Drawer pulls and knobs don't only serve a utilitarian purpose, they can also spruce up a room and add a certain personality and charm. Gone are the days when homeowners had only the most basic choices; so too are the days when hardware wasn't designed to "look pretty," but rather to serve a purpose.
I still remember visiting an old family farm when I was a kid, when the cabinet and drawer hardware was plain and basic. I remember when a knob broke off the silverwear drawer and a relative took me into town, asked the hardware store owner for a new one, was led down a single isle with three drawer knob options: Brass or wood.
Yet today, simply visiting a local home improvement store proves that times have changed. It seems like there are virtually limitless options, ranging from simple to extreme (I once saw a drawer knob in the shape of Spiderman).
Finding Personality In Drawer Pulls And Knobs
Have you ever heard the expression, "The devil is in the details?" It's true. Sometimes we get so caught up in personalizing the "big things" in our living spaces (wall paint colors, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures) that we forget that it's often the smallest little things that really make a big difference.
For instance, a friend of mine is a famed interior designer. She's a guest columnist for several decorating magazines, is frequently interviewed on local and national television and is even sought out by wealthy people all over the world. She once told me that the difference between a $10 room and a $1,000,000 room can be something as small as a perfectly picked drawer pull or drawer knob.
What does she recommend? For starters, find something that accents your personality. It's one thing to build a show-room looking home, but it's another thing to live in it. If you a classical person, stick with the tried-and-true basic pulls and knobs. If you're a little more eccentric, then give a more gaudy drawer pull or knob a try. Remember, you're living here; so make sure it's a place that feels like home. And since everybody's version of "home" is different, choose what's right for you.
Classic Drawer Pulls
They say that nothing beats a classic, and many designers agree. Sometimes a simple, solid color (usually white or black) drawer knob says it all. Classic pieces give off a certain aura of power and simplicity, and that's tough to beat with more outrageous styles. There's something to be said for simple, clean styles and lines.
Minimalists also prefer these classic looks, and considering the minimal look is in, a simple, classic drawer pull or knob is a very smart choice.
Eccentric Drawer Pull And Knobs
Not a "classic" person? No worries, many of us aren't. And there's nothing wrong with that. But if you tend to favor the eclectic side of life, simple and basic just doesn't cut it. Likewise, it should be any different when it comes to your interior design.
There are hundreds - possibly thousands - of eccentric drawer knobs and drawer pulls on the market, ranging from the slightly "one-off" to completely crazy. There are numerous shapes, sizes and colors to choose from, so don't feel like you need to settle for 'basic' if it doesn't fit your style.
Kids Drawer Pulls And Knobs
Thanks to an ever-increasing supply of quirky, kid-related products, the selection for kids drawer knobs is bigger than ever. And the prices are incredibly cheap, usually in the $3 to $6 range - which isn't much more than a standard design knob.
So what kind of kids knobs are out there? I've seen Spiderman door knobs, Rainbow Brite door knobs and everything in between. Here is just a small list of what you'll find for your child:
- My Little Pony
- Fairy Tales (princesses, Cinderella, etc...)
- Rainbow Brite
- Guitars and other musical instruments
- Dogs, Cats and other pets
The point is that there are nearly infinite drawer knobs for kids. If you're looking for something for your youngsters, you'll almost certainly find it.