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Creative Ideas Underneath Your Cabinets

If there is one room in the home where it seems there is never enough space, it’s the kitchen. As homeowners, it’s important to be creative in finding ways to utilize space in the most optimal way. One overlooked opportunity for this is right under your nose – or rather, right under your kitchen cabinets. 

Most kitchen layouts incorporate upper cabinets with a sizeable space between the countertop, cooktop or sink below. By adding some of these accessories to your Denver custom cabinets, you will be rewarded with a much more user-friendly kitchen.

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Illuminate your counter workspace with LED lights, an alternative to florescent that’s both functional and beautiful. Placed in the right area, such as underneath upper cabinets, LED lighting makes food preparation and cooking a brighter experience. Add matching light rail to the bottom of your custom and semi-custom cabinets to hide wires.

Power Outlets

In addition to LED lighting, power strips can be added beneath your cabinets to include electrical outlets, portable device docks, speakers and USB chargers. Add a mount to hold your iPad or other tablet and access your favorite cooking shows and recipes with ease.

Jar Opener

At times it can be difficult to pry open a factory-sealed jar using only your hands. Mounting a jar opener beneath an upper cabinet will keep the device hidden from view and allow easy-access for quick opening of the toughest jars.

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If you have a bulky wooden knife block sitting on your counter, chances are its taking up precious counter space that could be better utilized for something else. Consider moving your sharp cutlery up and away by mounting a knife block to the underside of a cabinet. This will not only free up space but will help you avoid unnecessary injury when trying to find a knife in a drawer.

Stemware Rack

Having a nice set of wine glasses in the kitchen is a welcome addition for any wine connoisseur, especially when having guests over. Dealing with finding proper storage, however, and the occasional chips and breaks that may occur from being stored in too-cramped quarters, can be frustrating. A stemware rack mounted to the underside of an upper cabinet will give the glasses proper space. And, because the glasses hang upside down, air drying after a wash is a cinch. 

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Are you a cook who likes having your spice collection right at your fingertips? Adding an under cabinet spice rack will enable you to easily pick and choose exactly what you need, right at eye level. You can opt for an integrated drawer that will glide in and out or a strip of metal that can be used with magnetized spice containers.

Cookbook Stand

Attempting to prepare a meal while simultaneously reading instructions in a cookbook can be a tough juggle. To avoid losing your spot, or worse, getting messy ingredients on the pages, add a cookbook stand underneath your cabinets. 

Appliance Garage

A small cabinet added to the space between your upper cabinets and your countertop is a great resource for tucking away those small appliances, such as your toaster, blender, food processor, coffee maker or free-standing mixer. Equipped with a tambour door, a hinged door or a pull-down door that completely closes off the compartment, appliance garages help alleviate overly-cluttered countertops.

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You can never go wrong with adding more shelving. Whether free-standing against a wall or attached beneath your cabinetry, shelves offer additional storage and display opportunities. Include wicker baskets, pull-out cubbies, wire racks or other space-saving containers to provide storage for whatever you need.

Contact us for more information on how best to add optimal functionality under your cabinets while maintaining an organized and streamlined kitchen. 

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Going Urban: Achieving an Industrial Chic Kitchen Design

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Whether you live in Lower Downtown Denver in a converted loft or you simply appreciate the urban industrial look, there are many kitchen and bath design ideas that can help you achieve that aesthetic. According to an article by Forbes, the contemporary industrial look, including exposed brick walls, ceiling beams and metal air ducts, evolved from abandoned 19th and early 20th century factories being converted into creative living spaces.

When it comes to selecting kitchen cabinetry, countertops and décor, you can incorporate industrial design elements into your own kitchen remodel by following some of these suggestions. Clean lines, angular shapes and a touch of metal are must-haves when it comes to creating a space inspired by the urban, industrial vibes of a metropolis.

