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Selecting Cabinet Hardware

Choosing cabinet hardware is like the jewelry we choose to go with our outfit. Like jewelry, changing the hardware can dramatically change the look of any kitchen or bathroom vanity. Choosing the hardware can feel like a daunting task for any home owner, and is sometimes the last detail chosen. Hardware is a fine detail that can bring together an entire kitchen, you need to feel and see the hardware up close before purchasing it. It is a very personal accessory for your kitchen; many prefer to have a smaller knob, whereas others prefer to have a pull. Others may choose a simple pull that may prove to provide a more stable and ergonomically correct handle for those with arthritis.

Studios S Interiors' large showroom tile and hardware selection
Studio S Interiors Showroom Display, 2015

There is a wide variety of hardware companies out there and trying to limit the type of hardware can all come down to price and quality. It is a good idea to take a few samples of hardware home and place alongside with the materials selected. Seeing them in your lighting will give you a better idea as to whether or not they will work or not. Some finishes, like brushed nickel offer a slight pink undertone, and others may look a bit more yellow. It is important to consider both price and quality, but also important to not over look the quality of hardware because of its price. Sometimes, the difference in quality can be determined by simply holding a lower quality one with a higher quality knob. You will notice the difference immediately.

When selecting hardware for your cabinets, you want to consider the look and how well it will pair with the kitchen cabinets. It is best to find a showroom that offers a wide selection from a few different brands to give you a sense of what is available. Don’t be afraid of a little bling either, sometimes it is that unique handle that adds character or sparkle to your space. The Chareau collection from Top Knobs is one of our favorite collections. It’s charming, and can provide a bit of glimmer to your kitchen. You can also pair it will the matching pulls from the same collection – don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit.Various cabinetry hardware