Add a Touch of Style with Decorative Hardware

Decorative Hardware When you want to add a touch of style to your kitchen or bathroom, installing decorative cabinet hardware can really make a difference. From polished brass or stainless steel to crystal and glass handles and knobs, it is quite easy to give the whole room a fresh, decorative look by incorporating different cabinet hardware. Imagine a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The stainless steel can cause even rich wood cabinets and drawers to feel cold and stark. But when you add elegant rich gold tone cabinet handles and knobs you are adding a touch of warmth and richness to the room. 

The same can be done in a modern black kitchen. Black cabinets look wonderful with stainless steel handles, intricate antiqued knobs and other stylish touches that you can add, and are sure to make a statement. Bathrooms are another place in the home where cabinet hardware can make a huge difference in the feel of the room. For example if you have a pastel colored bathroom with light airy colors you can easily find simple decorative pull handles for your drawers and cabinets. 

If you have an opulent luxurious bathroom with rich colors like burgundy and gold, you can also find gold toned or brushed brass cabinet hardware to complete the look. The bathroom also offers many other decorative hardware options including towel racks and shower door handles. It is easy to add a touch of class to any color scheme or design by using decorative cabinet hardware.

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Replacing Hardware for Existing Odd Size Holes

Adjustable drawer pullsNot all hardware is made the same and sometimes the hardware that comes with the cabinets that are in your home are odd sized.  This can mean that there is an issue when replacing the existing odd size holes with other hardware.  How do you make the new hardware fit the cabinets when the holes are too large or too small for your new hardware?  There are a few things that you can do to get your new cabinet pulls and hinges to fit without having to get new cabinets entirely.

  • Large Holes – When the holes are larger than the screws for the new hardware you can do one of two things.  You can either purchase inserts to make the holes smaller and allow them to be able to fit the new screws, or you can fill them with putty and drill new holes.  Many people prefer to use the inserts because they are easier to use.  It also keeps the cabinets from having too many holes.  Drilling new holes can offer a tighter fit for the new hardware so that can be a positive for that method.

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Proper Care for Decorative Hardware

Caring for cabinet hardware
Learn to clean and take care of your hardware the right way.

You can spend a great deal of money of decorative hardware for your cabinets and drawers.  These pulls can cost up to thirty dollars a piece if they are made out of certain materials.  You do not want to spend all that money and then ruin them by not properly maintaining them.  There are some care tips that can help you to care for decorative hardware and keep it looking great.  The type of care they require depends upon the material that they are made out of.

  • Brass – Brass looks lovely in any room of the home and it can be quite shiny.  The last thing you want to use on brass are harsh abrasives that can take off the natural patina.  Instead, use a good brass polish to keep it nice and bright.  Before polishing, clean them gently with soap and water.  Always use a soft, lint free cloth when cleaning or polishing brass decorative hardware.

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Decorative Hardware Styles and Colors

Crystal Knobs
Crystal Knobs

Many people simply use the same hardware for their drawers that they use on their cabinets.  When the drawers are in the bedroom or dining room china cabinet, it is not common to switch out from the stock ones that come with them.  When redecorating, do not forget that you can create a new look by simply changing the decorative hardware styles to match the new décor.

If you are changing a child’s room to a more grown up look, when they transition from toddlers to school children, you may want to give the room a more grownup look that can easily transition to the teenage years.  For a boy’s room, you may want to choose the colors of blue and green.  The great news is that there are drawer pulls in many variations of these colors which are also made out of stone and other materials.  Use more feminine colors when decorating a girl’s room such as lilac or peach.

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