cant put your finger on it, but as you walk through theres
just something distinctive about a home.
Gigstead, owner of The Finial, urges the use of cabinetry
hardware to take us out of the four dots that separate
us from the cookie cutters of the world.
As you close the front door, look
down at your hand and you may find the answer within your grasp.
With the plethora of choices in hardware, you can take the devil
out of the details to get heavenly results.
Ron Gigstead, owner of The Finial
in Mequon, said with just a little imagination, we can use
hardware to take us out of the four dots that separate us from
the cookie cutters of the world.
Whether changing over some or all
of your existing hardware, or selecting for new construction, youll
find something for every budget, every scope, and every style.
Door handles, drawer pulls, towel bars, cabinet knobs, key
escutcheons, fireplace tools and surrounds, and even plumbing
fixtures give homeowners the tools to give their home a signature
Several trends dominate in the
current and future hardware market. Polished brass is dead. Its
just been overdone, Gigstead said. In my opinion, if you
look at brass thats been polished and lacquered, youre
seeing brass in an artificial state. In real life, brass would
never be that bright and shiny for that length of time.
Oxidized, weathered, and distressed
finishes predominate for metals. He said, Our pewters have been
selling strong, and the darker bronze tones are making a strong
Luckily, not all that glitters is
polished brass. From the formality of cut Swarovski crystal to
bold abstract designs, Gigstead said, Glass and color is on the
leading edgeits just coming into play. Color has been in
Europe for the past ten years, so its about time that we start
seeing it here in the states. With it, were getting a more
lively and fresh look, even in homes that are very traditional.
Introducing a little color is just fabulous.
According to Gigstead, using the
same metal finish throughout the home, but changing the style of
the pieces is a great way to give your home a completed feel. Theres
a thread that ties all of the homes hardware together. Its
like a tree. You can branch off of it into different rooms and
areas becoming more or less formal reflecting the rooms use.
That way, there is a design concept for the entire package.
Gigstead suggests that a good start
for the timid is to replace just six of the common knobs in a
kitchen. The remaining knobs, he said, Become the background of
a picture. You can give your kitchen a fresh look with just a
Likewise, if cost is a
consideration, changing over your hardware can be done gradually
as budget allows. Certainly, its a way to update décor without
even having to think about hiring a contractor. On-site designers
at most stores are happy to help you wade through the choices at
no cost, if you wouldnt know where to begin.