Your Kitchen's "Jewelry"

Your Kitchen's "Jewelry"

Hardware is the “jewelry” of cabinets and doors found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and other locales within the home. Whether you are building a new home, renovating an existing one or looking to change the look of what you currently own, selecting the right cabinet hardware enables you to make a unique design statement.

Cabinet hardware too often is an afterthought that, without appropriate consideration, can compromise both the look of your home and the functionality of your kitchen and bath. Many would consider wearing sneakers with a tuxedo as inappropriate, so too is selecting plastic pulls for new kitchen or bath cabinetry. If not selected and specified properly, cabinet hardware becomes more noticeable because it is out of place with the rest of the home. Hardware should coordinate and complement everything in a kitchen or bath, from the faucets and appliances to shower systems, tubs and accessories.

Cabinet hardware can transform a mundane generic piece into something outstanding if the hardware is carefully integrated with a cabinet’s design, style and materials. To help you select the right hardware for your kitchen or bath remodel, here are the latest hardware trends.

Brass and gold are extremely popular, but in a new way. No longer is brass or gold limited to a bright yellow. Instead, manufacturers are offering softer and warmer tones of both brass and gold. We often recommend pairing these finishes with white and dark wood cabinets and surfaces. There is a blank palate that you can work with when you gravitate to brass and gold finished hardware. Selecting a gold finish enables you to make a unique design statement. Another reason why gold is so popular at the moment is that it enables our clients to elevate a design scheme with color.

At Howard’s Kitchen Studio, we find that more and more of our clients want to remain in their homes for longer periods of time. They are looking to upgrade and improve their homes to be able to age in pace or accommodate the needs of other family members living with them. Beautiful cabinet and door hardware that is easy to grasp, pull, open and close serve both a functional and aesthetic need, especially for our clients who have limited mobility or are living with aging parents. The good news is that there are numerous options available that enable our clients to make distinctive design statements while simultaneously enjoying their home for many years to come.

Modern design has become increasingly popular trend. According to a study by Houzz.com, contemporary design was the second most popular design motif behind transitional. Contemporary hardware is characterized by clean lines and minimal adornment. Many contemporary pulls and knobs are finished in stainless steel.

Two toned finishes are also increasingly popular with our clients. Clients who mix and match finishes are best served if they select finishes with similar color temperatures. An example would be to pair an oil-rubbed bronze with a brushed gold.

Black is back in a new way. When Howard’s clients select black, white or grey cabinet finishes, black hardware complements and contrasts those colors beautifully. Matte black finishes pair remarkably well in contemporary settings.

The industrial look is another hot trend in kitchen and bath design characterized by exposed brick, wooden beams and concrete floors and countertops.

If you are interested in replacing existing hardware in your home to improve the look and functionality or if you are would like ideas for your remodeling project, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation!

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