Streamlined cabinets

The more minimal your kitchen cabinets are, the better. Design with open space in mind and choose a slab, or flat front, door style that will keep a clean line. Go with a glossy acrylic, metal or an exotic wood, such as wenge or bamboo veneer. Custom cabinets with bright colors can add a striking contrast against the cold look of metal or concrete. Black, white, silver and gray with pops of red, orange and bright chartreuse are colors more often used in urban lofts than browns, muted greens, yellows and earth tones. Avoid the unnecessary decoration of cabinet knobs and handles by choosing a design that incorporates integrated pulls or magnetic touch options.        

Sleek countertops

Many industrial-style living spaces have concrete already integrated into the architecture, so choosing a concrete slab for your kitchen perimeter or island countertop would be a great match. Other good options are recycled glass with specks of color, engineered quartz and butcher block or repurposed lumber. Metal countertops, such as stainless steel, zinc, copper, pewter or bronze cast a definite urban glow and complement any industrial space. 

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Original floors

In turn-of-the-century factories, concrete floors were an integral part of the building design. In keeping with that industrial look, utilize the existing concrete for your flooring but polish or stain the material to give it a crisp, clean appearance. Use carefully-chosen throw rugs to soften the look and feel of the concrete in key places, such as the living room, bedroom and other areas of relaxation. Should you decide to install porcelain floors that resemble hardwood, make sure that the color complements your cabinetry choice.

Find a focal point

Creating a focal point will draw the eye in a particular direction of the room, offering both visual interest and cohesiveness. Finding the perfect light fixtures for your kitchen is one way to add that focal point element. From mesh-covered pendant lights to iron wall sconces, industrial-style lighting is fairly easy to obtain due to its current popularity. A section of exposed brick on one wall can also become a striking focal point in the kitchen, so don’t be quick to drywall over it. Keeping elements of the harsh materials used to construct an old building can add vintage personality and charm to an updated space.

When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, the style you choose should complement the overall look you want to achieve throughout your home. At BKC Kitchen & Bath, our kitchen experts can help design your kitchen for industrial chic, vintage, eclectic or any other style. For more kitchen and bath ideas, please contact us.

 

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Shades of Gray and Other Bathroom Design Trends

When planning a bathroom remodel, wouldn’t it be great if you had a crystal ball through which to see upcoming design trends? According to a recent article by The Huffington Post that cited the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s style report, the bathroom is expected to receive a major overhaul next year. It’s anticipated that homeowners will direct much of their remodeling budgets into their bathrooms, which have become spa-like retreats for people seeking a relaxing oasis in the home. 

Clean and contemporary

When choosing Denver bath cabinets for your Colorado home, it’s best to go for a clean and contemporary style, experts suggest. The coastal cottage look is out. For homeowners who like rustic charm, this look continues to be on-trend, so long as it leans more towards simplicity and cleaner lines with a contemporary bend.

Soaking tubs

One bathroom trend that is on its way out of fashion is the rain showerhead. Although many homeowners continue to love the look and feel of rain showers, kitchen and bath designers say that next year’s trend will highlight soaking tubs. Free-standing tubs, as opposed to those with shower surrounds, will be the preferred choice.

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Shades of gray

White, blue and beige continue to be popular color choices for bathroom remodels. However, the new year will bring with it varying shades of gray. Gray cabinets can give your bathroom a sophisticated and modern feel, while gray paint on your walls can make white cabinets pop. Add a splash of color with your bath accessories: towels, soap trays, toiletry containers.   

Quartz countertops

Although quartz has been one of the fastest-growing countertop materials in recent years, experts say it’s not yet become a huge player in the bathroom. With a wide range of colors to choose from, great durability and resistance to moisture, scratches and stains, quartz is well on its way to replacing granite as the favorite countertop choice for vanities.    

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Other trends that may change the way you think about your bathroom include sleek, black tiles or bold options instead of white subway tiles. In general, bathrooms are expected to be “moodier” as opposed to glamorous. When it comes to your own bathroom remodel, it’s all about your personal preference. Choose cabinetry, tile, paint colors, tubs, showers and countertops that not only make you feel good but also meet your practical needs for storage and daily rituals.

