Friday, January 10, 2014

Kitchen hardware 101

One of the last phases in kitchen renovation, shopping for kitchen hardware, can be tricky. Handles and knobs for kitchen cabinets and drawers add the finishing touch to the room. These small details may seem unimportant, but in the kitchen space where most walls are lined with cabinets and drawers, these details have a big impact. 

There is a wide range of prices for cabinet handles and knobs, depending on the finish, material, style and brand.

Follow these simple steps and tips to select the right hardware for your kitchen. 

Set a budget

There is a wide range of prices for cabinet handles and knobs, depending on the finish, material, style and brand. In kitchen spaces, cabinets and drawers fill up most of the area, so you may need quite a lot of kitchen hardware. Count how many of each type of hardware you need for your kitchen. To avoid overspending, set a budget for all these items and stick to it. Divide your budget with the items of hardware you need, to know the average price you can afford. 

Consider your kitchen style

The design style of your kitchen will matter in your selection of kitchen hardware. Certain hardware styles are just better suited with certain kitchen designs. Sleek and linear cabinet handles in rectangular or tubular shapes are great for modern kitchens. Traditional kitchen design can work with the glamour of glass knobs and antique finishes. Do some research on your kitchen style to find the perfect style and finish of hardware. 

Consider other finishes

For a consistent look, consider the finishes of other materials in the kitchen. This may include kitchen faucets, appliances and lighting. While having the same finish for all these items is the safest and most conventional way to go, you don’t necessarily have to match the finishes. You may mix finishes that look somewhat alike, such as brass and bronze, or chrome and brushed nickel. 

Go for timeless elegance

Kitchen hardware may not seem all that expensive when you look at the price per piece, but when bought together, it may also amount to an expensive purchase. Keep to durable materials and timeless styles for beautiful hardware that will last you for years to come. Avoid knobs in the shape of fruits or ones with overly fancy designs, as these may go out of style or you may simply get tired of them. - Aislinn Kee 


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