Top Knobs Announces the Winners of the 25th Anniversary Design Board Contest

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, announces the five winners of its inaugural Design Board Contest. Entrants including interior designers, architects and trade professionals, were invited to submit their Top Knobs projects for a chance to win up to $5,000.

The Design Board Contest ran from June 3, 2019, to November 1, 2019, and winners were selected by a panel of design professionals led by Top Knobs President, Warren Ramsland.

“The Design Board Contest has provided our supporters with a platform and community to celebrate, share, and express their extraordinary designs,” says Ramsland. “We are filled with gratitude from the number of responses we received in our first Design Board Contest. To see the unique designs in which Top Knobs has been a part of has truly been an honor.”

Winning Designs

Grand Prize – Dave McFadden, PB Kitchen Design, Geneva, IL

Dave McFadden used the Flat Sided pulls from Top Knobs Aspen II Collection in Brushed Satin Nickel in his kitchen design. McFadden focused on creating a kitchen fit for entertaining while maintaining the industrial aesthetic of the rest of the house.

Second Place – Craig Couture, Cypress Design Co., East Providence, RI

Craig Couture remodeled a 1940s Rhode Island home with the goal of keeping the home’s existing character while creating a functional modern space. In the kitchen, Couture used Knobs and Pulls from Top Knobs Devon Collection in Honey Bronze to add a touch of warmth to the space.

Third Place – Katie Borchardt, Jean Stoffer Design, Chicago, IL

Katie Borchardt was tasked with creating a custom kitchen that was both elegant and functional for her client. Borchardt used the Rounded Pulls, Round Knobs, and Oval Knob Backplate from Top Knobs Aspen Collection in Light Bronze to harmonize the kitchen’s two-toned cabinet design.

Honorable Mention – Ariana Lovato, Honeycomb, Home Design, Arroyo Grande, CA

Ariana Lovato designed the home of her client’s dreams after a fire destroyed their previous home. With a modern farmhouse aesthetic in mind, Lovato opted for the Ascendra Knobs and Pulls from Top Knobs Transcend Collection in flat black to help bring the rustic design scheme into the kitchen.

 

Honorable Mention – Meadowcreek Builders, Inc., Waukesha, WI

The team at Meadowcreek Builders, Inc. transformed a dark and dated kitchen complete with an adjoining dining area into a bright and spacious retreat for their clients to enjoy. They used Top Knobs Somerset Weston Pulls and London Knobs in Old English Copper to add contrast and texture to the space.

Click here to view the full image gallery of the winning designs.

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Top Knobs Reveals New Additions During KBIS 2020

Top Knobs traveled to Las Vegas last week to showcase their latest collections at the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s show ran from January 21-23, 2020 and brought together architects, designers, and trade professionals to explore the latest innovations and trends in the Kitchen and Bath industry.

As the leading manufacturer of decorative hardware, Top Knobs is a regular participant at the show. This year, Top Knobs exhibited at booth N2763 where they unveiled their latest collection of knobs, pulls and appliance pulls, a collection of decorative hooks and much more!

 

 

TOP KNOBS KBIS REVEAL

Top Knob Invites Southern Charm into the Home with Ellis

Inspired by the opulent and intricate historic homes of Savannah, GA, Top Knobs will debut its newest collection, Ellis at KBIS 2020. Comprised of five delicately detailed series of Knobs, Pulls and Appliance Pulls, Ellis is a modern reinvention of classically influenced designs and traditions of the deep south. 


 Introducing the New Ryland Hook Collection

Top Knobs is unveiling its latest collection of decorative hooks, Ryland. The Ryland Collection offers added personality and storage to your space in familiar styles that complement some of Top Knobs’ most popular decorative hardware pieces.

 


Add Personality to Your Space with the new Amwell Bar Pull Series

Top Knobs expands its line of decorative hardware with the new Amwell Bar Pull Series. Available in four of Top Knobs most sought after finishes, Ash Grey, Honey Bronze, Flat Black and Brushed Satin Nickel, Amwell features a knurled design that is sure to make a statement.


2020 Catalog Now Available

Just in time for KBIS, Top Knobs releases its 2020 product catalog. The beautifully designed and easy to navigate catalog features all of Top Knobs extraordinary collections of cabinet hardware.

Also introduced to the 2020 catalog is the Ash Gray / Honey Bronze II Finish Collection. Returning favorites include the 2019 anniversary Grace collection and Ash Gray / Honey Bronze I finish collection.

Download the catalog here.


