Choosing Home Hardware Finishes

Friday, Jul 18 2014

You might already have a basic idea of what you want your home hardware to look like, but with so many different types of finishes, it can still be a hard decision. There are so many great colors and textures to choose from — oil rubbed bronze, wrought iron, distressed nickel and so many more —  where do you start? Beside the shape and general style of your cabinet pulls, handles and other bits and pieces of hardware, the finish can make a huge impact on the overall look of the room. There really are no hard and fast rules to matching up the hardware finish to the colors of the light sconces, per se, but there are some very general guidelines to help you. If you are having a hard time choosing, this guide might turn on some lightbulbs to help you find the best home hardware for your

The Charm of Ceramic Accents in Home Hardware

Friday, Jul 18 2014

Ceramic cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls are a nice break from the metal finishes you expect to see in home hardware. There are also extremely versatile, and can come in all sorts of colors and designs. If you want a fun and unexpected pop of color and add more personality to your kitchen or bathroom, you can take a look at all the ceramic home hardware we have to offer. There are hundreds of design possibilities when it comes to ceramic knobs and pulls, as well as other types of home hardware and accessories. The ceramic part of the knob could be just an accent or design focal point, or it could comprise the entire shape of the piece. The Richelieu Classic knob featured above, has a beautiful “cracked” design to make it look old fashioned and to give it some character. Of course, it isn’t actually cracked, that’s just the design of the

Choosing Switch Plates

Friday, Jul 18 2014

When choosing decorative home hardware, many people don’t even think about their switch plates. Most of the time, we just accept the plain switch plate that came with the house or apartment, or grab a plain white or beige switch plate at the store to cover the otherwise unsightly holes in the walls. Why not go for a beautiful switch plate that matches the other hardware in the room? You never know what designs you could find in the way of switch plates, that could match your towel bars, cabinet knobs, or even the door stops. Featured:  Liberty Hardware Paisley Double Duplex Wall Plate You’ll even be able to find a specific color, finish or style in the type of switch plate that you need. So you need a combination switch plate that includes a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet and a toggle light switch, but you need an antiqued look that will go with your antiqued brass cabinet knobs

Hungry for Hardware; Happy Knobsgiving!

Friday, Jul 18 2014

A crisp chill in the air, loved ones traveling near and far, and the rapidly emptying grocery store shelves, there a hints of the season all around us; why not add some to your kitchen decor or bathroom decor!? You’d need more than one sitting to scarf your way through all the fall themed knobs and pulls we have in stock. So we’ve carved off a few of the choicest bites, to keep your cabinets as festive as your plate. Sit back, loosen your belt and enjoy this heaping helping of Thanksgiving themed cabinet hardware!   This bountiful bird had to be the first on our list. A Thanksgiving gathering is barely complete without a mention of the traditional fowl. You’ve probably had images of a succulent brown turkey passing through your mind all month; why not have them on your cabinets too? If you eat turkey on the big

Cabinet Hardware Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, Jul 18 2014

Here are some frequently asked questions, asked mainly by those who are interested in purchasing some cabinet knobs, pulls, hinges or other types of cabinet hardware from our online store. We’ve collected them all here for your convenience, so you won’t have to wait for a reply! There are also links to some of our previous blog posts that touch on these topics and will help answer your questions. Featured:  Rusticware Satin Nickel 1 1/4 Inch Classic Knob Why do some finishes not match from one brand to another? It’s true that finishes will not be uniform from one brand to another. The shade of polished chrome from one brand might be slightly lighter or darker, when compared next to a polished chrome cabinet pull from another brand. The best way to make sure your cabinet hardware matches, is to purchase them all from the same brand.   Alno Creations Rustic Drop Pull Antique Bronze Aw918-Abrz How can I narrow down my search for cabinet hardware?

