Posted January 15, 2018
Bringing your home into the 21st century? Bill’s Ace Hardware can help.
Bill’s Ace Hardware is the place to find all the hardware goods you need for your next project. We’ll help you find the hardware and safety goods your home requires for those final updates – from new cabinet handles to smoke detectors, you’ll find a variety of pieces that are sure to complement your home.
With the rise in popularity of TV shows about refurbishing old homes, many people are restoring rooms with new, modern hardware and technology. Bill’s Ace Hardware carries all the restoration hardware you may need to put the finishing touches you need on your landscape, driveway, or kitchen.
Hardware can encompass many types of goods – and the number of choices can be daunting. Below, we break down how to choose the types of hardware that are right for you -including cabinet hardware, window hardware and treatments, and home safety and security systems.
Tips on Choosing the Right Cabinet Hardware for Your Home
Though most people think of redoing their backsplash, countertops, or cabinetry when they refurbish their kitchens, selecting the right type of restoration hardware to round out the look is crucial for a beautiful, put together home.
One of the most obvious first choices when considering restoration hardware for your home is if you want knobs or pulls. A knob is installed with a single screw and may be more suitable for smaller surface areas, while a drawer pull has two points of contact. Sometimes a larger drawer or shelf may even need several different pulls. Whichever types of restoration hardware you choose, be sure to communicate what is needed to your remodeling professional, if you’re using one.
Next, think about the style of your kitchen and your overall home. Is it more modern, or coastal? Does it have a touch of whimsy that may allow you to choose several different types of restoration hardware, or does it have a more uniform feel with clean lines? Your kitchen hardware should reflect this style as well. Don’t be afraid to choose hardware that may be a little untraditional, such as door knobs or sea shells!
For example, if your appliances are stainless steel, you may want to choose cabinet pulls that have the same clean lines and bright, steel finish. The finish of a particular piece of hardware can completely change the look and feel. According to Meridian Homes, “bronze will patina over time, mature in appearance, and will make a bold statement in a kitchen.” Pewter and brass finishing’s will give a more mature, traditional feel to your space, whereas a dark-colored finish on a light cabinet can be bold and eye-catching. Much of this choice depends largely on your personal preference.
Window Treatments 101: What’s Right For You?
Though window treatments and window restoration hardware are part of the design aesthetic of your home, your first consideration when selecting between treatments should always be function. Who will be staying in the room? What is its primary function? Do you need more light, or more privacy? All of these are important considerations when you’re thinking about the types of window treatments your home may need.
If you’re going with curtains instead of blinds or another type of shade, one of your main choices will be on how much lining is required. Spaces like dens or family rooms typically require a lot of light, but not as much privacy – so in these cases, according to Houzz, you can get by with light, semi-sheer window treatments.
Bedrooms or in-home movie theaters may need more light-blocking. In these cases, heavy drapery hardware along with blackout curtains and layered treatments will be your best bet. The added bonus of these types of treatments is that they also enhance acoustics!
When thinking about the length of your drapery hardware, it’s important to factor in that you want your curtains to achieve a draped look, even when closed. Therefore, select hardware that stops just a few inches past the window, along with curtains that are 2 1/2 times the width of the window itself. To create the illusion of a taller window, try mounting the drapery rod four to six inches about the window frame.
Curtain rods, like cabinet hardware, should fit the style of the room – whether that is traditional, coastal, restorative, modern, or another aesthetic. Classic rods will feature an adjustable pole with ornamental end caps, while something like a track rod is a bit more sophisticated, with drapery hooks that attach to inner pulleys that conceal movement inside the rod.
Selecting Your Home Security System
With modern technology constantly changing and improving, home security systems have gotten increasingly easy to use in recent years. The vast majority are wireless, allowing consumers to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in installation costs. In fact, according to the DIY Network, if you can hang a picture on your wall, you can probably install home security system hardware.
When evaluating the different types of security hardware available at Bill’s Ace Hardware, it’s important to decide what features are important to you and your home. For example, if you live in a wet climate, flood filters may be necessary. If you have older family members, some systems are equipped with life alert or panic buttons in case of emergency.
It’s also important to evaluate ease of use of the home security hardware. If the security system is enabled by an app, be sure that it is easy to use and download, and that you know how to use it correctly.
Bill’s Ace Hardware carries all types of hardware, from home security to window treatments to cabinetry. Stop in at any of the Bill’s Ace Hardware locations in Concord, Martinez, or Pleasant Hill to fulfill all your hardware needs today.