Door & Cabinet Hardware Lighting Design Tips

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Have you been looking for an easy and quick way to revamp the look of your kitchen and bath? Are you building a new home and looking for an added touch to complete your finished designs?  Whether you’re a weekend DIY warrior or starting completely from scratch, replacing your cabinet hardware can create an overall standout look!  If you’re ready to jump in and get started, Buehler Hardware at Gross Electric is your designer hardware destination!

Here are some ideas to consider when looking at cabinet hardware:

  • Are you replacing hardware for cabinets that are pre-drilled, or starting on brand new cabinets? New cabinets that have not yet been drilled give the installer a bit more freedom when it comes to selecting hardware.  You can use about any hole center measurement (the width between the screw placements) and any size pull or knob.  If you are replacing hardware in cabinets that are already drilled, make sure that the hole center measurements match.  Standard hole center measurements for pulls are 96 mm, 128 mm, 160 mm, 192 mm; while appliance and microwave pulls are typically 8” or 12”.  When picking out the size of the hardware, keep in mind the scale in relation to the size of your cabinets.

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  •  What is your cabinet style? This will help in determining the style of hardware you choose.  There are various styles such as Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary, and Modern.  This can be divided further into Arts and Crafts, Coastal, Shaker, Mediterranean, and more.  By keeping a continuous style, you create a design flow throughout the entire space.kitchen 27_cropped
  • What other finishes do you have in the space? If you have a lot of stainless steel appliances and your plumbing fixtures (faucet, etc) are nickel, you may want to continue the nickel finish in your hardware.  Although, it is not unusual to mix finishes in today’s eclectic designs.  Brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze have been the leading finishes for the past decade, but other finishes also include chrome and polished nickel.  Recently we have noticed a large demand for gold accessories like antique brass and copper.
  • What is your budget? When starting any project, it’s good to have an idea of what may fit in your allowance.  Cabinetry hardware can be produced in many ways, making the cost fluctuate. Most knobs and pulls are made from a single solid metal – brass, steel, iron, and bronze.  Some lines use zinc alloy where molding complexity requires it.  Other lines may carry specific looks like ceramic, granite, or crystal knobs and pulls that vary in price as well.
  • E14_0592Are you looking to be environmentally friendly? Many manufacturers like Du Verre and Top Knobs use products that are solid metal, making recycling easy and less energy-intensive.  Du Verre’s die cast hardware is precision engineered entirely from recycled aluminum. Using post-consumer recycled aluminum reduces the generation of air and water pollution by 95% and requires only 5% of the energy that would otherwise be used in production of new metals. In addition, manufacturing this way generates a small fraction of the greenhouse gases  normally expelled in this process.  Today, many factories are instructed to purchase recycled metal when possible and available. The percentage of recycled material varies by metal, product, production run, and factory.  Their catalogs, literature, brochures, etc. are also printed on certified recycled paper.  By specifying these items on certain projects, you are supporting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) objectives.

So what are you waiting for?  Visit Gross Electric’s showrooms in Toledo and Ann Arbor to browse Buehler Hardware’s huge selection of cabinet and door hardware, towel bars, and bath accessories!