Handsome Hardware Adds Unique Flair to Wood Furniture

Wooden furniture and cabinetry is both classic and classy, whether you're talking individual pieces or built-ins. A decor trend we've been seeing around lately is adding carefully chosen hardware -- boldly dramatic or sweetly whimsical -- to up the edge on everything from kitchen cabinets to armoires and end tables. Here are a few ideas which are sure to inspire you, but remember ... the only real rule to finding the "right" drawer pulls and door handles is to select what suits your personal taste.

Decoupage Floral Cupboard Knob is in Search of the Right Home

Photo: Stephanie Amson/flickrHere's a dainty cupboard knob looking for a place to perch. It's one of a set, each decorated with floral decoupage (cut out paper) and a blue rhinestone center. This hardware would make a softly feminine accent for the drawer of a vanity table ... or a grace note for custom cabinetwork anywhere in your home.

Fire Engine Red Handles Punch up Kitchen Cabinets

Photo: Kendyl Young/flickrPunch up a serviceable but blah kitchen with a few tiny (and cheap!) touches. This space was tweaked by a home stager to prepare it for potential sale, but it will work just as well if you are planning to stay put. Just add warm red cabinet handles and a few simple coordinating accessories to draw the eye and make the kitchen memorable.

Pantry Handles Go Glitzy

Photo: Yvette Ilagan/flickrNo need even to change the original handles to update these pantry doors. The hardware was in perfectly good condition, and an interestingly ornate style to boot. When the cabinetry was repainted, the handles were refreshed with a quick coat of glitzy gold paint.

Homemade Lego Dresser Pulls Are Way Cool

Photo: Nathanael Burton/flickrAnd the winner is ……! Which ones would your kids choose for their room -- the plain white knobs or the cooler than cool drawer pulls made of snapped and glued together Lego construction pieces? Do we even have to ask?

Unmatched Armoire Hardware Dares to Be Different

Photo: AllenSkyy/flickrWho says cabinet hardware has to match? Express your individuality. Contrasting hardware gives extra interest to a wooden bedroom armoire. Use just two distinctive knob styles or make every single one unique.

Softball Drawer Knob Shows the Love

Photo: Roger DeWitt/flickrGo, Tigers! Enthusiastic baseball fans -- and anyone with a quirky sense of humor -- will enjoy this softball drawer knob, fashioned from an "official ball of the minor league" by an ardent Detroit aficionado.

Bold Pewter Hinges Are the Perfect Fit for a Wood-Burned Wardrobe

Photo: lkonstanski/flickrHinges usually fade into the background on wood cabinetry pieces, but here they play an important supporting role. Bold pewter-look hinges beautifully complement the folk-art style of this strikingly handsome wood-burned wardrobe.

Nightstand Hardware Embodies a Turtle Theme

Photo: Sue Slick/flickr"Turtles galore" is the theme of a bright and lighthearted nightstand. An aquatic chorus line of freeform hand painted terrapins slowly swim across its lower levels, while a pair of metallic tortoises serve to open the drawer on top.

Antique "Key" Handles Accent a Shabby Sweet Highboard

Photo: DELIFE Deluxe Lifestyle/flickr(crop)How do you find the perfect finishing touch for a sweetly shabby highboard? Highlight its pastel patchwork paint job using dramatic drawer and door handles with the look of antique brass keys.

Laura Firszt writes for networx.com.

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