Your hardware, such as cabinet door knobs and drawer pulls, speaks volumes about you. Sometimes referred to as the “jewelry of the kitchen,” you can enhance or even create a special look that is distinctly you.

If you’ve ever seen the movie, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, you’ll know what I mean by “frosting.” In the movie they’re talking about diamonds–“Whoa, would you check out her frosting?” Now, think of your hardware as the “frosting” for your kitchen. It’s the final element that gives it that WOW factor!

Hardware styles run the gamut from traditional to modernist, colors from subtle to vibrant and materials from wood and metal to porcelain and glass. And, unlike many of the choices in building new or remodeling, your hardware selections can really make a statement without blowing the budget. Whether you are emphasizing elegance, adding a fun color, or showcasing a sleek art deco design, the hardware you choose is the perfect finishing touch–or, “frosting.”

Get more design tips and ideas on our New Home Design Trends web page.

(photo courtesy Broan)

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