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Finishing Touches: Hardware.

You have made all the selections for your new kitchen, the perfect layout, the just-right shade of white cabinets, a tile backsplash that is a stunner, and just one selection remains…the cabinet hardware. It may seem like such a small decision but the hardware can help tie together and solidify the style of the space.

Narrowing down a style is only half the battle. Finish plays just as important of a role in getting you the look you want.


Knobs vs. Pulls
The first step to selecting the right cabinet hardware is deciding what type of hardware you would like in the space. Most homeowners have a combination of knobs and pulls, but using all pulls is very popular trend that probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Pulls are the easiest to use on drawers from a handling standpoint as they are easier to grip than a knob. Knobs are better used on cabinet doors. Another important factor to considering when selecting the type of hardware is the correct size knob or pull needed for the doors and drawers. The hardware should be in correct proportion to the cabinetry.

Selecting the Finish of the Hardware
The finish of the cabinet hardware is another choice that will have to be made. Popular finishes are brushed nickel and chrome, with antique brass making a big comeback in the last few years. The great thing about cabinet hardware is that it doesn’t have to match the faucet and lighting in the space. Even though it doesn’t have to match, it should coordinate and compliment the other finishes.

Deciding the Style of Hardware
Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the cabinets and can enhance the room and the design style you are working to achieve. There are limitless options when it comes to hardware and by having a clear idea of the style of the room, it will help cut down the options to the ones that are perfect for your space. A popular cabinet hardware choice among our customers are the bar pulls. Bar pulls are usually found in more modern style spaces but also look great with our Shaker cabinets, giving a little twist to a more traditional door style. For those looking for a relaxed look, bin drawer pulls are an option. It adds just the right amount of casual to the cabinetry. You can also go a little more ornate, selecting hardware that has the extra oomph to it with more intricate detail.

Re-Blog. Original post from www.cabinets.com.

On Trend: 2020’s Top Kitchen Trends

This year’s kitchen design trends are made for the modern homeowner, boasting warm colors, stunning contemporary kitchen cabinets, and cutting edge kitchen features and appliances. In your upcoming kitchen remodel, try out some of these trends for 2020 that kitchen designers and admirers will be sure to love.

Open Space Kitchen Concept

Choosing open space kitchens, by integrating the kitchen and living room space, is becoming more and more popular. Modern kitchens are designed to facilitate an informal, interactive lifestyle where people can get together to entertain, socialize or work. An open kitchen concept can also make a small space or residential kitchen feel much larger. Tearing down walls is an easy way to trick the eye into thinking that you have got more square footage than you really do.

Classic Black and White Kitchens

This time-tested color scheme is back for the luxury buyer in 2020. Consider using this understated design pattern of black and white kitchen cabinets to make other details stand out, such as elegant kitchen appliances, your modern kitchen layout or a bold art piece. Consider swapping in a shade of gray for a less traditional look in your custom kitchen. If you are a fan of dark wood cabinets, be aware that modern kitchen design is moving away from the industrial style of the past five years and toward a more homey look. Add some extra coziness to your kitchen by selecting a specifically warm type of wood for your kitchen cabinets. Opt for a lighter kitchen countertop to balance out the overall color scheme.

Dark and Bold Kitchen Designs

If strong contrasts in your kitchen is not quite your style, and you are also not necessarily looking for a timeless, all-white kitchen, so often adorned by modernists and minimalists alike, there is another highly trending design option that may be relevant for you. Using dark and/or bold colors and designs in your kitchen is an ongoing big trend in 2020 that can be implemented in a variety of different ways. Splashes of color find their way into modern kitchen design in 2020 via accent walls, tiles or accessories such as vases and kitchenware. Another option is to add a darker finish to your kitchen cabinetry, such as dark wood veneer or to choose a bold countertop such as black granite. White will probably still stick around in parts of your kitchen though since after all, white or other light colors are essential to driving your home’s brightness and will, same as in past years, also remain popular in the future.

Mixed Kitchen Materials

Today’s kitchen designers are often creating a so-called “mixed” look for their clients by combining different materials and kitchen cabinet colors, hence breaking on purpose rules from the past decade. Pairing various kitchen materials and finishes together is a great way to add personality to your modern kitchen. This is especially effective for your kitchen countertops. A marble countertop with a wooden kitchen island, for example, can look beautiful when executed well and can create a touch of elegance in your kitchen space. Ask a kitchen designer about the kitchen materials that are trending in 2020, and which ones they recommend using for your particular space and needs.

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