When it comes to a quick and easy update that makes a dramatic difference in the style of your kitchen, hardware ranks right at the top. Hardware like cabinet handles, sinks and faucets can be changed out in just a few hours and transforms the entire appearance and feel of a space. As Gene Goforth of Architectural Hardware Design says, "Hardware is the pearl necklace to the black dress."
When it comes to an easy kitchen update, new hardware can transform a space from "blah" to beautiful.
"As a former real estate broker, I always tell clients that making your house fresh and clean is essential to get the most out of your market value," Gene says. "How do you do that? With new paint, new flooring and then replacing the fixtures and hardware to more updated products."
When a future homeowner walks into a house, he or she immediately starts looking at what needs to be replaced or remodeled. Having out-of-date hardware on cabinets or in the kitchen could shave off thousands of dollars when negotiations begin.
"If you see polished brass, you need updating," he says. "If you don't know if your kitchen needs updating, then take pictures and bring it to us. We can advise you on what needs to be changed. You can also go to open houses or new homes to see what builders are putting in. Consult with a designer."
Some of the hot, trendy finishes in kitchen hardware are satin brass, modern bronze and flat black, Gene says. The timeless finishes include polished chrome and brushed or polished nickel.
"Timeless finishes will stand the test of time. Barn door hardware is also still hot, and that trend isn't going anywhere any time soon," he says. "Styles are also going more and more contemporary with cleaner, minimalist lines. You don't see a lot of ornate designs that you have to clean around."
The best thing about updating the little touches and hardware is that homeowners can do it on a budget and usually themselves.
"You don't have to spend a fortune to update your hardware. You can take your existing cabinets and give them a whole new look with a faux finish and updated handles," Gene says. "But keep in mind that this is your house. Put in what you like; you don't have to fit inside the box."
Since the launch of Architectural Hardware Designs in 2012 by industry experts Gene Goforth and Rick Henthorn, AHD provides clients with high-quality products for their home renovations and designs.
AHD opened the new store at 9450 N. May in Oklahoma City, giving AHD leeway to showcase many of the leading industry's newest lines from blu Bathworks to Watermark Designs. The showroom offers clients a visual appeal to help with their decorating needs. In addition, the AHD experts will travel to your home or project site to measure and complete an order, thereby eliminating the chances of inaccuracy.
Along with the showroom, the AHD website offers trade customers a unique way to purchase their bathroom, kitchen, door and cabinet hardware for their clients' needs.
For more information, visit AHDOK.com.