Our homes are often a reflection of our lives. If it's looking slightly chaotic and cluttered, it's most likely your schedule is the same. Your work/life balance pendulum might be swinging a little too far over into the professional camp. But there's a quick fix for that. You can use our guide to clean your home in under an hour and employ productivity hacks to make you win at your work life.
When it comes to your home, however, we suggest you try our favorite decorative product swap to give your home a much-need face-lift. What's this genius little item we speak of? Home hardware, of course. We're talking sprucing up those kitchen-cabinet pulls, knobs, and handles, swapping out outlets and switch plates, and making other accessories around your home user-friendly. These tiny swaps are a guaranteed way to upgrade any tired space in an instant (and for little money).
To discover some of the best options out there, we asked our interior designer friends to share their current favorites. From leather straps to Lucite handles, there's something for every taste and interior style.
"These drawer pulls are beautiful and practical (the perfect combo). The textured midsection provides the best grip, and the dark bronze works with so many colors." — Tali Roth, residential design.
"How sexy are these Lucite-and–matte metal pulls? Etsy is an excellent resource for finding handcrafted and bespoke products like this. This pick is an excellent way to upgrade a piece of furniture you already own or to put some glamor into a bathroom or personal space." — Janice Francois, director of interiors, Abramson Teiger Architects
"For most hardware, we shop at Liz's Antique Hardware in Los Angeles because they have beautiful new products along with a large inventory of antique hardware. We love using antique hardware (if it all matches) because we feel that it makes a project unique and gives it a depth of character. This piece (from Turnstyle Designs) is reminiscent of old luggage and is a great way to warm up a space. We also love their door handles." — Dorianne Passman, co-founder, Thea Home
"It is a 99% chance that these are going to be the drawer pulls in my new English country kitchen, and I am very very excited about them. Besides being beautiful, they make opening and closing the drawers so easy. Who knew a bin pull was much easier than a knob or pull?" — Emily Henderson, director, Emily Henderson Design
"We source classic hardware from Schoolhouse Electric. The price point is friendly, and the quality is always reliable. We love the Edgecliff Pull in Matte Bronze for its simple clean lines and proportion. It comes in three beautiful finishes, which make it an easy pick for any client." — Olivia Korenberg and Jenn Pablo, co-founders, TwoFold LA
"For kitchen hardware, we love these pulls by Manzoni. We used them in this kitchen because they are a modern take on a very traditional bin pull. The design is a very clean line, but the imperfect and somewhat antique finish on them brings the nostalgia. They were the perfect fit for that transitional kitchen." — Dorianne Passman
"We love Rocky Mountain Hardware. Their designs are always unique, and we find that they work well in a range of homes. We love this particular faucet for the aged finish and the unique handles, which are decorative but don't feel kitschy." — Olivia Korenberg and Jenn Pablo
"Don't ignore your switch plates! These forged brass jobbies are an instant upgrade to the crappy plastic ones that we've all come to expect. All-white walls in your house? Why not swap out your switch plates for these in oil-rubbed bronze to blow your friends' minds when they come over? So smooth and so clean." — Max Humphrey
"These are a splurge, but as Charles Eames said, the details are not the details. They make the design. I would use them in any feminine space. They're the perfect accent." — Jessica McClendon
"It's simple, it's classic, and it's informational, all very important things when it comes to house numbers. I recently used these to update the numbers on the exterior of my house and this simple fix makes a big impact to your curb appeal." — Emily Henderson
"I know every rule in the book says not to use wire hangers, but these guys are a little chunkier and a whole lot better than the usuals what with their brass color. So I am going to give a universal okay for you to use these in your closet just like me." — Brady Tolbert