Brass vs. Zinc

Friday, Jul 18 2014

BRASS VS. ZINC Cabinet Knobs and Cabinet Pulls – What’s the difference and which is right for me? Two common metals you’ll find when shopping for decorative hardware are zinc and brass. You might not notice a difference by just looking at it, but if you pick it up, you’ll find the brass is heavier, more solid and more expensive than the cabinet hardware made from the zinc alloy. You will find too that brass cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls, which is approximately 67% copper and 33% zinc is 20%-80% more expensive than a comparable piece of zinc die cast hardware, due in part to the price of copper. But does that make it better for you? Not necessarily. The vast majority of cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls on the market today are manufactured from die-cast zinc, but there are great selections of cabinet hardware manufactured from solid brass. We automatically think

How to Properly Clean Hardware

Friday, Jul 18 2014

Different metals and finishes must be treated differently when they start to show signs of age or grime. You want your home hardware to look as good as the day you brought it home for years to come, so you have to clean them properly.  For example, some can be cleaned with any type of household cleaner, while others need something mild, and while others need something altogether different. Here are some of the more sensitive finishes and how to keep them looking nice. Iron Wrought Iron — Even though wrought iron is an iron alloy, it’s still prone to rust and degradation over time. Soak your wrought iron hardware in warm water along with a mild dish soap for about 30 minutes. Brush it with a soft plastic brush to remove grime and the beginnings of rust. Rinse it well and dry it thoroughly with a soft towel. Bronze Oil

The Classic and Versatile Look of Bronze

Friday, Jul 18 2014

Bronze — it’s classic and beautiful, but with some tweaks, it can become rustic and rough. There are many types of bronze finishes, from Mediterranean or Venetian Bronze, to Aged or Oil Rubbed Bronze , to the high shine of polished bronze, and many more. The type of bronze finish you choose relies solely on the theme or aesthetic you’re going for in your home. It should be mentioned that even though a certain type of bronze has the same name, it might not always look the same from brand to brand. For example, an Amerock pull in natural bronze is a different shade than the Classic Brass pull in natural bronze (pictured below). One type of bronze finish with an extremely varied look to it, is oil rubbed bronze. Oil rubbed bronze has an overall rich look and feel, but the Amerock Kane Knob has a worn look, that the Rusticware Circle Knob does not. Amerock Inspirations Oversized Knob This is the reason why it’s important to select all of your home hardware from

To Knob or To Pull

Friday, Jul 18 2014

The Knob Deco Team is excited to kick off our new blog spot,“To Knob or to Pull.”In this forum, we will keeping you up to date on cabinet hardware industry trends, new products, common knobs and pulls questions, www.knobdeco.com updates, and more! You are encouraged to interact with this site by posting replies, comments, and questions. In our first blog post, we will attempt to answer one of the most vexing questions in our industry,“to knob or to pull?”You are not alone in struggling to answer this question. It has challenged home owners, cabinet makers, and designers for well over 100 years. The simplicity, yet complexity of the proposition put it same league of great philosophical questions such aswhich came first, the chicken or the egg. With over 14,000 cabinet pulls  and 13,000 cabinet knobs  on our site, we can’t discriminate against either category… So, the best answer is, “it depends on the customer.” Some of the

Cabinet Hardware Themes

Friday, Jul 18 2014

Cabinet Hardware Themes: What style cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls Define you? Whether you are upgrading your current suburban home with cabinet knobs or styling out your new urban condo with cabinet pulls, you will face the question:What cabinet hardware theme defines you? Don’t worry, here at Knob Deco we understand the excitement and challenges that go along with answering the question. There are thousands of different cabinet hardware knobs and cabinet pulls available on the market today and filtering through them all can be a headache. Isn’t shopping online supposed to be easy? Below is a list of a few popular themes we see from our Knob Deco customers each day. TraditionalThere is nothing boring or cliché about traditional cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls . In fact, here at Knob Deco some of our favorite cabinet pieces we sell are of the traditional variety. Traditional cabinet hardware pieces provide a clean, warm feel to your

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