Guest Post - Andrew Lisa
The evolution of furniture has had a greater impact on classic Western style than perhaps any medium other than art. Whether it's a showpiece for a room, part of a collection or a piece designed to make a profit at an auction, furniture is functional art that beautifies an interior while serving a purpose. Knowing the basics is key to identifying the finest pieces when you see them.
Whether functional, cosmetic or both, furniture hardware can complement the piece to which it is attached, serve as an accent piece or simply brighten up an otherwise dull cabinet, drawer, desk or door. From hinges to knobs to pulls to furniture feet, hardware offers an opportunity like no other to make something elegant out of something functional.
Here are some of the top styles for modern furniture hardware.
Different from doorknobs, which are lever-action mechanical devices, knobs and pulls found on cabinets and furniture are often the most functional and eye catching element of the entire piece. Ornate and decorative, birdcage pulls can be rustic and antique, sleek and modern, or anything in between.
Bearing the classic shape of standard fixed pulls, birdcage (Read More.....)
Amy D. Morris Interiors
It's amazing how strong the opinions are held by many people about the finer points of home interior design. Some won't consider a kitchen without granite counter tops. Others insist on crown molding in family rooms. There are even those whose aesthetic preferences eliminate homes that don't have hardwood floors throughout.
Another point of contention occurs in kitchens. There are those folks who feel very strongly about whether or not to paint kitchen cabinets. Is this something that should be avoided at all costs? Or is it a viable option for the modern homeowner?
Paint or Replace?
The answer largely depends on what the other options are. For example, if a person is weighing to paint his or her cabinets or replace them altogether, then painting should be considered. After all, if the cabinets themselves are structurally sound and operate perfectly, it's not usually wise to get rid of them simply because they don't look good. In this case, exploring different paint colors is preferable to ripping out properly-functioning (Read More.....)
Atlanta Homes Magazine
Buying new cabinetry for your home can be complicated and intimidating, especially if you've never done it before. You're probably worried about your inexperience showing through and being preyed upon by a commission-hungry salesperson. You're also worried that you won't know enough to make smart decisions and buy what you actually need for your remodel.
Luckily, there's a ton of information out there to help you put some of those fears to rest. You can start by learning the following lingo.
1-Piece Slab: A single piece of wood with little to no ornamentation (maybe some decorative designs carved near the edges but rarely anything more ornate). Sometimes these are called "solid wood" slabs. They are at a risk for warping over time, (Read More.....)
But the ad said "like new!"
The kitchen is where many of us spend the most time in our house, whether we are cooking meals or cleaning up afterward. Unfortunately, our kitchen cabinets age over time, leaving them in need of serious repair or a total makeover.
It's easy to tell when that time comes, with broken hardware, peeling paint, water stains, and broken shelves. Being proactive and keeping an eye open for problems can help prevent costly repairs in the future, and keep kitchen cabinets looking good.
Take a Look at the Exterior
One of the most efficient ways to determine if kitchen cabinets need a makeover is to simply take a look at the exterior. If there are signs of peeling paint, staining, chipped wood, (Read More.....)