Moving into a new home is always an exciting time but a new house can also feel impersonal at first. Of course once you get your own belongings moved in with you, a house begins to really feel like home. There are a few other things you can do to speed up the process of making your new place feel like home sweet home. Probably one of the easiest ways to add your own tastes is by changing the hardware. This includes things like door handles and cabinet knobs.
New kitchen and bath cabinet knobs can tend to be pretty generic. By changing them out with something of your own choosing you can begin adding your own signature to what might otherwise be an impersonal space. French country cabinet knobs will add a touch of old world charm and can make a home feel established and lived in while stainless cabinet handles will make a space appear modern. When changing the cabinet knobs or door handles it’s important to keep your over all kitchen design in mind. Most cabinet styles will allow for a wide variation in hardware but there are limitations. You probably won’t want to add stainless cabinet handles with obvious modern lines to white bead board country cabinets.
Make Your Front Door Hardware Say Welcome
Another place to make some changes is in your door hardware. Your front door can really make a statement with the right door handles and locksets. Consider painting your door a dark color and adding brass door hardware or try a white door with black wrought iron door handle, lockset and decorative knocker. You don’t want to forget your interior doors and these can be as plain or fancy as you want. Colored glass or marble door knobs can be a nice surprise. Just try to stick with one color and style for your interior door handles or your door hardware could end up just looking mismatched.
Maybe you haven’t actually moved but are planning some home renovations. If you’re installing custom cabinets this is a great place to show your creativity with the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls you choose. Or if you have stock cabinets, you know the hardware is usually nothing fancy so try upgrading to something that really represents your personal style. When it comes to home improvements, adding new cabinet knobs and door handles are an inexpensive way to add a big impact. You can completely change out the hardware in your kitchen and not spend a lot of money.
Replacing Your Hardware to Create Personal Spaces
Don’t forget the bathroom. Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply adding some home improvements the bath can prove to be a haven after a stressful day. So spend a little extra time and money making it your own. Stainless cabinet handles, drawer pulls and matching fixtures and towel rods can make your bathroom feel like a European spa. Go with oil rubbed bronze and you can create your own Grecian bath. Keep the same type of metal finish throughout, meaning if you have stainless steel shower head, faucets and towel bars you’ll want your cabinet knobs and door handles to match.
Home means many things to many people and whether you own your home or rent you can still make a personal statement by changing your hardware. Just remember if you rent to save the original cabinet knobs and door handles to put back when you move. So wherever you call home have fun with your hardware, get creative and show your style.