Home is where the heart is – and also where your creativity comes to life. There are different ways you can include accents in your home to elevate its style. Everything from your furniture, artwork, color palettes and flooring play a part in your home’s unique style, but what about hardware – the often looked- over accent that can truly transform a home from dull to trendy.
You probably don’t pay much attention to the hardware in your home, but think about where it’s located – in your kitchen, bathrooms, living room, dining rooms – everywhere. While it may seem like a small thing compared to shag rugs, marble flooring and state-of-the-art appliances, hardware has as much power and effect as anything else. If you have dull hardware, your home isn’t living up to its potential, and while it may be difficult and expensive to remodel entire rooms, hardware upgrades can go a long way and are a step in the right direction. Update your hardware, and elevate your home instantly. It’s easy and affordable, so why not? Check out the following six ways you can incorporate unique hardware in your home.
Cabinet and Drawer Pulls or Handles
Pulls and handles are attached to the front of the cabinet door or drawer with two or more screws, so it’s simple to install new ones. You will need to measure more carefully since there are multiple screw holes, but with patience and preparation, it can be done yourself. Since the kitchen is the heart of your home, you should start hardware upgrades there, then move on to bathrooms.
Try out a dark bronze drawer pull, which works with many colors. Textured pulls also add a nice touch because they provide better grip and a unique look. Add glamour to your home, and install gemstone pulls. Choose from a variety of crystals that match the decor and look of the room. This is also a great option to instantly upgrade any pieces of furniture which may seem dull or outdated.
The combination of hardware styles is also growing in popularity, so don’t be afraid to mix knobs and pulls – if they work well together. Another unique option is strap leather or hand-stitched leather – great for a boy’s room or home office. Add instant warmth and dimension with this look. You can also incorporate it with other matching leather pieces in your dining room.
There are so many kinds of knobs available – nearly anything you think of. They are the most simple and basic kind of cabinet hardware to install because they only use a single screw to attach the knob to the front of a drawer or cabinet door.
In addition to common knobs made of zinc, bronze, brass and stainless steel, consider unique knobs like an animal shaped one for your office or kid’s rooms or black and white checkered knobs that can be used to spruce up any space. Install a gold bow-tie knob in your closets or cabinetry in your bathroom for a more feminine feel. For the most basic option, go with solid brass knobs that are the most durable and high-quality option.
Take it a step further, and install crystal knobs for instant glamour and positive vibes. Different crystals mean different things, so carefully choose the best crystal for your home.
You don’t have to stuff your coats into a closet in the foyer. Set up a classic coat rack in your entryway for guests. Choose a sleek and modern piece that is also functional for hanging purses, jackets, coats and even keys. Repurpose an old coat rack, and add your own updated hardware to it.
Bathrooms are usually very small, so dull hardware stands out. If your faucet is rusty and discolored, it’s time to get a new one. Choose something decorative to dress up your vanity and draw the attention away from the toilet and to your new hardware. Make sure you choose based on fashion and function. If you’re faucet is too big or small and doesn’t fit the vanity properly, no matter how nice it is, it will look awkward and possibly fail to serve its purpose.
These little things are especially easy to forget about, but they also get worn down quicker than most hardware because people are constantly touching them to turn lights on and off. Switch out boring white wall plates for bronze ones that will definitely stand out in a good way on any wall, especially an all-white one. They will also stay cleaner than all white hardware. If you’re feeling edgy, go for a metallic wall plate or black for contrast.
Your Front Door
Don’t forget the exterior of your home when it comes to hardware upgrades. Especially your front door handle and knocker. Remember, the outside of your home is the first thing people see, so make a good impression and choose hardware that makes a statement. If the outside of your home is modern, stick with a modern piece. If you have a country home, stick to that look. Make sure your outside hardware matches the look of your exterior as a whole.
Give your home an instant face-lift when you upgrade its hardware. Start with the busiest parts of your home, then make your way to guest rooms, guest bathrooms and other less prominent areas of your home. The kitchen and baths are usually the most important rooms in a home when it comes to resale value, so focus there. Update knobs, handles, hooks and kitchen cabinet pulls. You won’t regret it when you boost your home value overnight.
About the Author:
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!