Where living and family rooms once dominated, today’s kitchen has become very much the focus for most families. So it’s no small wonder that despite the workhorse that it is, we want our kitchens looking good too. When it comes to kitchen design we look for convenience in layout and functionality and when considering decorating we tend to think of the various styles, colors and personal touches that make the space our own. But we often over look some of the small details in the kitchen that if done properly can have a big impact on the over all look of the room. One of these small details is the use of cabinet hardware.
Cabinetry Style can Help Determine Your Cabinet Hardware
The style of cabinets in your kitchen can add personality and atmosphere to your favorite room in the house and the hardware is the finishing touch. Matching the cabinet hardware to the rest of your kitchen isn’t difficult though it can take some thought on your part to get it just right. Some cabinet doors may be fairly plain and adaptable to almost any style of knobs and pulls you like, while others may have specific shapes or features that really limit your variations. Take for instance a shaker cabinet door panel that is usually plain with just a raised wooden frame around the outside. It lends itself extremely well to any style of cabinet knobs and drawer handles. On the other hand if your cabinets have a bead board panel face you may be limited to casual or French country. Yet even within these styles the available cabinet hardware is almost limitless so you’re sure to find something that will make you and your cabinets happy.
Find a Theme and Stick with It
Of course the idea is to match your cabinet knobs and drawer handles to the rest of the décor in your kitchen as well. If you have too many styles going on at once, the room will simply seem busy and confusing. So choose a theme and stick with it throughout the kitchen. If you love the look of Old World Tuscany think sun baked earthy colors of yellow, terra cotta and gold. Cabinet knobs and pulls should have a definite antique look so go with cabinet hardware that has an aged appearance such as hammered wrought iron or bronze.
If your kitchen décor is modern you’ll likely have very clean simple lines and this should also be reflected in your cabinet hardware as well. You can’t go wrong with polished or brushed stainless or nickel knobs and pulls. On the other hand if your kitchen has a definite country theme you’ll have a lot of other choices to choose from. Country can cover a large range of styles, including French country, Shaker and Arts and Crafts. Depending on your specific country style you can choose from clear or colored glass, hammered metal, brass or wood drawer handles and cabinet knobs.
Finding the perfect cabinet hardware to match your kitchen décor is as close as you local home improvement center or online home hardware store and replacing your existing knobs and pulls is easy. All you need is a screw driver. Just be sure you match up the existing holes in your cabinetry and you’re good to go. While you’re at it don’t forget about that often neglected door hardware. People don’t often consider door hardware as part of the kitchen décor but if you want a unified look, it’s important to match door hardware with your cabinet knobs and drawer handles.