July 01, 2013
[caption id="attachment_1951" align="aligncenter" width="683"] The rusted iron hardware is the finishing touch on a cabinet designed by Past Basket Design in Geneva Illinois. To see more of this kitchen go to Houzz.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1950" align="aligncenter" width="683"] The perfect hardware for your perfect kitchen, see the entire kitchen at Houzz.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1949" align="aligncenter" width="683"] These refrigerator handles are cast bronze and were commissioned by the client, made by a local artisan. Let Past Basket Design help you create your dreams. For the entire kitchen, visit our Houzz portfolio.[/caption] Recently I was asked a question on our Houzz page about how to match the finishes of fixtures. The inquirer was looking for advice on whether it was important to be consistent in finish selection of hardware, hinges, light fixtures, faucets, etc. This is one of the most common questions we receive from our clients! A light went off, let's talk hardware this month. So here you go... Hopefully these 5 tips will come in handy as your navigating through the process of harmonizing your hardware. 1. There are no hard and fast rules. Look around, online, in magazines, books etc. key in on the finishes in the kitchens you like. Do they have finishes that all match? Are they varied? Or both? You may learn something about your preferences by going through this exercise. 2. If you have exposed decorative hinges on your cabinets, then you'll probably want to closely match your handle / knob. However, expect that there will be a little variation between the two as the manufacturer of the hinge is likely not the manufacturer of the hardware. i.e. not all "oil rubbed bronze" is created equal. That's ok, it's acceptable to be close on finish matches as the hinge and handle are not directly adjacent. 3. Hardware style is trendy. Open up to new ideas by looking outside the box. Here's some insider information for you. Try http://www.whitechapel-ltd.com/for a really interesting array of artisan made pieces. 4. For proper placement of knobs on doors. We generally advise clients to place knobs 4" to 6" from the bottom of a wall cabinet door or from the top of a base cabinet door. 5. Use your best judgment to determine if a drawer is wide enough for two knobs (or handles). If a drawer is wide enough to need two knobs as a rule of thumb they should be set about 1/6th of the drawer length from each end. Take this as a starting point.