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Top Knobs Guide to Decorative Hardware Size Selection

Choosing the right decorative hardware for your cabinets requires a balance between functionality and style. The knobs and pulls you select will effortlessly tie your space together when coordinated with the relative scale of your cabinet doors and drawers. But how do you decide on the proper size of hardware to use?

While there are no strict rules to follow, the number of options can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why Top Knobs has created a comprehensive guide to ensure your hardware perfectly pairs with your cabinetry.

Before pulling out your measuring tape, it’s important to note some key terms when it comes to measuring knobs and pulls:

  • Overall Length: The distance from one end of the pull to the other end
  • Center-to-Center: The industry standard for measuring pulls, the distance from the center of one screw hole to the center of the other screw hole
  • Diameter: Refers to the width of a knob or width of the thickest portion of a pull
  • Projection: How far the pull or knob sticks out from the surface of the cabinet once installed

Now that you are familiar with the terminology and you can properly measure, let’s review how to proportionately pick hardware for your cabinets.

Knobs

Knobs are the most versatile hardware options. Available in a broad range of styles and finishes, standard size knobs range between 1-2 inches in diameter and will complement cabinet doors of any size.

When arranged on drawers less than 16 inches in width, we recommend installing one knob directly at the center. As for drawers larger than 16 inches, two knobs should be installed. For a symmetrical appearance, measure the drawer into thirds and set the knobs in the center of the two outer portions.

Pulls

Pulls come in a variety of styles and lengths, which can prove to be daunting when selecting proportionately sized hardware. Bar Pulls are traditionally measured center-to-center and they should not exceed 1/3 of the length of a cabinet door or width of a drawer.

Pulls 3-7 inches in length will sit the most comfortably on doors less than 24 inches tall. Cabinet doors 24-36 inches tall are best adorned with pulls 7-12 inches long, while cabinets taller than 36 inches such as pantries, built-in appliances and pullouts should be accompanied by pulls longer than 12 inches.

When fixed on drawers one pull 3-5 inches in length should be installed in the center at the center of a drawer less than 16 inches wide. Drawers 16-32 inches wide are best embellished with two smaller pulls 5-7 inches in length or one larger pull 9-12 inches long. Any drawer broader than 32 inches will require a pull longer than 12 inches.

Cup Pulls and Tab Pulls

Cup and tab pulls will follow the same sizing recommendations as bar pulls however, their placement will vary.

Due to their size and configuration, cup pulls are commonly reserved for drawers and are positioned at the top center or directly in the center. When installed on drawers, tab pulls should be placed along the top center of drawers. On upper cabinets, tab pulls are either installed vertically on the opening of the doors or horizontally on the very bottom.

Appliance Pulls

Appliances pulls are the perfect way to match your appliances and oversized cabinet doors with your decorative hardware. Appliance pulls are available in a variety of sizes from 12 to 30 inches. They should be placed on cabinet doors taller and drawers larger than 36 inches.

Want more design tips? Read our placement guide for a comprehensive look into positioning your hardware.

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Top Knobs, Top Designs

From master bedrooms and bathrooms to mudrooms and laundry rooms and every space in between, Top Knobs has been the go-to decorative hardware brand for the past 25 years!

With pulls, knobs and appliance pulls, available in 37 finishes; Top Knobs offers a wide array of styles to match nearly every décor and color pallette. Interior designers and homeowners continuously turn to Top Knobs to complete the look of their project.

Below are some of our favorite design projects featuring Top Knobs’ collection of hardware. Want to be featured in our next round-up? Simply tag Top Knobs in your Facebook and Instagram posts and use the #TopKnobs hashtag!

 

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From Dark and Awkward to Bright and Functional: A Louisiana Kitchen Gets a Total Makeover

The power of thoughtful space planning is essential, especially when renovating an older home. Designer and Blogger, Arianne Bellizaire from Arianne Bellizaire Interiors, stripped-down an entire twenty-five-year-old kitchen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to create a uniquely designed space from scratch. The once dark and dated kitchen became a bright, stylish and functional space through enhancements of products and planning.

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With an end goal of presenting a practical beautiful space for her clients, Arianne Bellizaire bases all of her design decisions on finding the right balance between functionality and creating a visually appealing space that makes guests want to take a second look. She creates homes specifically so homeowners can alter their style.

Sometimes with particular designs such as rustic or minimalism, homeowners can tend to feel stuck with one style.

“I never want you to be able to pinpoint one defined style of any of my spaces. Rather I want them to be a healthy mix of complementary styles that help to tell the homeowner’s story,” Says Bellizaire.

