Furniture Hardware

Functional finishing touches

Unlike some other small details that can go unnoticed, hardware for your doors, cupboards, drawers and furniture are functional items that people will notice as soon as they need to use them.

Hardware may end up at the bottom of your list when you're redecorating, but that doesn't mean it isn't important. In fact, functional hardware is one of the most crucial finishing touches. Once you add it, it means everything else is probably complete and you can start using your new furniture and fixtures!

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Many visitors may not notice your ceiling fan, but if you have a tacky pull on it, they're bound to take note. Ceiling fan pulls don't have to be plain and ugly, though. Fan pulls can be as simple as a metal chain with a ring, or they can be dressed up with charms shaped like anything from leaves to animals. They can even be topped off with a decorative stone or shell.

You can dress up rooms with storage the same way. Add flair to simple drawers with dresser pulls and garnish other storage items with bin pulls. You can find dresser knobs to suit any taste. Tie a themed kids room together with the perfect animal, character, boat, ship or other accessory to complete the look. For more mature rooms, you can select your material and then the shape. Drawer and shelf pulls don't have to be fancy, but they can be.

Similarly, you can find elaborate antique furniture hardware at flea market rummage bins and in high-end antique shops. You may have to settle for mismatched drawer knobs or bed hardware, but in some cases, that's just part of the charm!

Be sure to select styles that match your room design. For example, stainless steel hardware would not suit an antique carved wooden chest, so choose carefully. If you find a piece you love but it doesn't go with the room you're working on, ask yourself if it can work anywhere else in your house. Furniture hardware can be an inexpensive way to freshen up a room without completely redecorating. Or, it can inspire new ideas for your next decorating project!