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.
Many think that replacing hinges is easy. While this can be true in most cases, there can be some instances when replacing a hinge becomes a major chore. There are many variables that need to be taken into consideration when discussing replacing hinges. Calling a contractor is not necessary as there are only a few screws to remove. The following are some of the aspects that need to be taken into account as well as some DIY tips for replacing hinges:
What Hinges are Being Replaced? – If you are changing the hinges on a door, you may find it very difficult to do without help. You should have someone there to help you switch them out. Doors can be very heavy and can cause injury if they fall and there is no one there to hold the door in place. Cabinets can be replaced with one person but it is easier if there are two.
Match the Existing Hinge to the New One – This is one of the best tips to replacing hinges. If you match the hinges perfectly, you do not have to worry about fit. This can save a great deal of time. When the new hinges are a different size then you have to drill new holes and plug the old ones up. That can be time consuming but it is not always possible to get hinges that match perfectly if the existing ones are very old.
If you have just purchased a home or are tired of your existing décor, you may be thinking of a new home theme. There are so many new ideas and DIY kits out there to make a home truly memorable that it can be difficult deciding on just one. There are many ways to create a theme for your home. Some may be more appropriate than others. You may need to take into consideration how much of your home bears this theme such as if the theme is going to include the outside of the home as well as the interior.
Many gated communities or condominium complexes have strict rules regarding the decorative aspects of the exterior of the home. They want a unity to all of the exterior colors so check with your homeowners association before doing any projects to the outside of the home. You may find your home looks great on the outside just to be told you have fines to pay and that you need to repair the home back to a state that conforms to the rules of the homeowners association. This does not mean you cannot make improvement to the exterior; you just need to do them within the guidelines.
The interior of the home offers much more leeway. There are usually no standards to go by when choosing a theme for the inside of the house. Just figure out what is appropriate for your theme and you can work away on it. You can find pieces that fit the theme as well as cabinet hardware that matches and follows this theme. The following are a few themes for a home that can be used:
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.