Selecting drawer knobs and pulls
Have you ever reached for a drawer and been struck either by how well the knobs match the décor or by how poorly they do? We notice drawer handles because we use them. Anything we put our hands on registers with us visually and texturally, which is why it is so important that you select the perfect drawer knob for every piece of furniture in a newly designed room.
In a home office, you will likely want to keep your drawer pulls fairly simple, especially if you have an impressive office desk or bookshelf. These are the main pieces in the room, and you do not want to draw attention away from them with trivial details.
On the other hand, drawer handles in bedrooms can add a little extra fun. Kids drawer pulls in particular can be wacky and crazy. You can find plastic drawer pulls shaped like many cartoon characters, basic shapes (stars, squares, triangles, circles), animals or other common kids themes, such as spaceships, fire trucks, princesses and ballerinas. Molded knobs will likely be best for children's rooms, since they won't have any dangling pieces that can be broken off.
Drawer pulls work well in many types of bedrooms, from antique to country to modern. They are available in a variety of materials, like plastic, metal and wood, but you can also find pulls with stones or charms on the end. If you can't find a drawer pull in the perfect shape, ask your local hardware store if it is possible to buy pull bases so that you can attach your own pull to a loop or hook.
Adorn your country kitchen cabinets with simple wooden drawer knobs. You can purchase bare wood knobs at most craft and hardware stores, then paint or stain them yourself to match or complement your wall color.
Antique drawer pulls look beautiful on rescued and reclaimed furniture, but not on newer items. The older the furniture, the more appropriate it is to use antique accessories. Base your hardware on the amount of wear and tear on the furniture and match it accordingly.
In the bathroom, most people find a drawer handle is easier than a drawer pull when they are fumbling around trying to get out the door in the morning. Drawer handles in stainless steel work well in the bathroom because they can be cleaned easily and steam will not damage them.
Decorative drawer knobs and pulls will tie together any room and complete your vision, so choose carefully!