A great solution that is provided through changing your decorative hardware is to spice up old cabinets. You do not have to give special treatment to new cabinets only, changing the hardware on your old cabinets will make them look like new or will suggest a change in style. Different styles of knobs reflect very different styles and periods. You will be able to find knobs from Victorian to Postmodern.
Even if you choose not to re-do all of your cabinet hardware, by even changing a couple of them, you will be making a bold statement. If you cannot decide on one particular knob or pull, you can match several designs together – it is a great way to bring not only play up, punch up the style, but bring in a bit of your personality so the kitchen will always feel as if it is your own.
Cabinet and furniture hardware is a functional decorative detail. It is essential to make sure that whatever knobs or pulls are not awkward or slippery to grab (especially if you know that whatever in that drawer is usually taken out in haste or emergencies).
If you believe that a knob fits the design the best or you prefer the look of a knob as opposed to a pull, make sure that you try it out in the showroom prior to purchasing it. If you have arthritis in your hands, then knobs would not be the best solution for you would be to try C- or U- shaped pulls. If you are looking for rather inexpensive knobs, or want to paint them to reveal your artistic talents, then you could think about buying unfinished knobs.
Hardware is a fantastic way to play up the kitchen’s specific style. There are many hardware designs available on the market, so you will not need to compromise the overall style at all – you can choose from materials such as brass, pewter, wrought iron, ceramic, bronze, chrome, nickel, glass, steel, plastic, rubber, wood, or stone.
The amount of hardware shapes and designs available is overwhelming, so first, you should at least have a general idea of what you are looking for. You will notice that some are more geometrical or abstract and bold, some have elegant and straightforward, others are whimsical and themed – such as designs with teapots, flowers, grapes, fruits, or many others.
After finding that perfect design, you should think about what kind of finish would reflect your kitchen’s personality the best – choose from highly polished, matte-finished, smooth, or hammered pieces.