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.

Victorian Era Architectural Styles and Home Hardware

The Victorian architectural style and the home hardware produced during this time (1825-1900) is not one specific type of hardware but rather an eclectic mix of various styles that were popular and classified as Victorian Era hardware after the fact. Most notably during this time home decorating became more ornate and reflected the changing social and economic revolutions that were occurring in the United States. The industrial revolution brought mass production of goods and beautiful home hardware was no longer only accessible to the “upper class” of society. The newly formed middle class in America embraced these new architectural styles and filled their home with a variety of popular trends.

Depending on the taste of the inhabitants the doorknob sets, cabinet hardware, window hardware and home hardware could vary widely. In some homes a very ornate style (sometimes referred to during this time as romantic because of the emphasis on flowers and nature motifs) was used while in others more geometric designs (such as the Eastlake design) were extremely popular. Solid brass was used for its strength and the ability to cast in a wide variety of designs and patterns. Some of the most popular styles included Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne and Stick Style. The trademark features of each style varied slightly with different emphasis being placed on window design, roofing, exterior decorative elements and interior home hardware patterns.

Victorian style hardware is produced today and can be used in both older Victorian homes and modern houses. It is a timeless addition to any room and can transform an entire room with little effort. Older and worn furniture can be transformed by replacing the original knobs with elegant designs and doorknob sets can be easily replaced to become a wonderful focal point. Interior and exterior Victorian style is available and makes it extremely easy to create a new and beautiful theme throughout your entire home. Remember that these styles were used interchangeably during the Victorian era so you can use a variety of patterns and shapes throughout your house and it will tie itself together nicely.