Have you been following along the progress of our dressing room/ walk-in closet? It's on Instagram, and the Mr. has been making great progress.
Just to give you some background of our dressing room, its design is inspired by Carrie Bradshaw's huge walk-in closet in Sex and the City 2 (her side). Similar to the dressing room in our previous house, we love the trims and moldings details of Carrie's, and the bottom section that's extended just a touch beyond the upper hanging units. Not to mention, all those bottom drawers!! One can never have enough drawers!
This time around, we're not hacking any IKEA PAX wardrobes; it would entail too much customization and hacking to fit in our new closet space. So, the Mr. is building our closet from scratch! That also means we're free to add all those bottom drawers to suit our needs.
Here is the most updated status of our custom-built closet by the Mr.:
While the Mr. goes about tackling the design and build of the closet, it's time I busy myself with looking at the little details to complement his huge undertaking. One such is of course the gems for the closet - knobs and pulls.
The Mr. will be building shaker style doors and drawer fronts for our closet. With this generic style, we would rely on the hardware to add a personal touch. Instead of using only one kind of hardware, I would prefer separate styles of door handles and drawer knobs. Not only is that less overwhelming visually, it also creates a layer of interest.
Classic and timeless styles of hardware would suit us best. Nothing too tacky - no rhinestones and no "crystal" knobs that are too diamond-looking.
There're literally thousands of choices out there, but I'll know what I want when I see them. And so, I went searching at my favourite hardware online sources: Lee Valley, Ginger's, Anthropologie, and Etsy.
These brass knobs are timeless classics, and their subtle details add interest so that they're not just a blob of metal.
Ever since going with glass knobs with our DIY refinished night tables, I've fallen in love with their versatility. They offer a touch of glam, and are a nice pairing with either intricate or sleek handles.
The cabinet doors for the closet will be quite high, going from the ceiling to the top of the bottom drawers. We would need pulls that are at least 6" in length to keep proportions in check, otherwise a tiny pull would get lost in the height of the door. Anything 4" or less would not do!
The dressing room can handle the traditional look of these brass pulls, which I may not use for a contemporary kitchen. While their designs are intricate, the handle parts are wide. Aside from being ergonically friendly, they would also look proportional on a large cabinet door.
As much as I love classic style hardware, these contemporary pulls have understated details that don't render them too plain-Jane.
While there's no right or wrong way to pair cabinet door handles and drawer knobs, my preference would be to pair one with an ornate design with one of simple. When in doubt, pairing both with simple designs would always be better than having both handles and knobs with too much detailing.
Perhaps these are details so minute that nobody would notice. So why put so much effort into mixing and matching of the knobs and pull handles? Cabinet hardwares can make or break the design of a room. Carefully chosen hardwares add your personal stamp to your space, and make using them on a daily basis a joy. Make sure they're ergonomical and in a style that you love!
I'm glad I got this post out, because it sure did help me in narrowing down my choices. I think I now know which ones I would go with. Let me just run them by the Mr.!