Design Details: Make the Most of Your Cabinet Pulls
Update Your Hardware for a Whole New Look
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In the larger picture of a kitchen or bath renovation, choosing cabinetry hardware can seem like a minute detail on a vast to-do list. However, don’t let this important decision get lost in the wayside; if we’ve learned one thing in the world of decor, it’s that great design is in the details. The right cabinet pulls can add an entirely new dimension to a space, if not at least an additional spark of visual interest. Whether a renovation is at hand or you’d simply like an easy-to-apply solution for a fresh take on your current cabinets or drawers, check out the following photos. Your cabinetry will never know what hit them.
Turning circles trying to make a decision? Develop a theme and carry it into your hardware. This clever usage of circular hardware completes the sophisticated, urban feel of this very chic bathroom.
Now this is some sleek hardware. These vertical pulls really accentuate the height of the ceiling, and the silver is a great contemporary complement to the richness of the cabinetry.
Who said knots are only for sailing? These nautical knobs add a playful touch to the space, not to mention great texture. You could really have some fun with these in a cottage or seaside home.
Spice up the appearance of your hardware by mixing and matching different types of pulls. Hardware is as much of a display piece as it is a functional necessity, so take advantage!
The square pulls in this shot are a great complement to the geometric sense of this cabinet display. They also mimic the backsplash tiling!
Liberate yourself from the standard and try something with an antique-y feel, like these decorative pulls. Have little ones running free? Toddlers have a harder time grasping this type of hardware — bingo for childproofing.
Design tip: You can never, ever go wrong with Lucite. It’s classic, chic, contemporary and traditional all in one punch. And Lucite against the dark finish of these drawers and bold accessories? Perfection.
There are always ways to create more visual interest with your hardware, like varying the direction for horizontal versus vertical cabinets. It’s super simple and can totally change the look.
Who needs one pull per drawer when you can have two? OK, functionally, probably not necessary, but aesthetically, it provides these drawers with an additional textural element.
I love the playfulness of these slanted pulls, and the way they reflect the hood above the range. This kitchen is definitely on a mission to maximize its contemporary vibe and the details are surely making it happen.
Have an antique piece sitting around that could use some help? Update the pulls! I love this vintage glass hardware with a hint of pink; the color and style against the green exudes a fun, eclectic feel that brings this piece to life.
This cabinet display is super cool on its own, and then the designer picked just the right hardware to emphasize the funky design. Does it remind anyone else of Tetris?
Sometimes a simple pull is just what the cabinets ordered. These silver balls are the perfect complement to the more complex countertop marble, and I bet they catch the reflection of that great light fixture too.
If your kitchen is lacking texture, find hardware that features some sort of pattern. You may not be able to notice it from afar, but anyone who goes searching through your drawers will be impressed by this little thoughtful detail!
I love how each of these pulls have slightly different elements, but all still carry a circular theme. It manages to create cohesion and variation all at once.
Ideabook published on April 13, 2011.
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