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After

Although the masterpiece came out as a stylish, functional space, Bellizaire faced some crossroads during the renovation. The extensive construction led to the removal of an 18x cypress beam that provided structural support to the home. She also removed the upper cabinets making the space feel larger. Bellizaire had to ensure the new design incorporated enough storage and included a walk-in pantry to the plan.

With the installation of all-new cabinetry, Bellizaire was on a mission to find the perfect hardware to compliment her design, leading her to Top Knobs.

“Top Knobs is our go-to hardware resource. We love how much variety there is in the product line and how much depth there is within each collection. The Kinney and Hollin combination was the perfect, sleek complement to this kitchen renovation” Bellizaire commented.

The transition between the before and after of the kitchen was so impactful because of the versatility of the new space. From dark and awkward, to bright and functional, the homeowners have new space can that can easily evolve with their changing styles.

Thank you Arianne Bellizaire for choosing Top Knobs and sharing your project with us! For more design inspiration from Arianne Bellizaire Interiors be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook.

Refresh Your Kitchen with Top Knobs Guide to Cabinet Colors

Kitchen cabinets are no longer a space reserved just for storage. They have become the focal point of the kitchen, an essential element for expressing personal style. And 2019 was all about updating cabinets with a splash of color

Whether you’re remodeling or drawing inspiration for your new build, Top Knobs has put together a list of five on-trend cabinet colors and complementary hardware finishes you’ll want to incorporate into your kitchen design.

White
Neutral, clean, and timeless, white will never go out of style. Opting for white cabinets is an easy choice if you want to brighten up your kitchen. If you’re worried about your space getting washed out, dress up your cabinets with rich tones. Achieve that modern farmhouse look with antique copper hardware.

 

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Gray
Not ready to take the color plunge? Gray is the way to go. It is a great way to introduce color and contrast into the kitchen without going over the top. Pair it with flat black hardware for a classic look that is also transitional.

 

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Deep Green
If you’re feeling a little daring and adventurous, go for a darker hue. Deep green is having quite a moment in 2019 and is becoming the most sought after option for cabinet color. To complete the look, try a hardware combination of knobs and pulls from in a warm finish such a honey bonze.

 

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 Navy Blue
In the mood for a more traditional look? Navy blue adds a touch of sophistication to any space. Pair navy cabinets with the always on-trend brushed satin nickel hardware for a timeless look that is sure to impress.

 

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Black
Black cabinets will give your kitchen a sleek and contemporary feel. Be careful not to drown your space in darkness. Polished chrome pulls will break up the monochromatic look but maintain the modern design scheme.

 

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Want more inspiration for your renovation? Use the Top Knobs Find Your Style Tool for more options!

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Top Knobs Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence with The Inaugural Design Board Contest

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, announces the Top Knobs 25th Anniversary Design Board Contest. For the first time ever, Top Knobs is inviting interior designers, architects and trade professionals to submit their Top Knobs projects for a chance to win one of five prizes.

The contest, which opens for entries on June 3, 2019, challenges design professionals to submit two or more photos of a project or renovation featuring Top Knobs hardware.

One grand prize winner will walk away with a $5,000 prize. Additional 2nd place, 3rd place and two honorable mentions will also be awarded.

“For 25 years Top Knobs has been at the forefront of the decorative hardware industry,” says Warren Ramsland, President of Top Knobs. “We’ve worked alongside some of the world’s most talented professionals, and the Design Board Contest allows us the opportunity to celebrate our supporters and their outstanding designs.”

Entries will be accepted online starting on June 3, 2019. All online entries must be received by November 1, 2019 11:59PM EST.

A jury of Top Knobs design professionals will select the winners. The grand prize is $5,000. 2nd place prize is $1,250, 3rd place prize is $750 and two honorable mentions will be awarded $500 each. All qualified entrants will automatically be enrolled as a member of the Top Knobs Design Board.

To enter the Top Knobs 25th Anniversary Design Board Contest, visit our contest website here.

ABOUT THE DESIGN BOARD CONTEST

To learn more about being a Design Board member, visit http://blog.topknobs.com/join-our-design-board/

Contest begins 6/3/19 at 12:00:00 am ET and ends 9/1/19 at 11:59:59 pm ET. Must be 18+ & a professional interior designer, architect, builder, remodeler or NKBA-certified kitchen designer, and reside in the US or DC (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, and TN). Void in AZ, MD, NJ, TN and where prohibited by law. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES. Total ARV of all prizes: $8,000. See Official Rules for entry requirements, judging criteria and full details. Sponsor: Top Knobs (USA) Inc., 3 Millennium Way, Branchburg, NJ.