At BKC Kitchen & Bath, our design experts can help you fashion a bathroom that is on-trend and perfect for your individual style. For more information on our wide selection of cabinetry, countertops and accessories, please contact us.

 

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Here to Help: Kitchen and Bath Design Professionals

You may suspect it’s time for a remodel of your kitchen or bath when you recognize similar styles while watching a movie from the 80s, or when you realize there are so many chips in your countertops that you can no longer strategically hide them with dishes or towels.

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen or bath, many questions will arise on how best to go about the process. Kitchen and bath design professionals can help answer some of those questions, as well as guide you through the selection process.

Coming up with a budget

The first step to putting a kitchen or bath remodel plan together is to calculate what your budget will be. Kitchen and bath design professionals can help provide you with a general idea of the price ranges for custom and semi-custom cabinetry, countertop materials, cabinet hardware and installation costs. For structural or plumbing enhancements or changes, you may need to consult with a general contractor as well. In your budget planning, also consider costs for flooring, lighting, appliances and kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, sinks, toilets and tubs, if needed. Once you have a budget in place, you can better zero-in on which products, materials, designs, colors and accessories appeal to you the most.

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Thinking of your overall style

Most people choose cabinetry that fits into the overall style of their home. If you own a midcentury-modern Denver home, you may want sleek, modern-looking cabinets, or, if you own an older Victorian home, you may prefer decorative, traditional cabinets. People who live in a rustic ranch often opt for walnut, cherry or knotty alder cabinets with a natural finish. A design professional can help you evaluate various door styles, finishes, hinge types, drawer glides, knobs and pulls. Consider whether or not you want traditional framed cabinets or the smooth look of contemporary frameless cabinets. Let your designer draw up computer-generated renderings that will help you envision what the final results will look like.  

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Balancing function with beauty

Although the look of your cabinetry is important, function is also important. A design expert can help you select complementary countertops and backsplashes, as well as discuss with you how best to utilize your space. Pull-out drawers for pots and pans, designated compartments for recycling, special built-ins and spice racks, oversized drawers with organizers are just a few of the options that can help your kitchen function better.

Renovating your kitchen is a major investment in your home that can pay off in terms of personal enjoyment and potential resale value. At BKC Kitchen and Bath, we have a professional design staff ready to meet with you and provide a preliminary plan, design and cost estimate. We will assist you with as much of your new construction or remodel project as you desire and guarantee the best experience in the market. For more information, visit our Denver cabinet showroom or contact us.   

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Update Your Kitchen With Style

Cabinetry, countertops and accessories can give your Denver kitchen the rejuvenation it needs as well as a bit of character. According to an article by styleathome.com, stark and sterile all-white kitchens as well as the sleek but cold stainless steel look are yesterday’s news. For a stunning Denver kitchen remodel design, consider natural materials, black hardware and contemporary lighting. A kitchen should be clean and tidy as it’s the place where people prepare food, but it also needs to feel warm and cozy as it’s often the hub of the home where people gather and socialize.

Choosing Cabinetry

Incorporate open shelving in place of a solid wall of upper cabinets and choose base cabinets that have a bank of deep drawers instead of traditional shelves or open cupboard space. Don’t be afraid to choose cabinetry that contrasts in terms of style and color, mixing and matching lights and darks or adding a bright splash of color.  

Lighting up the space

Interior design experts suggest using sconce lighting in your kitchen. With fewer upper cabinets, there’s more space for decorative lighting, which can be in many different styles, depending on the look you’re going for. Some of the on-trend finishes include brass, iron and black.

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Making a splash

By choosing to add a solid slab of natural stone as backsplash instead of glass or porcelain tiles, you will make a noticeable design statement in your kitchen. Slabs of limestone or marble against open wall space will give the room an artistic, upscale look.

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Striking Gold

Aged gold and warm metals are becoming more popular as some homeowners desire something other than stainless steel. Brass, black or gold hardware such as pulls on cabinetry can look spectacular in a warm and earthy kitchen. Consider faucets in shades of iron, graphite or gold, as well.

