furniture and then add new and improved cabinet hardware. It will make the piece look new again. Additionally, if you purchase very attractive hardware pieces it can make the piece look even fancier and more impressive than it ever did before.

So, how do you get started in making this change to your cabinetry? Well, you should begin by getting to know the kinds of hardware you like. The good news is that most companies have online catalogs you can look through and get a feel for their selection without ever leaving your home. This also lets you get a better idea of what it would look like in your home as you can look at your cabinets, at the piece on the screen and really get a feel for how they would go together. If you have a good printer, you could even print out a copy of what one of the pieces looks like and walk it around the room to see if you think it would fit.

Remember, there is no limit to how luxurious you can go when it comes to this kind of hardware. This year, the trends in home furnishings are to enjoy as much luxury as you want in your home. This means you can go all out and really have a great time with fancy decorative hardware on your cabinets and accomplish making your home look like it is at the top of the fashion trends.

A final note before you make a purchase. You don’t want to buy a bunch of pieces of hardware right away. You should begin by purchasing one of the item you are considering. Once it is at the house, try it out on one piece of furniture and see if you like the way it looks. If so, then you know you can order enough of the hardware to turn your home into one you will love.

Drawer Hardware Can Make a Big Difference

When we look around the rooms of our house, it’s the big things that catch our attention. The furniture, the color of the walls, the floor coverings-those are the things that give our home its flavor and express our personality. But it’s the small details that finish our decor and make it truly our own.

One of the small details we choose when we design our kitchens and baths is the drawer hardware. Whether you are buying new cabinets, refinishing existing cabinets, or just sprucing up what’s already there, your choice of drawer hardware makes a statement about your sense of style. You can take a simple cabinet or a piece of used furniture, and make it your own with your choice of drawer hardware.

Drawer hardware comes in more styles, materials, and shapes than most of us would imagine. One of the first factors to consider is size. If you find a great piece of hardware but it doesn’t fit, there’s no point to considering it.

Ask yourself these questions when you are determining the sizes you need:

• Are you limited because the existing cabinets already were drilled for hardware and you have to retrofit the knobs?

• Do you need something with a low profile, that does not project from the drawer too much? Picking drawer hardware with a low profile will help ensure that when you open and close the drawers, they won’t hit the knob or handle on the adjacent drawer if they are installed in a corner.

• Are the drawer fronts different sizes? Do you want to select a single piece of hardware that works for all drawers? Or do you want to select a coordinated suite of hardware that varies in size?

• Do you want hardware large that is easy to grasp? Or do you want something that is small, that does not draw attention away from the cabinets or furniture?

After you determine the size hardware you need, consider style. The shape, material and metal finish all contribute to the style of the drawer hardware. For traditional cabinets or furniture, a polished brass knob, simple or ornate, may look just right. Adding a backplate to the knob can enhance the traditional feel you are looking for.

Do you prefer contemporary styles? Simple, unadorned geometric shapes–spheres, circles, cones, rods, squares-lend themselves to a contemporary look. If you like a style that straddles the two, look at traditional designs with a contemporary finish, or a contemporary shape in a traditional material or with traditional detailing.

The material used for the drawer hardware gives you even more choices. The most abundant choices come in metal in a variety of finishes. Shiny metals like chrome and polished brass are attention-getting and stand out from the cabinetry. But matte and brushed metal finishes are a popular choice for contemporary, transitional, and traditional looks.

You are not limited to metal for drawer hardware. Another popular choice is glass. Glass comes in so many colors-clear and colorless, rich jewel tones, pretty pastels, sophisticated frosted-that browsing though catalogs and websites can give you more ideas than you imagined.

You can turn a painted dresser into a shabby-chic treasure by adding a set of faceted glass knobs to the drawer fronts. You can turn your traditional cherry cabinets into something a little more transitional with a set of frosted glass knobs with a polished brass base.

Granite is another popular material for drawer hardware. You can find solid granite knobs or metal handles with granite inserts. Selecting granite hardware adds a high quality look to simple cabinets or recycled furniture.