7 Steps to Achieving the Kitchen Island of Your Dreams

Improve your kitchen functionality with a few simple additions

The workhorse. The dining table. The desk. The prep station. Today, kitchen islands have become more than just a focal point – they’ve become the center of activity. Making prep work, entertaining, and dining easier than ever, the kitchen island provides endless functionality. And the best part? You don’t have to sacrifice beauty. It can be both functional AND beautiful.

From under-counter storage and housing your appliances to stylish small details like mix and matching hardware, you can take your kitchen island from workable and efficient, to sleek and stunning.

Check out our tips below on how to create a dreamy kitchen island:

It’s All in the Details

Is your style more traditional, modern, minimalist, or transitional? Do you prefer bold accents or subtle charm? No matter what you love, make sure you choose hardware that perfectly complements your style. With knobs, pulls and appliance pulls available in over 25 collections and 30 finish options, choose from endless decorative pieces to help create the ultimate focal point.

The Modern Metro tab pulls shown in Flat Black is a sleek showstopper.

Decorative Hooks and Storage

No one likes a cluttered countertop…right? Consider adding a few well-positioned hooks under your island counter to add a decorative yet purposeful touch, allowing you to hang backpacks, small pots, or other items, all while freeing up counter space.

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

Seating

For some homeowners, island seating is an informal area used for quick meals and to connect with whoever is in the kitchen. For others, it’s a more formal area where many meals are shared. No matter how you use your kitchen island seating, we recommend keeping the following in mind whenever choosing new seating: chair height, comfort, and style.

These gold metal bar chairs are the perfect complement to this kitchen island. The bronze finish brings a pop of color to this traditional kitchen and perfectly pairs with Top Knobs’ Honey Bronze hardware that adorns the cabinetry, while the height and spacing leave enough room for guests to sit comfortably.

Storage

Being the central hub, it’s only natural for the kitchen island to become a drop zone for everything from books and laptops, to schoolbags and snacks. Adding additional storage like a small bookshelf or cubby helps keep items neatly stowed away and organized.

Cabinetry

While the options for cabinetry seem to be endless, have fun exploring customization options that help make your island yours. Taking the time to add extra detail to your cabinetry like glass panels and column legs, to bold colors and open shelving creates the perfect opportunity to have your island shine in the kitchen.

One trend we love is incorporating a pop of color – the contrast of the white kitchen cabinets and black kitchen island creates a neutrally cohesive, yet stunning look.

Integrated Appliances

You’ve chosen the perfect countertop, but do you really want to clutter it with appliances? For a real space saver, we recommend integrating appliances like a microwave or wine fridge into your island to maximize space and storage.

And for an easy and stunning upgrade, swap your appliance pulls for a perfectly matched look throughout the kitchen. Our Regents Park and Morris collections offer robust ranges of styles and finishes, allowing you to take customization to the next level.

Mix & Match Hardware

A simple, yet subtle, design choice to elevate your cabinetry even further is to mix and match your decorative hardware. The combination of knobs, bar pulls, and cup pulls, can give your island a slightly different look and feel without straying too far from your kitchen’s overall design.

Our go-to favorite, the Channing Series, offers knobs, pulls, cup pulls, and backplates that can be combined to establish a cohesive look.

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Defining Design: Leading Interior Design Genres of 2022 and Complementing Decorative Hardware from Top Knobs

Interior Design – /in-te-ri-or de-sign/: the art or process of planning the aesthetic and execution of architectural interiors and spaces.

Design comes in all shapes, sizes and formats. From neutral color palettes to modular furniture and avant-garde accessories, each component of a room should come together in complete harmony to craft a space to be relished in.

Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom, refreshing a kitchen or redecorating an entire home, your abode should reflect you and your taste, and when it comes to homewares and fixtures, we believe you should have the same opportunity to express yourself.

Read on as we break down today’s leading interior genres and coordinating Top Knobs decorative hardware offerings to help you craft a look that speaks to you and your home:

Traditional

One of the most popular and enduring design schemes, traditional interiors are evocative of classic European decor. Rich wood tones, prominent architectural details, understated finishes and elegant furnishings often accompany spaces rooted in traditionalism.

