Veley of Hardware Accents in Pewaukee is holding a set of
Hob Knobs that will add a little color to any
More homeowners anxious to find
ways to avoid what could be ordinary, bland kitchens and bathrooms
are turning to unique hardware items knobs, pulls, handles
to liven things up.
Forget your typical metal or iron
handle with simple lines and expected curves. Hardware
manufacturers are creating miniature works of art that are truly
functional for every day reaching inside a drawer for a fork or
spoon, opening a cabinet for a dish or unlocking a shelf for the
The percentage of people that
buy (the unique hardware items) is small, but everyone looks at
them, said Mark Veley, who, along with his wife, Shereen, owns
Hardware Accents, a kitchen and bathroom accessories store in
Many neighborhood hardware stores,
picking up on the trend, are building and rebuilding their
supplies of accessories to offer shoppers more choices. The big
hardware giants, too, like Home Depot, are also offering these
creative treasures to shoppers.
I gotta tell you, you have to
see it to believe it, Veley said. Theres so much cool
stuff out there.
A frog clinging on for dear-life
from a door knob. Adam- and Eve-like torsos as drawer handles.
Pine cones, moose heads and deer for pulls.
Many people are buying the hardware
for specific accents on bathroom cabinets or kitchen drawers.
Usually the homeowners dont want to outfit an entire set of
cabinets or an entire room with the unusual items.
Most of the people are building
new and have no idea that (hardware) is out there, Veley said.
Once they discover the funky, fun
accessories, homeowners know the items will make a dramatic
difference in their interior decoration desires.
Theyll say, Thats
perfect. That will set this room off perfectly, Veley said.
The others think its too wild.
Naturally, the added design and
detailing of such accessories comes with a price: Maybe $4 or $5
more than your typical, standard knob, handle or pull. Other
specialty items are much more.
Bud Close, the manager at Rockler
Woodworking and Hardware in Wauwatosa, said he sells some of these
accessories at $14 and up.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is
a specialty store which focuses on woodworking supplies. It sells
tools and various hardware needed to build and assemble cabinets,
drawers and furniture for do-it-yourselfers. Many go to Rockler to
look for knobs or handles to replace lost or damaged items on
antique furniture. The store also sells various hardware like
locks and hinges to finish jewelry boxes and humidors.
Close said hes seen more
do-it-yourselfers buy the accented hardware. But Close isnt
sure what the big deal is about. People are looking at a lot of
different things, Close said. Its a fad like anything
else. Its not something I think will stick around Southeastern
Wisconsin, Close said.
Veley agreed that some of the
accessories may be too wild for this area of the country.
But he tries to inject some
freshness into what could be a drab, unexciting area of home
building and remodeling.
In the sometimes conservative world
of suburban Milwaukee, Veley admits hes sometimes challenged by
peoples outlooks on interior decorating.
Maybe if I were on the East Side
of town, people are more into the funky arts thing there, he