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Shopping For Antique Drawer Pulls

Antique drawer pulls are a great way to pay homage to times past, and they can add a classic look of elegance for any space. The most common use for these pulls is on antique furniture, but some people also choose an antique style for their kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Whatever the reason for selecting antique drawer pulls, there are a number of things that must be considered before a decision is made. It is important to realize that there are many different periods that are considered antique, and even within this wide range of styles there will still be plenty of decisions to make. Most antique pulls are made of metal, and it is rare to find any that are made of other materials. Glass might also be coming onto the antique drawer scene now, but metal is still the predominant material. However, the metal that was used to make antique drawer pulls may be different than the metal that is used in pulls today. Here are some other things that will be very helpful to understand the process of shopping for antique pulls.

Style

While you might think that the style of the antique drawer pulls has already been selected, remember that antique covers many different styles over many centuries. Some antique drawer pulls are very ornate, while others are far simpler. Most people choose antique because they like the ornate designs many drawer pulls once had, but some people also like the simpler days. It all just depends on what kind of design and style you are using in your kitchen or bathroom. It also depends on whether you are purchasing the pulls for a piece of furniture that is actually antique and just needs new hardware.

Material

The question of material is a little bit more complicated for antique drawer hardware than it is for today's hardware. This is because while most of the pieces are metal, truly authentic-looking pieces may not be made of the same types of metal used today. It is up to you to determine how authentic you want the pieces to be. Truly antique pieces are sometimes made of cast iron, which is not in use much today. However, it may be worth it to pay the extra money for a piece that is made of cast iron because this will truly complete the antique look you are trying to accomplish.

Other Considerations

There are also some other important considerations that must be made when choosing drawer pulls, whether they are antique or not. For example, remember to take into account the size of the hardware and the size of the drawer. This is especially important with antique drawer pulls because often the more ornate patterns can take up quite a bit of space on the drawers. In some cases it may be a good idea to find hardware that comes in several different sizes. This way it will be a lot easier to match the size of the drawer with the size of the hardware in a proportional way.

In addition to proportions, also remember that some antique pulls look very dainty and small. These smaller pulls may not look great on very large, clunky drawers. The size of the hardware should make it look like it belongs on the drawer. It may help to measure the size of the drawer's face and then measuring the size of the drawer pull before making a decision. Do not forget to factor in the size of the base pieces of the hardware because that is what can really make the hardware mesh well with the drawer.

 


Light Switch Plates - Illuminate The Beauty Of Your Decor

It was not so long ago that light switch plates only came in white or beige plastic with one or two holes for switches. If you thought something else might be nice, too bad. White or beige light switch plates were the industry standard, and what you got. Pretty boring, huh?

Today, of course, modern lighting requires different light switches and the variety of looks in light switch plates expanded with along with the variety and functions of lights. Not only are there the traditional light switch plates you're used to, but you can get paddle light switch plates, circular dimmer light switch plates and sliding dimmer light switch plates that will go with your various light switches so you can have more control and flexibility in the illumination options for your home.

When it comes down to it, light switch plates are an often overlooked and unexpected possibility for beauty in your home. Let's face it, few people really pay any attention to their light switch plates until they crack and break or until they are so dirty they won't clean anymore and have become an eyesore in the room.

But if you look around your room with a fresh pair of eyes, you'll suddenly notice that their presence on walls affects the way you think about a room. Don't believe that? Well then, see for yourself. A good way to test this is to buy a light switch plate that is totally out of character with your room and put it on your wall. Suddenly it's like having the wrong painting or other décor in the room. It jumps out at you as being completely out of place. Now think of this at the other end of the spectrum. If you conduct a household hardware search and find light switch plates that match your room or style, it can be a major complement to your décor and make the room look more complete and impressive. Why do you think designers are now creating light switch plates? They have realized that the little details make a big difference.

Many people don't mind buying beautiful antique doorknobs or cabinet pulls, but they don't want to put out any cash into light switch plates. That's ok. You don't have to. While there are extremely fancy light switch plates on the market, you don't have to shop on the high-end household hardware rack. Even if you want to stick with plastic, there are many colors and shapes you can get these days that can add contrast or complement your décor. For those with more discerning tastes, there is an endless selection, all the way up to customized pieces, you can choose from.

If you are thinking of redoing your lighting options in the room, no time is better to replace those light switch plates. Keep in mind what you are planning, as far as lighting options, and make sure to find a plate that can accommodate your needs, while still projecting your style.

 


Bathroom Décor: How To Choose Mirrors For Your Bathroom

If you are in the process of redecorating your bathroom, you should consider putting up new bathroom mirrors as part of your bathroom décor. Bathroom mirrors have one of the most important roles in the bathroom. Mirrors do not just allow us to see our reflection, they also help make the bathroom look brighter and more spacious. Good bathroom mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light thus making the room more alive and vibrant.

Choosing The Shape Of Your Bathroom Mirrors

When it comes to bathroom mirrors and bathroom decors, the shapes and size do matter. According to experts, the size and shape of the bathroom mirror can affect the overall look of your bathroom. For instance, an oval mirror when used as part of your bathroom décor will make your bathroom look more feminine. Oval mirrors also give the room a softer tone. On the other hand, a square mirror give can give your bathroom a more solid look and rectangular mirrors can make your bathroom look more spacious.

To give you time to match your bathroom mirror with the rest of your bathroom fixtures, do not buy your mirrors without checking the overall design of your bathroom. If you used the services of a contractor to redesign your bathroom, you may want to ask the contractor to pick out the right mirror for your bathroom decor. The good thing about asking the contractor to pick out the shape and size of the mirror is that he or she will know if the shape of the mirror will go well with the overall design.

On the other hand, if you redesigned your bathroom on your own, it would be best for you to go back into your design and study it carefully before you buy your bathroom mirror. If you used computer software to redesign your bathroom, it will be easier for you to determine what type of mirrors you should put into your bathroom. Just simply manipulate the computer design and then add some mirrors into the design to simulate the look of the bathroom. Do not limit just yourself to the basic shapes of mirrors. Experiment with different size, shapes and colors of bathroom mirrors so that you will be able to get the best results.

After determining the right size and shape of mirrors to serve as part of your bathroom décor, find a shop that offers good mirrors for reasonable prices. Note that the prices of the mirrors are just as important as their looks.

 




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