Amerock Cabinet Knobs & Pulls
A homeowner who is buying a new home or considering a renovation can spend a surprising amount of time picking out cabinet knobs and pulls. The fact is the right cabinet hardware can help to bring all the elements together in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Amerock knobs and pulls can be simple and contemporary or beautifully carved vintage-style items.What finishes are available with Amerock cabinet knobs and pulls?
The many finishes cabinet hardware can have include oil rubbed bronze. The oil rubbed bronze finish gets its distinctive look form a chemical process that gives hardware an ageless look. Oil rubbed bronze has an attractive look of deep, coppery chocolate or dark gray. Since there’s no standard way to create oil rubbed bronze, every cabinet hardware company has their own formula, including Amerock.
Other finishes are brushed nickel, ceramic, and satin nickel. Amerock's satin nickel finish is made by adding a coat of nickel on dulled and lacquered brass. Polished chrome is another finish. This effect is achieved by putting a layer of chrome on steel or brass then polishing it. Since chrome doesn’t tarnish, it doesn’t have to have a protective lacquer. You can also choose satin chrome, flat black, rust, granite, brushed copper and antique brass. For this finish, the alloy is darkened to a rich, golden brown.
Amerock's golden champagne finish gives their hardware a soft, golden luster that’s more subtle than pure gold. Other finishes to choose from are gilded bronze, weathered nickel copper, polished gold brass, and antique silver. This isn’t real sterling silver, but a plating over a base metal that gives the underlying metal a smoky, silvery sheen.What materials is Amerock’s hardware made of?
Amerock cabinet hardware can be made of white porcelain. These are often found on cabinet knobs and painted with floral designs. Acrylic hardware is often clear and can take on the look of cut glass. It can be made of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc or bronze, an alloy of copper, tin and other metals. Oil rubbed bronze gives drawers and cabinet doors a vintage look.
Other materials are wood or metal with wood. Ceramic is another hardware material. These knobs are made of clay that’s fired at a lower temperature than porcelain. Knobs are made of glass, wrought iron, and copper as well. Copper is a metal prized for its ductility and malleability as well as its bright orange beauty. Copper weathers to a beautiful verdigris over time.What types of Amerock cabinet hardware are available?
- Door or cabinet knobs: Knobs can be wonderfully simple or ornamented with twists or beading around the rims. Others have delicate, formal curves, while others come in two pieces that screw into each other. Some are more square than round.
- Cabinet handles: Cabinet handles can also be simple, twisted, with “bird cages,” “claw feet,” fluted or acanthus leaf ends, and turnings. Others are made in the early Georgian style, which means that are highly polished with trapped oval rings.
- Bar pulls: These simple handles are just the thing for a contemporary style kitchen or bath. Some have textured inserts.
- Drawer cups: Drawer cups harken back to old-fashioned file cabinets.