Always Shopping: Cabinet Hardware

We have kitchens on the brain! With five kitchen projects currently in progress, we’ve had lots of opportunity to highlight the unique features and styles of each our clients’ homes—ranging from traditional to modern, and somewhere in between. Kitchens are detail beasts! And cabinet hardware is not the last or least of these details. We’ve been shopping our eyeballs out for new and inspiring hardware and figured it’s time to share the wealth—including the kitchens that are blowing our minds, and specific hardware that we CANNOT get enough of! Read on for some tips on sprucing up your kitchen, just by switching out the hardware!

So many features come together to make a kitchen stop us dead in our tracks, but the seemingly small detail of hardware can make or break the space. It’s the jewelry of the room! And there are an overwhelming amount of decisions to make when it comes down to it. Some of these jaw dropping kitchens prove that the cabinet hardware was the inspiration for the entire space- with the cabinetry designed around the hardware selection.

So what are our tips and tricks for selecting and placing hardware, you ask? Read on!

Tip #1: We love using 3 styles of hardware throughout a kitchen. A knob, a pull, and a latch or a knob, a bin pull, and a rod pull, for example.

Tip #2: Choose a hardware finish that complements lighting and plumbing fixtures, but it doesn’t have to match! It’s a great way to mix metals, however all the hardware chosen should be the same finish.

Tip #3: There are visually pleasing ways to place hardware, but we say break all the “rules” you know! Be functional, but get creative!

Tip #4: If replacing hardware on your existing cabinets, consider the existing holes and either work with them, or cover them up with hardware that has a backplate.

Don't underestimate the power of hardware to balance out the style of your room, add character and take your space up a notch. Are you inspired, yet?!? We’ve compiled some of our favorite hardware pieces from our never ending search for pretty hardware below:

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Happy accessorizing! -d+e

repinned: light blue

Happy summer! Considering it's inappropriately hot outside everywhere in the US, we thought it a good time to discuss the cool tone that is light blue. We've been noticing it quite a bit in our pins lately and its comeback is in full swing. Blue has always been a lovely color but light blue can be especially intimidating considering its associations. How do you keep it from looking like a little boys room? Well, see below. We thought these were perfect examples of light blues used in ways that make us rethink all the things we ever thought about it. Sorry we labeled you, light blue! Turns out you're a striking shade when used unexpectedly. 

What exactly do we love about these pinspirations? Most of these blues have a subtle undertone, whether it's gray, green or violet. Mixed with the unexpected bold placement of matching the cabinets and the walls, or painting just the baseboard, trim and doors, or everything down to the window grid, you have the most un-baby blue room ever.  So we rounded up some of our favorite light blues in case you're inspired to go paint your powder room. (Don't forget the trim gets the glossy treatment!)

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before + after: CT mid-century ranch

Isn't this one hot gorgeous space? Wait until you see the befores. Rehabitat was a business idea that developed from Diane Schmunk Interior Design Services as a way for the two of us to work together (mother/daughter duo!), branch into new styles and locations, and offer our Rehab Boxes. But Diane still very much works through Diane Schmunk IDS and this is one of those projects. The transformation is unrecognizable because there was some serious construction and renovation that happened thanks to the clients' vision, High Street Designs and many, many others. Seeing the finished product is beyond exciting- read more about the design and see lots more photos here!