Today’s kitchens have become a central entertainment point in American homes. Small wonder, given the fact that open kitchen plans make preparing and sharing food and good times, all in one place, such a joy.
With the increased use of outdoor furniture as a gathering spot, it’s more important to give your kitchen the same personality as the rest of the house. Adding new kitchen cabinet hardware can do the trick, easily and relatively inexpensively. New kitchen cabinet hardware will not only give your kitchen an update, but with the right hardware, make it easier to access your cookware, dishes and flatware along with all your essential ingredients.
Thanks to the boom in the home improvement industry, there are literally thousands of choices out there, not only in local home improvement stores, but online as well. Choosing new kitchen cabinet hardware is easy, but there are some things you should know.
First, you want your new hardware to match the overall style and décor of your kitchen. For example, if you have shaker style cabinets, ones where the frame is raised around the outside of the cabinet face, your new kitchen cabinet hardware should be casual, country or perhaps French.
That said, there’s plenty of room for your personality to shine through in the hardware. One way is to select knobs, pulls, handles and other hardware that is themed. For instance, you can go with a lovely look of Tuscany, with its warm colors of terra cotta, yellow and gold. Or you can go with a crisp white and blue porcelain for all your new kitchen cabinet hardware.
If you really want to go all out with your new country kitchen hardware, consider making all the hardware have a decorative theme, such as seashells, starfish and other nautically inspired designs. Or go country with handles that are horseshoes with back plates of running horses.
Finally, you want to think about the finish of your new kitchen cabinet hardware. Again, there is an endless variety, from copper and brass to brushed stainless, nickel, wood or porcelain. You can also go with glass knobs and handles, giving your kitchen a turn of the century look.
One of the great things about all the choices out there is that you can try before you buy. In other words, you can buy several that you like, install them on your cabinets and live with them for a while.
Another good strategy is to shop online for new kitchen cabinet hardware. While the home improvement folks have a limited supply of hardware aimed at the mass market, online retailers can carry more unusual styles and a wider variety. Virtual shelves have their advantages. Another bonus is that you can use the built-in search engines to narrow your search. Since there can be literally thousands of choices, this is an added benefit.
Once you find ones you like, you can order a few and try them out, just as if you bought some at your neighborhood store. Find the ones you like, try them out, then place your complete order. This will also help you double check fit and comfort before you commit to changing out all your hardware.
The good news is that new hardware can be one of the easiest ways to give your kitchen an entirely new look. For very little money, certainly when compared to replacing the cabinets themselves, you may just find that changing out the hardware is all you need to do to turn a kitchen into entertainment central, a place for friends and family to gather, share good food and good times.