Kitchen Design Ideas - Hardware is like Jewelry for your Cabinets
Similar to a diamond necklace on a little black dress, decorative kitchen hardware such as knobs and pulls are the pieces of jewelry in your kitchen that add personality and style. From adding a bit of Hollywood glam to historical charm, don’t underestimate the impact that your “kitchen jewelry” can have on your space.
Whether you’re completely renovating or just looking for ways to update your space, cabinet hardware is the finishing touch that can truly perfect your kitchen design. Available in a variety of styles, finishes and materials and ranging from modern & contemporary to classic & luxurious, the goal is to find pieces rich in design and details that will make your home come to life.
Choosing Your Cabinet Hardware Style & Finish
When it comes time to making hardware selections for your kitchen, the vast array of options can be overwhelming but using the style of your home as a guide can significantly narrow down your options. First, start with the basics. Because they are often round, knobs have been known to be a more traditional accent, whereas pulls can be a popular choice for contemporary kitchens as they are available in a linear, modern form. Keep in mind that most drawers should have pulls and doors should have knobs, but not every vertical surface should be treated the same. Many homeowners choose to use a mix of pulls and knobs but usually keep the style or finish consistent; this creates a more custom, designer look.
Once you’ve narrowed down the type of hardware for each drawer & door, now it’s time to select the hardware finish. From chrome & pewter to brass & bronze, each finish conveys its own distinct charm. A modern finish like stainless steel will coordinate perfectly with high-end appliances. This finish is also ideal for modern, sleek kitchens and for those who want to add an extra bit of polish. If old-world elegance is more your style, an oil-rubbed bronze finish is a popular choice. It is a beautiful way to update your kitchen, while also creating a warm and welcoming ambiance. Or for luxurious kitchen design ideas, explore options in a pewter finish. Even though this tone of silver is found in the darker side of the metal family, it perfectly picks up light to cast a soft glow.
From Fine to Fabulous Hardware
Remember that although small in scale, cabinet hardware is one of most prominent details in any kitchen. It can dramatically impact the look and feel of your space, and when done correctly, decorative hardware can elevate your design aesthetic to a whole new level. Vintage glass knobs, solid brass pulls, hardware embellished with Swarovski crystals, and wrought iron handles are just some of the various types of hardware available and through the use of unique designs and materials, you can transform your kitchen from fine to fabulous.
Make selections that correspond with your kitchen’s overall style. Consider the style of your light fixtures, faucet and other kitchen décor. If your kitchen has clean lines and modern light fixtures, consider hardware that is sleek and contemporary. Contrastingly, if your style is more European and old world, ornate pieces with curved handles might be a fitting choice.
Include specialty hardware pieces into your luxury interior design, without sacrificing functionality. A ring pull with ornate features can enhance your Italian inspired kitchen décor. Incorporate brass pulls with rosette details for a timeless, yet striking, element. Starburst knobs and animal-shaped pulls offer an eye-catching aesthetic. Or add textures of polished steel or hammered brass that are pleasant to the touch. With artistic hardware designs, your kitchen cabinets can become extraordinary items for everyday use.
Emphasize the style of your kitchen with the use of backplates: decorative pieces that attach flat against the drawer behind your knob or handle. For those who love embellishments and luxe details, backplates are a quick way to dress up your cabinetry. Additionally, it is an easy way to give a more modest knob a bit of bold flavor. Select a backplate that matches the style and color of the knob or pull to complement it, or choose a plain design in a contrasting finish to make your knob or pull stand out and pop against your cabinet.
Many homeowners do not give much attention to cabinet hinges, but this is a detail that should not be overlooked. A kitchen cabinet door cannot function correctly without a set of hinges, so take advantage of this functional element by adding a bit of personality with a set of decorative hinges. From visible to concealed, there are multiple styles to choose from. Add some extra accents to your kitchen cabinetry with decorative hinges that are visible from the outside. Exposed strap-hinges are a beautiful way to maintain historical charm in your home. Or keep them completely hidden with discrete designs, leaving you the freedom to change up your hardware on a whim. Your cabinet hinges may be easy to overlook, but by making sure you’ve selected style appropriate details such as these will ensure that your kitchen stands out above the rest.
A Spectacular Transformation
It is amazing what a little bling can do. From drab to fab, kitchen hardware is the jewelry your cabinets are missing. Through the use of unexpected and elegant hardware selections, you can dramatically impact the look and feel of your kitchen while still maintaining stability for day-to-day use.
At Linly Designs, we have access to exclusive hardware resources that are unlike anything else on the market. Leading in luxury interior design and specializing in kitchen remodeling, our goal is to provide only top quality hardware for your home made from some of the most stunning materials on earth. Let us help you transform your cabinets and add a bit of vivacity to your kitchen. With vendors from all over the world, providing superb craftsmanship, Linly Designs has something in store for every home project. Contact one of our expert designers today to explore all of the decorative hardware options we have to offer!
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