Go for ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed cabi­net door hard­ware

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TRAVIS

DEAR Deb­bie: We are re­plac­ing the cab­i­netry in our kitchen and bath­room and have been search­ing for han­dles and pulls that are a bit dif­fer­ent, and re­ally classy. Do we need to think about what’s in fashion right now? Should they have a matte or gloss fin­ish? We will only be ren­o­vat­ing once, so want to get it right. Thanks for your help.

— Carolann

Dear Carolann: There have been ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments in door hard­ware over the past few years, which means that you have lots of styles and ma­te­ri­als from which to choose.

You will find a good se­lec­tion at home and spe­cialty kitchen and bath stores, with a full range of ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes. Ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed han­dles, knobs and pulls are a splurge item, but their stun­ning ap­pear­ance is un­beat­able.

One of the most pop­u­lar picks to­day is nickel with a satin fin­ish. The colour of this metal is warm and rich, and com­ple­ments both nat­u­ral wood and white cab­i­netry.

Shiny chrome is a re­li­able clas­sic, easy to match up to ex­ist­ing hard­ware, and comes in sleek, con­tem­po­rary de­signs.

Bronze and brassy tones are more trendy, but worth a look if you en­joy their am­biance.

Han­dles are avail­able that show com­pos­ites, wood and even real leather com­bined with metal. Turn­style De­signs has a su­perb se­lec­tion of leather han­dles with vis­i­ble top stitch­ing in a range of colours from choco­late and tan to li­brary green and red.

I was struck by the unique ap­pear­ance of their leather strap han­dles, a lux­u­ri­ous ad­di­tion in ei­ther a kitchen or bath. The leather is pre-waxed and main­te­nance is sim­ply a pol­ish once a year or so. Leather only be­comes more beau­ti­ful with age and han­dling, soft­en­ing to the touch.

Dear Wendy: You have a few op­tions. A light to medium shade of grey will give you a cool, con­tem­po­rary mood. Keep the sheen quite flat for a more so­phis­ti­cated ap­pear­ance.

If you have a con­trast­ing colour in mind, try a plummy shade of aubergine or dark green, or for a com­plete change go lime green.

Ex­per­i­ment with one cabi­net door. You may want to change the wall colour to a shade of paint that com­ple­ments your new cabi­net colour.

Since you are tak­ing the time to paint the cab­i­nets, treat your­self to new han­dles. They are the new jew­elry of home de­sign.

Dear Deb­bie: I have a black and white kitchen with black ce­ramic floor, black coun­ter­top, black and white back­splash, white walls and white ap­pli­ances.

My ques­tion is what can I do about the tired-look­ing honey oak cab­i­nets? I’d like to paint them, but won­der about the colour.

— Wendy

Dear Deb­bie: The floor­ing in my small bath­room is one-inch ce­ramic tile. As the build­ing set­tled, nu­mer­ous small cracks have ap­peared. Since I do not want to take up the tiles, is there any way to cover the floor?

— Nanette

Dear Nanette: Small cracks will ap­pear on tile floors un­less the sub­floor is per­fectly solid, and there is no quick fix for this prob­lem. I do not rec­om­mend car­pet of any kind in a bath­room.

You could in­stall a new float­ing floor di­rectly on top of the mo­saic; there are many beau­ti­ful pat­terns avail­able that repli­cate the look of hard­wood, slate and cork.

Your lo­cal build­ing store will have all the in­for­ma­tion you re­quire, and these lam­i­nates are not ex­pen­sive.

Dis­tinc­tive rugged leather strap pulls for the draw­ers and doors in this kitchen are as durable as they are hand­some.

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