The finishing pieces: Hardware and Accessories
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
Hardware and accessories are like the jewelry to an outfit. They're the finishing pieces that pull an ensemble together. You can be bold and make a statement by mix-matching colors and styles, you can be trendy and stay in sync with the latest themes, or you can keep it traditional and have everything match. These little details can often be missed or left as an after-thought, though. Here we will discuss different hardware options and accessories to help you liven up your room.
Different rooms require different accessories. Kitchens usually have cooking accessories like blenders, coffee machines, microwaves, etc. It's common to forget about some of the more hardwired-in accessories, though, like soap dispensers, water filters, and spray handles (for those of us without a pull-down or pull-out faucet).
While not everyone will require these types of items, having the option available can make life so much easier. Homeowners typically like to keep these accessories in a uniform color and style since each item is usually set up right next to each other in a row on the sink.
With bathrooms there are several other types of accessories to consider. Most bathrooms aren't pre-equipped with soap dispensers, tissue boxes, trays or other little nick-knacks that people usually like to keep in this area. Not every homeowner will opt to purchase matching accessories, though. Instead they may to choose to purchase items that they can discard once they're done with them. If you're looking to make your bathroom area stand out and look more high-end, why not accessorize the area with matching products?
Hardware, on the other hand, is all up to preference. You can keep your items in uniform or spunk it up by mix-and-matching. Hardware options include cabinet knobs/handles, towel racks, paper holders, robe hooks, shelves, and so on.
There are a few things to consider if you decide on having matching hardware. First and foremost, your faucet should be your baseline. The faucet is going to be the most prominent hardware item in the room (in both kitchen and bathroom scenarios), so it's ideal to make sure all of the other hardware and accessories match that particular item.
Two of the main focuses to match are the finish and style. The best way to keep your finishes the same is by sticking with the same manufacturer. Keeping to the same style can be a little trickier. Pick a point on the faucet that you want to stick with. Is your faucet spout rounder or more angular? What about the handles? Does it have a base that you can find duplicates styles of? Take your time in determining how you want the room to look. These little details can seem minuscule but in reality they have the ability to really bring your vision together.