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Design is in the Details: Hardware Decor

You wouldn’t wear $20 shoes with an expensive custom-tailored designer suit, would you? Putting inexpensive, mass-market hardware on your high-end custom cabinet finishes and decor is the home furnishing equivalent of cheap shoes with a nice suit — instead of completing the look, it ruins the illusion.

Unfortunately, more often than not, new builds feature discount hardware because all of the money goes into finishes like countertops and custom cabinetry. In the case of older homes, hardware often dates the look.

The good news, though, is that replacing hardware is a quick, easy, and economical way to upgrade your home decor. Whether you want to add your personal touch to a new build or give fresh life to an older home, swapping out handles, drawer pulls, hooks, and knobs is just the way to do it.

Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Crystal Are Timeless Classics

No matter what the style of your home decor, it’s hard to go wrong with aluminum, stainless steel, or crystal hardware. These timeless classics add a touch of elegance to any room in the home and come in a wide variety of shapes and textures.


Polished stainless steel or shiny aluminum adds a sleek finish to modern or contemporary surroundings. Crystal and coloured glass lend a slightly more old-fashioned look, perfect for Victorian, country, traditional, or art deco decor styles. Both tend toward plainer, more traditional shapes and styles — round knobs or elongated handles.

Even with traditional shapes and materials, though, there are plenty of options for your hardware. Knobs and handles range in size to fit drawers and cupboards both small and large. You don’t have to stop at new pulls for your kitchen cupboards. You can replace your stove and refrigerator door pulls, too. In the bathroom, look for matching accessories like shower bars, toilet paper dispensers, and towel rods. You can even swap out hardware on furniture pieces like entertainment centres, dressers, and jewellery boxes. A fairly eclectic mix of furniture can be turned into a cohesive suite with some paint and matching hardware.


Acrylic and Rubber Are Fun & Functional

If you’d like to add a bit of whimsy to your cabinets, cupboards, chests of drawers, or other furnishings, try rubber or acrylic hardware. These durable materials can be dyed a wide array of colours to provide a bit more pizzazz. They can also be combined with metal for a new twist on the traditional.

Again, shapes and sizes range from small round knobs the size of a quarter to large rectangular pulls the size of a book spine.

Don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to your hardware. After all, if it doesn’t work, it’s fairly simple and inexpensive to try again. If you aren’t comfortable doing it on your own then you should check out EiEiHome’s interior decorators.

By Emily Dockrill-Jones

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