How to Open Doors to a Great Interior Design and Look

People may not realize what a strong influence hardware has on the overall design and look of a room. Rather than just installing your standard brushed nickel lever hardware, which we see in most builder spec houses, consider how hardware can work as another form of artwork in a space. Take a look at the handmade features in these pieces by highly skilled artisans and see if they do not open doors for you. This Art Deco style pull with mother of pearl inlay sets the mood for Hollywood style glamour.  Just imagine how divine it would feel to pull open doors with such elegant hardware. Tracy Glover does a fabulous job in creating such whimsical hardware. This one looks as if it has been taken right out of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Beautifully crafted, colorful and creative, I would love to see this placed in any sort of contemporary setting to lighten up the mood. What I love about this hardware is that the design has created strong visual and tactile contrast. The combination of two elements: sleek cold bronze and the warm leather is dynamite to me. You can see here in these two images, how they have been made in both a tooled leather and a basket weave leather. One would be great for your country retreat, while the other for your city apartment. This melon knob from P.E Guerin has been beautifully crafted. The way that it has been shaped just makes me want to latch onto it. This would be marvelous dressing up any door, adding a modern feel to a very traditional shaped knob; what P.E Guerin is known for. This oval hand hammered knob reflects the International Style of Modernism of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Custom hand peening has been used, which is an art that was popularized during the Arts and Crafts movement. This knob would look completely natural in either a contemporary or traditional setting. I love the combination of the reclaimed Apitong inlayed wood lever with the silver finish. It has created such a sleek and contemporary feel.  I can just envision this in a Manhattan apartment with gray flannel upholstered walls and Eames chair’s in black leather. The yellow crystal handle reminds me of the stem of a hand blown martini glass. The handle would look great in a bar area with yellow onyx stone counter tops. We...
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