For traditional interiors, we recommend knobs and pulls from our Chareau® collection. The subtle details and soft silhouettes that enhance each series in the collection invite timeless charm and classic perfection to all households.

Minimalism

One of the most considered modern styles, minimalism can often be mistaken as cold and severe. The key to achieving this aesthetical approach and crafting a serene environment is to focus on simplicity, refinement and functionality. Minimalist interiors are defined by a soft neutral palette, limited ornamentation and visual symmetry.

Our tab pulls including offerings from the Europa, Minetta and Modern Metro series complements minimalist environments. Each pull seamlessly blends into the cabinetry and furniture they adorn, for an uncompromised look.

Transitional

Perhaps one of our favorite interior design categories, transitional spaces offer plenty of interest and prevent rooms from leaning in the direction of a particular style. The best transitional settings boast a balance of traditional furnishings with modern elements while establishing a warm and welcoming environment.

Our Transcend collection is the very essence of transitional design. The combination of easy shapes, refined features and broad finish options makes this collection an effortless match to marry multiple trends.

Modern Farmhouse

Today’s take on modern farmhouse is rooted in rustic charm peppered with opulent and technical elements. Striking just the right ratio of countryside chic and sophistication, modern farmhouse interiors emphasize casual living with contemporary sensibility.

The Channing series, featured in our Barrington collection encompasses the heart and soul of modern farmhouse flair. Each knob, pull and cup pull in this series has been crafted to evoke feelings of comfortability and familiarity to make each room instantly feel like home.

Mid-Century Modern

The retro whimsy and flamboyant nuances of Mid-Century Modern details have experienced a resurgence in recent years. The beloved round edges, smooth surfaces and organic movements of 1950s accessories have been updated for today’s young homeowners who have an appreciation for vintage details.

Serving as an homage to this iconic design movement, our Lynwood collection encapsulates the electric nature of the mid 20th century.  Each piece in this complete line of knobs, pulls, cup pulls, and backplates feature a unique look produced during this time.

Industrial

As the name implies, Industrial interiors conjure an urban atmosphere, with exposed building materials and factory-like elements outfitting the space. Open floor plans with strategically placed furniture to define each “room” commonly accompany industrial-style homes, with a muted or gray-scale color scheme and minimalistic accessories to finish the look.

Versatile in form and function, our Asbury collection is the ideal accouterment for industrial dwellings. Series including Bit, Charlotte and Arendal offer lean physiques with mechanical detailing from exposed faux screws to two-toned metallic finishes.

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Top Knobs, Top Designs of 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time where we reflect on the year behind us and celebrate the one ahead.

This year has been a major year for interior designs. Throughout 2021 we saw designers and homeowners stepping out of their creative comfort zones to craft spaces full of life, color and energy.

Before we jump into the new year, we’re taking a walk down memory lane. Join us as we reminisce on some of our favorite Top Knobs designs that just may leave you feeling inspired to add some bold style selections to your own home in 2022.

Entryway

Mud Room

Laundry Room

Home Bar

Kitchen

Pantry

Living Room

Home Office

Powder Room

Guest Bath

Primay Bath

Primary Suite

Kids Room

Closet

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Top Knobs’ Trending Decorative Finishes

Designing a home has never been more exciting. Whether you’re starting a new build or simply redesigning a room, there are more options than ever to bring a space to life.

From material selection to color palette coordination, and every detailed decision big or small, the art of interior decorating allows designers and homeowners to explore their creative roots and infuse each project with dynamism and energy.

At Top Knobs, we believe your home should reflect your personal style and when it comes to furnishings, we say “let the fixtures do the talking”. With over 30 finish options, our knobs and pulls coordinate with schemes to become the finishing touch that completes every design.

Read on as we sound off on our top finishes that are trending this season:

Flat Black

Flat Black has become the go-to decorative hardware finish for designers and homeowners over the last few years and is still proving to reign supreme.

Always in style, this opulent shade pairs well with every vision ranging from traditional to contemporary and style in between.

Ash Gray

Invite drama to interiors without completely going to the dark side dark by adorning cabinetry with decorative hardware in Ash Gray.

A luxe alternative to the deep black finishes that have been trending in home design, this charcoal pigment creates a moody ambiance that complements a range of colors.

Honey Bronze

A perfect marriage of old-world brass and modern gold, Honey Bronze lends a chic twist to the time-honored aurous hue.

