Tips for selecting hardware for kitchen and bath

They might seem like a small design choice, but handles, drawer pulls and knobs can greatly affect the look of your kitchen and bath. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting these pieces of hardware:

• Decide which material you prefer for your hardware. Cabinet knobs and pulls, for instance, come in ceramic and glass as well as metal, though metal is the most popular choice with homeowners today. Most pieces will come in a variety of metals, such as nickel, pewter, chrome and bronze. Some choose to mix and match metals, though most homeowners will likely choose a single metal and use it throughout a room.

• Consider how much you wish to spend on hardware. Purchasing more inexpensive hardware may sound like a good idea, but well-engineered pieces will last longer and be a better investment in the long run.

• Consider upkeep when making your selections. Finishes such as stainless steel, brushed chrome and antique brass don’t show water marks as easily as some other metals.

• Research the brands you’re considering. Manufacturer websites are a good place to learn about warranties, design, durability and more.

If you’d like to learn more about new hardware for your kitchen or bathroom, give us a call at Panoply Interior Design and we’ll be glad to assist you.