Going Raw and Natural

Natural raw material such as exposed beams, tongue and groove ceilings and walls of brick veneer can bring a rustic look to your Denver kitchen. Natural elements such as wood floors and reclaimed wood for shelving or doors add to the warmth of a kitchen.

When taking on a total kitchen remodel, consult with design experts at BKC Kitchen & Bath. We have a wide selection of countertops, cabinetry and accessories for your Denver kitchen. For more Denver kitchen design tips, please contact us.

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Bath Cabinets With a Modern Splash

If you long to add a modern design statement in your home but fear having something that may be too stark or bold, the bathroom is a great place to express your creativity. Carefully chosen Denver bath cabinets can transform your bathroom into a perfect retreat, offering both function and personal artistic expression. 

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Frameless cabinetry

The type of cabinetry you choose can prominently reflect your style. European frameless cabinetry offers an unmistakable modern look. Built without a faceframe, this type of construction allows for larger drawers and interior storage, which can be essential in smaller quarters. Choose bamboo or other exotic wood veneer, or go with an acrylic foil that offers a clean, shiny exterior. Custom cabinets come in a wide variety of sizes, wood finishes and paint colors to match any design concept. Vertical bath cabinets can solve the problem of non-existent or minimal storage space, especially in a bathroom that has a floating vanity, as pictured above.  

Integrated hardware

For contemporary bath cabinetry, integrated handles and finger pulls are a great design addition. In place of bulky, ornate knobs or pulls, you can use a grip notch to open doors and drawers, or you can opt to have integrated stainless steel handles that will add an extra pop of design.

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Roll-out and tilt-out trays

From a practical perspective, everyone loves to have easy access to toothpaste, floss, cotton balls and lotions. Roll-out trays for towels, tilt-out trays for floss and other storage accessories are important for contemporary baths. Drawer dividers can help organize beauty products. Look for pull-outs with storage compartments designed specifically for hair dryers, hair brushes and curling irons. 

Countertops

Eco-friendly products tend to offer a sleek, modern look. By pairing your contemporary-style bath cabinets with durable countertops made from recycled glass, recycled paper products, recycled agricultural by-products or from quartz remnants, you will also be able to feel good about the environmental impact of your bathroom space.

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At BKC Kitchen & Bath, we have a variety of countertops, cabinetry and accessories for your bathroom, kitchen and other areas of the home. We’ve been in business in the Denver area for over 35 years. For more information about how we can turn your bathroom into your favorite room in the house, please contact us.

 

 

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2014 Home Builders Association CARE Award

Congratulations to BKC Kitchen and Bath designer, Mary Jenkins, who received a 2014 Home Builders Association of Metro Denver Colorado Award for Remodeling Excellence (CARE) for this whole house project, in partnership with Doug Walter Architects.

Denver custom cabinets by Crystal Cabinetry

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This classic white transitional-style kitchen features Crystal Cabinet Works Inc. The perimeter cabinetry is the French Villa Square door style in painted Frosty White with a Van Dyke Brown highlight. The island is also the French Villa Square door style, Premium Cherry with Blackstone finish.
 
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Entry/Mud room cabinetry is Crystal Cabinet Works, French Villa Square door style, Premium Cherry with Blackstone finish.
 
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The master bath features Crystal Cabinet Works Inc., Country Classic Square door style, Premium Cherry with Heartland Brown and Black glaze finish.
 
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The basement bar features Crystal Cabinet Works Inc., French Villa Square door style, Quarter-sawn White Oak with Blackstone and Black glaze finish.
 
 
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The Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence, known as the CARE awards, are the largest and longest running contest recognizing remodeling of all types, including both commercial and residential. Categories are numerous, and include kitchens, bathrooms, green building, and much more.