Warm, inviting and deliciously captivating, Honey Bronze hardware establishes a relaxing atmosphere to be relished for years to come.

Polished Nickel

Illuminating and refined, Polished Nickel adds classical charm to interior spaces.

Its adaptive color and lustrous surface make it a desirable option for cabinet drawers and doors as well as appliances.

Brushed Satin Nickel

A cool alternative to its polished counterpart, Brushed Satin Nickel lends a smooth velvety finish to kitchen and bath cabinetry.

This versatile hue can be paired with a wide variety of color palettes and decor making it a popular choice for today’s modern designs. 

Oil Rubbed Bronze

Inspired by the glamour of vintage design, decorative hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze invites a rich and luxurious ambiance to interior environments.

When placed upon cabinetry in a room filled with natural light, Oil Rubbed Bronze instantly catches the eye with its striking metallic sheen.

Tuscan Bronze

With influences rooted in traditional Italian design, Tuscan Bronze elevates a room with deep amber undertones that instantly brighten up cabinetry with a shimmering glow.

Highlighted with nuances of copper accents, knobs and pulls in this ocher overtone blanket interiors in a cozy atmosphere.

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Hidden Gems: 6 Spaces to Enhance with Decorative Hardware

When incorporating decorative hardware into the home, two rooms instantly come to mind, the kitchen and bath. Traditionally, knobs and pulls were placed on cabinetry in these spaces as a finishing touch that adds personality and style to the room.

Today, we’re going to share a little secret about decorative hardware that will cast an alluring impact on the entire home…

Are you ready?

Decorative hardware can be installed in every room!

The right knobs and pulls have the power to transform any room or piece of furniture into a custom creation.

Step out of your kitchen and bath comfort zones and read on for inspiration as we share six spaces to enhance with decorative hardware.

Glamorized Closets

Replicate your favorite clothing store by spicing up your closet.

If space allows, add in a charming dresser embellished with jewelry-inspired knobs and pulls. The Crystal collection is perfect for closets. Place a clothing rack at its side to make outfit curation a breeze.

If short on space, install custom shelves to neatly house apparel. Install glamourous hooks from the Ryland collection to display accessories.

Soothing Entertainment Settings

Movie nights are about to become a bit more dramatic.

As the focal point of most living rooms, the entertainment console demands attention. Give it the facelift it deserves by dressing it with decorative pieces that won’t go unnoticed.

Warm bronze tones are a great option for this room. The Honey Bronze finish establishes a calming vibe for those cozy nights in.

Dynamic Dining Rooms

Impress the guests at your next dinner party by serving more than a delicious meal. Dazzle them by decorating the room with statement-making hardware.

From buffet tables and credenzas to china cabinets, each piece of furniture beacons its own set of knobs and pulls that will transform it into a conversation piece.

The Brixton series works like magic in this room. The captivating details found on the knobs and pulls effortlessly draw the eyes in.

Enchanting Entryways

The foyer is the first glimpse guests have of your home.

Leave a lasting impression on each person who walks through the door by designing an inviting space. Set the tone with a series of built-ins where visitors can take a seat, remove their coat or shoes and make themselves comfortable in your home.

Enhance this space even more by adding functional storage accessorized by stylish and modern Flat Black pulls. This will provide guests with a safe space to store their belongings.

Chef Worthy Pantries

The pantry is the perfect area to be adventurous and experiment with design.

Although hidden, the pantry is an extension of the kitchen and arguably one of the most used sections of this part of the home. As a place reserved for meal prepping, it should spark creativity and flavor and serve as an inspiration for recipes.

In this room, opt for a daring cabinet color, one that you’ve always wanted to try, then take the look one step further with contrasting knobs or pulls for added interest.

Elevated Nooks

Be it the end of a hallway, the unused side of a kitchen or a large blank wall, there’s always an unused section of the home begging for some TLC.

Whether you plan for a small workspace, reading corner or crafting zone, transforming this unused space into a beloved spot is simple.

Start with a fresh coat of paint to define the space, personalize with wall decor and add in a piece of furniture that fits your needs. Accessorize the space even further by upgrading the hardware on your furniture selection. The Hopewell pulls are sure to make a statement that will complete your space.

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