When designing or renovating their kitchen, customers face a great many decisions. For whatever reason, choosing the hardware for their new kitchen cabinetry can sometimes be one of the more daunting selections. Frequently, the questions my clients ask me fall into one of three categories:
1. What Combination of Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Pulls (Handles) is Best For Me in Palm Coast, Florida?
Some people like the simplicity of using knobs throughout the kitchen. Others, especially in a more contemporary design, will use all pulls. Most folks seem to prefer a combination– knobs on the doors, pulls on the drawer fronts, or vice versa. Consider how the kitchen cabinet pull or knob feels when you pull on it. A pull might look great, but if it doesn’t feel comfortable to you then it will quickly become annoying. One great thing about visiting our kitchen cabinet showroom is that you can try out the function of decorative hardware that is installed in our inspiring kitchen cabinet vignettes. The truth of the matter is that there is no right and wrong here. The deciding factor for kitchen cabinets is what is most functional for your family and looks the best in your eyes.
2. What Hardware Will Contrast Well with My New Kitchen Cabinets in Palm Coast, Florida?
Beyond the obvious observation that a highly stylized, contemporary hardware will tend to look out of place on very traditional, raised panel kitchen cabinetry, consider what style is currently popular and see if you think they are a good match for your kitchen cabinets. Plain chrome and polished brass hardware can look nice on certain styles of kitchen cabinetry, but for the most part they have given way to finishes like brushed chrome, oil rubbed bronze, and other weathered type finishes. These should remain popular for years to come, and are not a “trendy” choice like some glass hardware, hardware with inserts, and other styles that a customer might tire of a few years down the road.
3. How Much Should I Expect to Pay for My Hardware in Palm Coast, Florida?
Here the old adage applies, “you get what you pay for”. Don’t be afraid to ask if the hardware you are considering is solid metal or an alloy, of if there is a warranty on the finish. It can literally begin to tarnish in just a few months if the hardware is too inexpensive or poorly made. Hardware is the finishing touch on your new kitchen cabinet, and it can be a focal point that detracts or enhances from the overall appearance you are trying to achieve. As an example, imagine if you will, watching a glamorous actress stroll down the red carpet in an exquisite designer gown, and then seeing that she is wearing obviously cheap dime store costume jewelry. It ruins the whole ensemble. It’s much the same with kitchen cabinet hardware. Don’t make the mistake of skimping on the hardware to save a few dollars at the end of the project. The finishing touches make all the difference.
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