 
 
 
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Crystal Cabinet Works Inc. is a family-owned manufacturer of fine custom cabinetry that has been carrying on the tradition of handcrafted quality for over 60 years.
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Add a Pop of Color Inside Your Kitchen Cabinets

Adding a pop of color to your kitchen is a great way to spice up your living space without having to paint walls. If you desire a change of color in your current décor, consider adding a dash of color inside your Denver kitchen cabinetry. It’s a great way to show personality without overpowering the room with one solid color. 

Denver KitchenBright hues will be distinctly noticeable when placed inside glass-front cabinets surrounded by white framework. Choose a color that will match another feature in the room, such as a piece of furniture or artwork, to keep the space cohesive. If the color chosen doesn’t match anything, you can bring in complementary items, such as chair cushions, table runners, tablecloths, window treatments or small kitchen appliances in a similar color.

Another option is to incorporate frosted or textured glass into the cabinets, which will tone down a bright interior color yet add an additional layer of interest. Play with different shades and textures to achieve the look you want.

If you don’t desire white framed cabinets, look for a color that will balance out the interior color you choose. Because of the contrast, dark cabinet frames look great with bright interior colors. Again, be sure that the accent color you choose works well with your kitchen and home décor. Bold colors may require a bit of trial and error. Ask a professional about the best choices to match the outer cabinet color. 

denver custom cabinetsIf you choose cabinets that are solid and have no glass fronts, you can still have a colorful interior. Although it won’t be seen immediately, it will nevertheless be noticeable every time you open a door. You can balance it out by adding hardware with the same interior color or adding kitchen items. Dark or neutral solid cabinets are the best with a bright color interior. 

Sometimes, a color is purposely made the centerpiece or the main attraction in the room. If so, you can balance out the color with dishes or other kitchen items. For another design option, incorporate wallpaper or different patterns inside the cabinets instead of paint. Make sure that the items stored inside won’t interfere with the pattern. There are both removable and permanent wallpaper products to choose from, with many styles and designs available.  

Adding a pop of color or pattern inside your cabinetry can bring your kitchen alive and add an unexpected element to your design. For further information, tips and tricks on adding custom cabinets to your kitchen, contact us.

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Avoid Fads in Your Kitchen Design

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there is a difference between being “trendy” and being “on-trend.” It is true that doing a full kitchen remodel will give you the most return for your investment. However, if you focus all of your resources on designer fads, you could risk not recouping all that you invested if you plan to sell your home one day.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s survey 2014 Cost Vs. Value, a large high-end kitchen remodel could cost over $100k. Whatever the level of investment for your kitchen remodel, most homeowners hope to gain a finished product that will look fresh for as long as possible. However, trends that are hot today may be out of vogue in a year, making your kitchen look outdated before you’ve had a chance to break it in.

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Designing a kitchen with cats and dogs in mind is a nice idea if you are a pet owner, however it may not be the best choice for a new kitchen remodel. According to a press release from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, several kitchen designers who incorporated pet feeding stations, doggy faucets, pet beds and litter box cabinets reported pets either not liking or not using the special features. Keep in mind that, from a resale perspective, the future owners of your home may not have pets and therefore have no need for a doggy faucet or food station in the kitchen.

Pot Racks and Decorative Hoods

Although pot racks and decorative range hoods have been focal points in the kitchen for years, experts are now suggesting steering away from them in your remodel design. Despite being convenient, hanging pots can clutter up the look of your kitchen very quickly and also collect dust if not wiped frequently. The same is true for decorative hoods; venting your cooktop is an important feature, however, a large ornate hood can quickly fill up the room and become overly bulky. Instead, go with under-cabinet venting or a slim, streamlined hood. Add glass or ceramic backsplash tiles above your cooktop and cover the entire wall rather than just the standard 4 or 6-inch backsplash of the past. Choose neutral or complementing colors to ensure a cohesive look.