Find Your Style with Top Knobs’ New Digital Selection Tool

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With so many knobs and pulls to choose from, sorting through hardware can seem daunting. The new Top Knobs Find Your Style digital selection tool eliminates that stress by transforming hardware selection into a personalized design experience.

The Find Your Style tool makes choosing the right style, finish and size easy and fast. It offers users a uniquely creative opportunity to explore designs and finishes that reflect personal style. The innovative tool also makes it possible to identify sizing options to meet specific design needs.

Through this comprehensive online tool, customers are guided through a short series of questions designed to identify product offerings based on their individual preferences and needs. Once the short Q & A is complete, a narrowed down selection of products is recommended to the user. Customers can then export the list and share their selections with designers and / or showroom consultants to help expedite the design process.

The Top Knobs digital selection tool is available on Top Knob’s home page or can be accessed directly at: https://www.topknobs.com/style.

Top Knobs Introduces Grace, A Collection of Decorative Hardware Reflecting 25 Years of Design Innovation

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, introduces the Grace collection. Inspired by the ageless beauty of New York’s five boroughs, Grace includes knobs, pulls and appliance pulls that lend a nod to some of Top Knobs’ most well-loved designs over the past 25 years.

 

“Grace is an exceptional collection that pays homage to some of our most successful collections,” states Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. “Design, style and industry innovations have evolved tremendously from where we were 25 years ago. The end result is something we are quite proud of and feel our customers will love.”

 

Grace Collection Details: 
  • 276 pieces
  • Six series: Henderson, Pomander, Kent, Riverside, Minetta, and Barrow
  • 3 Appliance pull styles available in sizes 12″ and 18″
  • Pulls in all 6 series available in sizes ranging from 3 ¾” to 12″
  • Knobs in 4 series available in sizes 1 ¼” and 2″
All hardware in the Grace collection is available in six desirable finishes including: Ash Gray (AG), Brushed Satin Nickel (BSN), Flat Black (BLK), Honey Bronze (HB), Polished Chrome (PC) and Polished Nickel (PN). MSRP for the Grace collection ranges from $7.30 to $146.20. Visit TopKnobs.com for more information.

Tops Knobs Takes This “One Room Challenge” Kitchen from Drab to Fab

In just six short weeks, Interior Designer Vanessa Francis transformed her sister Arlene’s kitchen from drab and outdated to bright and modern with the help of Top Knobs. “It was a labour of love,” said Vanessa who completed the project as part of the One Room Challenge. “I am so happy that Arlene is so happy with the end result. If she didn’t live an hour and fifteen minutes away, I would be over there every day for dinner admiring her kitchen.” 

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When starting the project Vanessa’s first task was to improve the function and flow of the kitchen. A large plant was that was taking up too much valuable storage space was immediately relocated and replaced with floor to ceiling cabinetry. “Having all of your food in one location rather than multiple cabinets is one of the goals when designing kitchens,” explained Vanessa. 

Another goal of the kitchen design was to provide as much storage space as possible. On a single wall in the newly renovated kitchen, there are nine drawers. “I love the cup pulls from Top Knobs and how the finish recedes into the cabinetry,” Vanessa explains. For a streamlined, yet trendy look, Vanessa utilized the Top Knobs Kinney KnobChanning Cup Pull, and  Kinney Pull in 7 9/16 inch, 5 1/16 inch and 3 3/4 inch on the drawers and cabinets.

In an effort to achieve a more contemporary look, Vanessa replaced the old terra cotta tiles with more neutral large format tiles. Budget-friendly cabinetry from IKEA and simple white subway tile also helped to brighten the room for a more inviting ambiance.

To create even more counter space and storage Vanessa moved the sink replaced it with a more on-trend offering that complemented the cabinet hardware. “I just love the modern take on a traditional bridge faucet,” she says.

Last, Vanessa wanted to add a personal touch to the space. “My sister and her husband  have owned a bike store, Bicycles Plus, in Whitby for around 30 years and as a result they are both avid cyclists.” To make this kitchen truly feel like home, there are a few references to their love of cycling in the kitchen: The vintage Tour de France poster that her nephew bought in Paris on our trip this summer, the tea towel that she picked up in Vancouver, and a black cycling statue from HomeSense.

A special thank you to Vanessa for choosing Top Knobs to transform her sister’s kitchen! See Vanessa’s entire One Room Challenge project here!