Surprisingly, cabinet hardware is an easily overlooked feature in your bathroom or kitchen that for a little effort and a few bucks, it adds a lot of personality and character to the room instantly (see my earlier story about http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/21/6-quick-and-easy-tips-for-a-budget-kitchen-makeover/). The sky is the limit when it comes to choices and prices in cabinet hardware. You can find a decent variety off the shelf at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, but you can custom order something fancier or look online at some sources below. You should easily be able to find a stylish knob or pull off the shelf for $2-5 each.
Looks are everything
A good place to start would be the style you are trying to achieve first. Contemporary, traditional, Tuscan, retro? Are there design elements in the room already that you can highlight? Something simple is always best if you are feeling indecisive about the style you want.
Next, think about the finish you want. Choose a finish that matches the other metal elements in your room. A good place to start is to look at your faucet in the room and the next would be the metal trims on your area light fixtures. For example, if you have an oil rubbed bronze faucet, you might want to stick with an oil rubbed bronze handle. The exception to this in my opinion is brushed satin nickel mixed with chrome or either nickel or chrome mixed with a black knob.
If you are trying to replace outdated cabinet hardware it is a good idea to try to find a replacement that is the same width between the screws. That way, you can reuse the existing holes in the cabinets. Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure the distance between the two holes. Most hardware comes in standard sizes. The larger the size, usually the larger the price as well.
All of the choices can make someone feel overwhelmed, but try not to be. If you fall in love with the grape cluster knobs, get them, but unless you are planning to spend a mint on the knobs, try to remember the good rule of thumb “whats the worst thing that can happen from my decision?” A knob replacement is nominal later down the road if you fall out of love with your selection, unless you spent a lot of money on them. In the end, if you still feel intimidated by the decision, less is always more.
I’ll be showing you how to install cabinet hardware next!
Here are a few great places to start your selection process:
My friends at http://www.handyguyspodcast.com recommend getting a catalog from here https://www.leevalley.com/home/CatalogSelect.aspx?c=2