Paint is the best and quickest way to revitalize a room. It’s amazing what fresh paint can do! But don’t stop there – especially if you’re thinking about selling your Southern Maryland home.
Changing the hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinets is a simple way to complement those freshly painted walls and make the room look complete. Best of all, it’s inexpensive and there are a ton of choices in color, finish, and shape.
What to look for when shopping
What style is the room? Match the style of your new hardware to the style of the room, especially in the kitchen. For example, you’ll want streamlined and simple hardware for a contemporary kitchen. If you have stainless steel appliances, consider a similar finish for knobs and pulls.
Is the hardware comfortable to use? Don’t be shy! Grab them at the store as if they were connected to a drawer or cupboard to ensure they’re the right size for you and comfortable to use.
Keep proportion in mind. Tiny knobs on a large cupboard won’t cut it.
“A good rule of thumb for traditional or transitional style pulls is that they should be about one-third of the length of the cabinet drawer,” suggest the experts at Meridian Homes. “More contemporary designs call for longer pulls that are at least two-thirds of the length of the drawer or cabinet door.”
They go on to say that if drawers measure more than 18 inches wide, you may one to use more than one knob or pull.
Finish is as important as style. There are so many finishes from which to choose, it may be as challenging as choosing the style of hardware.
As we mentioned earlier, stainless steel is ideal for most contemporary kitchens, while brass or pewter is better suited to traditional rooms. Get an idea of the many hardware finishes at theknobbery.com.
Where to shop
You don’t have to go far to find new hardware. Big-box department stores typically carry a large assortment of cabinetry hardware, but if you’re looking for something different, there are many other options online. In fact, you can shop the big-box home improvement stores online, too. Lowe’s and Home Depot both carry cabinet hardware.
We love this site for the sheer simplicity of its search function. You won’t have to scroll through page after page of hardware because you can narrow your search by a number of criteria. Search by room, by finish, by diameter, and more. Start your search at knobdepot.com.
Jet.com offers an interesting and eclectic selection of knobs and pulls. Not the least expensive of the bunch, but if you’re looking for something specific, you may find it here.
We love the Velocity Cabinet Knob (and the price too!), but Hayneedle has many other styles from which to choose. Prices run from quite reasonable to rather expensive. We also like that we can narrow the search according to shape, finish, and size. Check out the knobs and pulls at hayneedle.com.
If you have money to burn, check out the high-end hardware at wayfair.com. For a smidge more than $253, you can purchase a beveled-glass knob (screw not included!) and, for much less (but still pricey) Mother of Pearl or Swarovski crystal beauties. At the lowest end of the price scale you’ll find basic plastic and wood knobs for as low as $1.29.
On a tight budget?
While we can’t vouch for the quality, there are many discount dealers online. Check out Knobs4Less.com, Overstock.com, Discount Home Furnishings, and Ikea. Read the reviews from people who’ve purchased items to get an idea of quality.
You may also locate unique hardware on the items for sale at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore near you.
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