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Journal

April 19th

Bathroom Hardware

  1. Consider the finish of existing fixtures. The best look for a bathroom is matching or complementary hardware and fixtures. If you have a lot of chrome that you have no plans to replace, don’t choose gold handles for your cabinets. If you want to match the cabinet or décor, rather than other fixtures, you can look for painted or matching wood finishes.

  2. Consider the style or theme of the room. If you have modern cabinets, go for sleek metal finishes. French country styles look great with ceramic or wooden knobs. Whimsical décor allows you to choose knobs with painted patterns or handles in the shape of flowers, sea creatures, animals,  and more.

  3. Make note of the location of the knobs and handles. Ornate knobs can be pleasing to the eye, but not as fun when you bang your knee on them. Wall cabinets are usually not an issue, but in small spaces a protruding knob might catch on clothing or unsuspecting elbows. Bathroom visitors spend a lot of time in front of the sink, so make sure that vanity knobs and handles don’t present a hazard.

  4. Is the bathroom used by children? It’s best to choose smoother designs that they won’t be hurt by if they bump into them. Avoid ornate metal designs that they might get their little fingers stuck in.

  5. Remember the water and humidity in bathrooms. When selecting bathroom cabinet knobs, it’s best to choose ones with durable finishes that won’t tarnish or erode.

  6. If you want the fixtures to match your décor, bring paint samples and color swatches to the store, along with your handle measurements. If you’re considering blue handles for your blue cabinets, you want to make sure it’s the same blue. The same is true of wood tones. It’s much easier to match the items in the store, rather than waiting until you get home to discover you have the wrong shade.

  7. Consider price. Items available for immediate purchase in the store will generally be the least expensive option. Special order knobs will offer you a wider range of options, but will cost a lot more. Don’t forget about shipping charges when ordering on-line.