You might never think of choosing hardware for your coastal home until the very end of your project, but it’s something that we believe should be chosen with great care and consideration long before. Choosing the right hardware can either be the crowning design touch for all of your hard work, or it could totally ruin your entire beach house kitchen design plan.
The choices for cabinet hardware are simply endless! There are many things to consider, not only beach house design themes, but also durability and ease of function. The closer your home is to salt-laden air and water, durability and finish choices will become paramount in choosing the right pieces for your home.
Stainless steel near the water is such an excellent choice, but the design choices are a little more limited than other materials such as brass, bronze or pewter. Stainless steel is an fabulous design option for a modern beach house look – just take a look at this Laguna Beach seaside home! (From Home and House Design)
Why consider stainless steel?
“Stainless steel has a unique quality, It can self-repair! Stainless steel has a naturally occurring layer that forms
on the surface by oxidization. This film is very thin (only a few atoms thick), inert and invisible. If the surface is
accidentally scratched this protective coating automatically repairs itself. This layer is what makes it corrosion free.” Ideal for beach homes and boats! If you spend a little extra time looking, marine-grade stainless steel cabinet hardware can be found.
Stainless steel is also extremely easy to take care of; simply wipe with a damp sponge or soft cloth, using water with a very small amount of gentle detergent or vinegar added. Regular cleaning will avoid any stubborn dirt from building up. In fact, unlike other materials, it is impossible to wear out stainless steel by excessive cleaning. (exactly why health care facilities choose stainless steel)
A few words of caution!
- Don’t use steel or wire wool as they can leave tiny fragments behind which can tarnish the surface.
- Don’t use bleach, chlorides or acid-based cleaning products which can discolor the surface. (actually you shouldn’t use bleach on any hardware)
- Baking soda can be used as a cleaning agent, but make sure to wipe in the direction of the grain, and to immediately rinse and dry
- Don’t allow food items like lemon juice, vinegar, ketchup, salt, mustard, salad dressing or mayonnaise to remain on the surface for long. They can bleach the surface causing white spots.
- Don’t use hard abrasive scouring powders or creams as they may scratch your hardware
- Don’t wipe across the grain as it may spoil the finish.
Here are a few more interesting decorative hardware creations, all with stainless steel. These might give you some ideas of how to use stainless, but with a little imagination and design for more than just a modern beach house look. Getting creative, we found these fun handles from Sugatsune that are very marine looking – trunk handles. Wouldn’t these be a fun accessory for a nautical themed kitchen? For the true sailing or yachting fan, we even found these stainless steel nautical cleats at Jamestown Distributors . Try thinking outside the box and use actual nautical cleats like these for cabinet pulls! From Sugatsune, an interesting marine grade handle, totally nautical! Simple, but will make a statement.
Decorative crystal knobs are another way to vamp up your interior design. Although simple and small, colorful doorknobs can add that pop of color needed to finish any room. These sea glass colors feature stainless steel bases, which will hold up against any element, including sandy hands fresh off the beach. They are vailable in many different colors from Dekkor, Inc.. Or, to obtain the luxury feel opt for the clear-crystal handles. Also from Dekkor, these clear crystal knob details with stainless steel bases are perfect for a glamorous bathroom at the beach.
Have fun! We would love to see how your have chosen to complete your beach house kitchen design.
About Caron White: Caron’s whole life has been spent around the water, and living on the beach. A coastal, seaside lifestyle has always been her passion. More than anything, she loves to share it! Creator of a new original coastal home lifestyle retail website. She can also be found at her Everything Coastal Blog