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Thursday, April 18, 2013

What type hardware for my cabinets? Knobs or handles, and what size?

If you are shopping for hardware for cabinets, here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

This kitchen has hinges that show (instead of hidden hinges)
This creates a sort of "old fashioned" style 
Hardware is a great place to make your cabinets feel more unique. It's fun to mix and match knobs with handles to create variety and interest. Here are some photos for inspiration.

To assist the general contractor to know which pieces to attach
in various rooms, we color coded the hardware selections as above. 
The number one question we get is this - Can I mix finishes on hardware?

For example, chrome with brass or bronze. As a rule of thumb, if it is appealing to the eye - yes!

Example, brushed stainless is fine with some bronze door knobs or light fixtures. Especially if you have a stainless faucet or stainless appliances.

We chose this brushed stainless hardware for the master bath, even though the light fixtures and door knobs were bronze. The tile had taupe and gray tones, so this was a nice compliment to the overall cool

Another question we often hear is "does the hardware on all the upper cabinets need to match"? The below photos shows that you can mix and match as much as you want, as long as it's appealing to the eye, there are no rules. 

In this Greensboro kitchen, notice the variety in the way we
added hardware. We turned the handles sideways on the lower drawers
which is more interesting than knobs.
We chose hidden hinges for these cabinets

If you are wondering how to upgrade or replace hardware that is a unique size (when it's impossible to find hardware that matches up to the same holes as your old hardware).....below are examples of handles with back plates. This often "hides" the problem. 

It's all based on looks, there is no definite rule of thumb.
It makes it more interesting if you mix and match the sizes and shapes.

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