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The Final Touch

Finally, the custom kitchen is embellished with the “jewelry” of the design process: the knobs, pulls, hinges, and handles that unify and punctuate the room’s individual style. Hardware might be fanciful or austere, hand wrought or cast, but it always carries with it a sense of both ornamentation and utility. Stone, metal, wood, glass, and ceramic are just some of the materials that find their way onto cabinetry. In a practical sense, the hardware chosen for the custom kitchen must be appropriate to the task at hand. Integrated appliances, for example, necessitate the use of larger handles; a dishwasher or refrigerator drawer requires hardware that is easy to grip. Likewise, for a smaller single-use cabinet, a delicate handle or pull will do. And like all jewelry, a few good pieces always make a sophisticated statement.


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