Design Tip Tuesday- Updating Hardware
Updated: Jan 22
-Switching our chrome door components to matte black #matteblack
Part 3- HARDWARE
There are things that are easy and cost effective to update, such as lighting (part 1), paint (part 2) and...
The two best places to make the switch are cabinet hardware and door hardware. I think these can (along with lighting and paint) make a space seem newer than it really is. It can be a feature or it can be utilitarian.
When selecting hardware I look at a few things:
If you love gold (an “it” fixture color right now) but NOTHING in the house is gold... switch the cabinet hardware and lights to gold in one room and BAM it works. Long gone are the days of matchy-matchy!
This is also a way to tray it on before fully committing to other spaces!
Also- if you hate the ”trendy” finish colors Chose what YOU like! I have way too many people seeking my approval for brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze like it is wrong to still do those!
-Same bar pull- four different finishes
If you have a 30 inch wide cabinet with 2 drawers, a 3 inch pull or a knob would not look pleasing to the eye. You have to scale your hardware just like you scale a rug to the room/the furniture.
It also is OK to use different scale within your space. For instance I had a client recently who hated knobs so on the doors we did 5 in pulls and on the drawers (which were all wide) we did 10 inch pulls.
One common problem is that clients want to just change the hardware, so we have to find an alternative for the exact previous size (more ofte than not 3 or 3.75 inch) if dealing with pulls. I then make it my mission to find statement pulks to make up for the lack of control we have on the size!
-Example of same style pull, just in two different sizes. *Microwave wasn’t yet installed, so that’s the empty spot!
-Client wanted all pulls, but we had brushed nickel knobs so we swapped for square gold for the knobs and statement gold for the pulls. We didn’t want to drill new holes so we stayed with original width.
Some people like handles on doors, some prefer levers...no right or wrong, just a personal preference.
Same goes for knobs versus pulls in cabinetry hardware.
Recently I had proposed an oversized bar pull for a client and it was shut down. When I asked why, he told me he had had them before and caught numerous pairs of pants on them and hated them. Valid answer. He knew how he used the space and didn’t want to sacrifice function for aesthetic!
-Before: Chrome lever
-After: Matte Black handle
I will admit that some people would love the before (chrome lever) door hardware. This client did not, so swapping to matte black round handle with a square back plate throughout the house reflected all the other changes and it was these little touches that made it gorgeous.
Knobs/Pulls are a great opportunity to add personality and it’s a cost effective way too! This client loved the glass knobs I selected because it ties into the shower deco tile right around the corner.
I also thought I’d include a link to a fellow blogger and friend, “The Furniture Redeemer,” Kasey’s blog
she recently wrote on her favorite hardware sources.
Click link below to check it out! https://thefurnitureredeemer.com/f/favorite-places-to-buy-furniture-hardware
-Example of Kasey’s amazing talents to bring old furniture back to life!
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