Granite Countertops

For the last decade, granite has been the most desired material for kitchen countertops due to its durability, glossy sheen and natural formation. According to an article by Building Design and Construction, 70 percent of kitchen designers recently surveyed said that quartz countertops are rapidly becoming more on-trend. Engineered quartz is both super hard and low maintenance and the palette of colors is vast. BKC’s Guide to Non-Granite Countertops offers a comprehensive overview of alternate countertop materials.

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When it comes to choosing cabinet material, it is recommended to steer clear of oak, hickory and pine, unless you’re specifically going for a rustic cabin or beach house look. These three wood species tend to have too much grain texture, not enough sophistication and an outdated feel about them. The most popular choice for cabinetry continues to be cherry, with maple and alder following close behind. However, on a steady rise in popularity is walnut.  Rich in both color and texture, walnut is a great choice for either classic or contemporary design. If you’re not interested in an entire kitchen of dark cabinets, consider a walnut slab for your island or hutch countertop; it can be a beautiful contrast next to light or white cabinets.

Remember that when creating your kitchen remodel, it’s good to design a plan that will not only meet your personal style but will also keep a sense of timelessness. For help in selecting custom or semi-custom cabinetry for your Denver dream kitchen, contact us.

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Knobs and Pulls: Deciding on Distinctive Cabinet Hardware

Whether you’re looking for a small way to update your kitchen and bath, or you plan to do a total remodel, picking the right cabinet hardware is an integral part of the design process. Although simple knobs and pulls may seem too insignificant for anyone to notice, the small touches of décor can really make an impact in your home. From ornate to simple, metal to glass, the cabinet hardware you choose will help put the perfect finishing touches in your kitchen and bath.

So how do you choose the right cabinet hardware for your project? Consider the overall look you wish to achieve and find knobs and pulls that will best complement that style. Here are some design options that might help point you in the right direction:

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If you have a contemporary-style home with sleek, frameless cabinets, consider rectangular pulls in stainless steel, or choose square glass knobs to add a touch of sophistication. This metal and glass knob by Richelieu offers a great contemporary element, perfect for high-gloss or textured laminate cabinetry.

 

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If the style of your home represents classic Arts and Crafts and includes rich wood built-ins, shelves and cabinetry, look for decorative hardware that is solid bronze or iron. The Breckenridge Collection from Schaub and Company offers an array of hammered knobs and pulls sure to complement any Arts and Crafts home.

 

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Country Cottage

If your décor evokes a country or cottage charm, choose cabinet hardware that will enhance that ambrosial feel. Look for pulls and knobs that include a filigree pattern etched into weathered nickel, such as the Inspirations Collection by Amerock, or incorporate porcelain knobs painted with colorful floral accents.  

 

Traditional

cup1For a more traditional kitchen that showcases solid wood or painted cabinets, complementary hardware can come in a variety of finishes, from brass to chrome to oil rubbed bronze. The American Classica Collection from Berenson Hardware offers a wide variety of handles, cup pulls and knobs in many styles and finishes.

 

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With the surge in retro and mid-century modern popularity, adding a kitchen that includes flat-panel cabinetry, chrome accents and Formica countertops is sure to bring the old-is-new-again style right to your home. A lot of fun cabinet hardware is available, including these Boomerang pulls by Rejuvenation. Look for modern, swoopy shapes in polished chrome.  

       

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If your home encompasses a mix of styles that can’t easily be defined, keeping your cabinet hardware less decorative and more functional may be the way to go. A simple satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze pull, such as from the Somerset Collection by Top Knobs, will complement almost any décor and add a touch of flair without being too flashy.

 

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For the homeowner who wishes to make a bold statement with design details, incorporating cabinet hardware that has unique shape, color and shine will make your cabinetry pop. Although these jazzy pieces may seem a little more challenging to find, you will be amazed at the variety of styles out there. This 32mm pull from the Skyevale Collection by Schaub and Company is made from satin nickel and glass crystals, sure to dazzle any kitchen or bath.   

Cabinet pulls, handles and knobs are not only stylish but also practical. Updated hardware in your kitchen and baths can change or enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Contact us to learn more about cabinet styles and the hardware that best suits them.

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