Update Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
The kitchen cabinets in your home may not be the focal point of the room, but they are definitely a prominent feature. If you want to give your kitchen a new intriguing look, but don’t have the time or money to remodel the entire room, consider replacing the existing hardware on your kitchen cabinets.
In fact, the color of your metal, glass, or ceramic hardware probably does not even match its original coloring. Updating the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is a great idea, especially since the hardware has a tendency to dull after years of dirt and grime accumulation.
Kitchen cabinet hardware is available in a variety of styles, as well as a variety of materials, including ceramic, glass, and metallic finishes. Once you have made the decision to update your kitchen hardware, take a new look at the kitchen and consider what style of hardware will look the best with the rest of the décor in your kitchen.
Consider the style that you have used to decorate your home. Traditional styling indicates a need to use cabinet hardware that has a brushed finish. Pewter, nickel, and polished brass blend well with traditional styling, although other styles will look nice as well. Perhaps you would prefer to contrast the traditional cabinets with some hardware that leans more toward the unique and modern.
If the style of your home décor is more contemporary, consider cabinet hardware in a high gloss metallic shine. Additionally, finishes using enamel are a good option for the contemporary look. Knobs, handles, pulls, and hinges with a themed look are also a terrific spruce up for any kitchen cabinetry.
Today’s ceramic styles tend to include images of almost everything, from animals to cars to flowers to fruits to gingham checks to birds to trains to leaves to vegetables. Selecting just one that is perfect for your kitchen may be more difficult than you originally thought.
Moreover, it is absolutely necessary to make sure that the hardware you select will blend well with your existing kitchen cabinets. Although it is easy to get caught up in the colorful and eye appealing knobs and pulls, it is essential that they will remain appealing once they are attached to your cabinets.
Don’t forget to consider the kitchen walls when deciding on the hardware for the cabinets. If the walls are papered with a very busy pattern of wallpaper, then something a bit simpler may be called for in hardware selection.
It may take some time for you to consider what effect you would like to create with your hardware on your kitchen cabinets. In fact, some styles, patterns, and finishes are so beautiful or unique, that they become the focal point in the kitchen and a topic of conversation. Many of the ceramic and glass styles are so cleverly finished that they look too pretty to simply be part of a kitchen cabinet.
Kitchen knobs, pulls, and hinges have come a long way from the traditional styles that have been available over the years. No longer are homeowners limited to plain, simple, and functional. Instead, functional and pretty can now go hand in hand. Today’s styles include finishes in antique copper, iron, nickel, polished chrome, aged bronze, polished brass, glass, stainless steel, and antique brass. Additionally, a variety of knobs, handles, and pulls are available in ceramic styles.
Prior to making the purchase of your new cabinet hardware, take some careful measurements of the existing hardware. Write down sizes, as well as the spacing of the screws. This should eliminate the need to drill new holes. Accurate measurements are essential to avoid additional work or the need to return and exchange your hardware purchase. In fact, it is a good idea to bring some of your old hardware with you for size comparison purposes, unless you are shopping online for your hardware. In that case, simply have the hardware next to you.
No matter what you are looking for in hardware for your kitchen, there are countless options, colors, sizes, materials, and patterns. Themed hardware is always a popular choice and fits in quite easily with different styles of homes, including but not limited western ranch and rodeo, waterwood, Italian, and cottage.
Kitchen hardware is no longer limited to the confines of the hardware stores, but is also available in a wide spread array of locations. Decorative, custom made, and handmade hinges, knobs, pulls, and handles are all the rage.
The timeless classics of solid brass styles, futuristic euro-design aluminum pieces, stunning granite and stainless steel combinations, and novelty handcrafted hardware can all be purchased for a fraction of the cost of replacing your entire set of kitchen cabinets. Give your kitchen a new look with the simple replacement of cabinet hardware. Sprucing up the kitchen has never been easier.