Cabinet hardware takes up minimal space, but it contributes significantly to overall aesthetic. It can be difficult to choose from the wide range of options on the market, but a few considerations can help homeowners narrow down their selections and make the perfect choice for their taste, budget, and design goals.
The Basics: Knob or Pull
It’s important to identify an ideal hardware type. Homeowners should consider their preferred look and feel: knobs, pulls, or a combination of both. A combination is the most popular choice, but many recent trends feature all pulls. Knobs are most popular for doors, but they can be used anywhere. Both knobs and pulls are available in varying sizes to accommodate design preferences.
The Style: Design Theme
Cabinet hardware should blend with the overall style of the kitchen or bathroom. The goal is accessories that complement, not clash. Some common design styles include:
- Traditional: Decorative, ornate, vintage
- Contemporary: Simple, linear, sleek
- Shaker: A versatile look that can be classic, retro, or modern
- Rustic: Rugged, naturalistic, distressed
The Finish: Materials and Details
Most cabinet hardware is metal, particularly stainless steel, brass, bronze, pewter, or nickel. Bronze and brass tend to provide the most durability, while stainless steel is one of the most popular choices due to its clean, minimalistic look. Metal finishes include polished/chrome (shiny), antique (aged), and oil rubbed/black (dark). Materials such as glass, rhinestone, or repurposed items can add distinct character; however, plastic and clear acrylic are low maintenance and budget friendly. The perfect cabinet hardware starts with the perfect cabinets. At Miller Surface Gallery, we offer high-quality custom cabinets, countertops, and flooring throughout the Savannah, GA area. We pride ourselves on our award-winning service and products and will work closely with you to complete your projects in an efficient, convenient manner. Call us today at (912) 341-0435 and we’ll provide a free estimate!
Designing or remodeling a kitchen involves many decisions, from determining a functional layout to choosing the countertops, cabinets, flooring, and appliances that fit the homeowner’s lifestyle. However, families have unique needs, so they should consider following these tips to create a stylish, yet practical, family-friendly kitchen.
Open It Up
No one wants to be confined to one room while the rest of the family is gathered across the house. A kitchen that merges with the adjacent living area gives an open, airy feel. An open floor plan also lets the chef be part of the action by allowing plenty of room for the family and guests to mingle and socialize nearby.
Embrace the Island Life
Islands were built for open floor plans, and they have so much potential! In fact, two islands are usually better than one, if space allows. The island closest to the cooktop should be reserved for food prep, while the other can be used as homework central or a casual eating area. Islands also provide tons of additional cabinet space—and room for another sink, for those feeling ambitious—enhancing their practical and functional value.
Choose Countertops Wisely
Families with energetic children (and what kids aren’t bounding with energy?) or who entertain frequently should put special consideration into their countertops. Specifically, they should look for something durable, resistant to fingerprints, and easy to clean. Granite and quartz are great options; they’re durable and resistant to stains and scratches.
Utilize Walk-in Storage
Large pantries aren’t just a luxury for big families—they’re a necessity. Walk-in storage gives every grocery, paper good, and cleaning supply a home of its own. This makes it easier to take inventory of what’s on hand, and the kids will always be able to find what they’re looking for. Another advantage of a walk-in pantry is the amount of cabinet and countertop space the additional storage opens up.
Start Visualizing Your Family-friendly Kitchen
Whether you’re building a new home or updating your existing kitchen, Miller Surface Gallery has everything you need for a family-friendly cooking and gathering area. We carry countertops built to withstand scratches and spills, custom cabinets to suit your layout, and flooring that ties it all together. Learn why you should work with us , and then call Miller Surface Gallery at (912) 341-0435 for a free estimate!