Guide to Choosing Cabinet Hardware

Summer is the perfect time for home upgrades. You may have more time off work and the weather is often ideal. While you might lack the budget and resources for a full home renovation, small changes can make a big difference! If your cabinetry is the same as the day you moved in, refresh the look with new decorative hardware. How do you choose the right styles for your home?

Decorative Cabinet Hardware

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Know the Different Types

Top Knobs cabinet hardwareThe first step is to familiarize yourself with the various options available. You typically see knobs and pulls on cabinets, but there are so many sizes, shapes and styles. To start, what should you know about the basic hardware categories?


The most basic type of hardware, knobs have many different applications, from small knobs for pull-out bread boards to large knobs for tall cabinets. Knobs are also popular for their simple installation, so any homeowner can switch them out with a single screw.

Handles or Pulls

Cabinet pulls function best with taller, larger cabinets because of their own long shape. They are often used on wood-panel layovers that hide refrigerators and other big appliances. Pulls are mounted with multiple, thicker screws than knobs, but are also easy to install.

Latches & Catches

These two types of hardware are often confused, but have different looks and functions:

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Great Ideas For Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Lighting changes the whole look and feel of a space. Many customers think of Connecticut Lighting Centers for decorative lighting but are surprised to learn we can walk you through the remodeling process for the rooms in your home! For National High Five Day on April 18th, Better CT’s Scot Haney stopped by the showroom to see all the great ideas we have for kitchen or bath remodels.

Kitchen & Bath Products

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Functional Kitchen Lighting

Within Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have built a kitchen to show customers the many different ways light can enhance the look of the room. One innovative way to light areas of your kitchen that you’ve never been able to properly illuminate is with LED ribbon lighting.

Although the tape looks small, it has great light output and no glare inside a glass cabinet, since you can’t see the source. Apply above, below and even inside cabinets to save space.

For recessed lighting, we have cans from two to five inches wide in a variety of styles. From LED and integrated LED to incandescent, there are so many options to create the aesthetic you want! Recessed cans have incredible light input and a clean look for the ceiling.

We also have a large selection of decorative options that does the functional side right, but also serves as a nice focal point in your kitchen. From mini pendants to large pendants and fixtures, you can choose whatever you style you want.

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Connecticut Lighting Centers: More Than a Lighting Store!

Since 1972, Connecticut Lighting Centers has been known for its impressive inventory of indoor and outdoor lighting. While we do have one of the largest lighting displays in New England, we are so much more than a lighting store! Better Connecticut’s Kara Sundlun recently stopped by to have a look at our decorative hardware, home automation and home accents with Vice President, Todd Director.

Everything For Your Home

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Window Shade Installation

Connecticut Lighting Centers offers one-stop shopping for your home. In our window shade department, we carry everything from simple metal blinds to Roman, roller and honeycomb shades.

The experience is truly full-service; we’ll come to your house to take measurements, help you choose the perfect shades and install them for you for free.

You can also browse motorized window shades from Lutron, an international lighting control company. Lutron is the only company in the world that makes all the components for motorized window shades – including the remote control!

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

We have hundreds of mirrors on display throughout our stores, from vanity to accent. One of our most popular-selling models is the LED-lit mirror.

Do you ever feel the fluorescent or halogen light bulbs in your bathroom get too hot when standing by the mirror? LED-lit mirrors are a great solution, regardless if you have power by the sink or vanity. Simply turn the lights on and off with a tap of your finger on the mirror!

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Lighting Design Is All in the Details

Deer Valley North Townhomes in Ellington, CT is the latest project by Santini Homes Inc. The complex is a rental community of luxury apartments for which we provided the lighting and so much more! Each unit features products from the Connecticut Lighting Centers showrooms, from lights to ceiling fans and decorative hardware. Our Vice President, Todd Director, recently appeared on Better Connecticut to tour the townhomes with Scot Haney and Eric Santini. Let’s explore by room.

Lighting in the Kitchen

Unfortunately, most rental units will not spend the money to cut in recess lighting. Instead, there is a big fluorescent or LED light placed in the middle of the room as decoration. At Deer Valley North, we used recessed lighting for a cleaner look and pendant lights above the island for a more “homey” feel.

Customization in the Bathroom

The lighting in the unit bathrooms is more decorative, but still provides the quality lighting you need to complete tasks. Through our close partnerships with each vendor, we were able to customize wood frame mirrors specifically to what the Santini wanted for these rooms.

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Decorative Hardware For The Home

When you’re looking for decorative hardware for your kitchen, bathroom or entryway, Connecticut Lighting Centers is your one-stop-shop. WFSB’s Scot Haney recently came by our Hartford showroom looking for nails and bolts – hardware we do not carry. Todd Director gave him a personal tour of the showroom, which includes decorative bath, kitchen and bathroom cabinet and door hardware products.

Bath Hardware

Remodeling your bathroom? Come to Connecticut Lighting Centers, where we have every type of decorative bathroom hardware. From towel bars to toilet paper holders and shelving, we have it all. One of our most popular lines is Valsan, a Portuguese hardware company with beautiful attention-to-detail and functionality for your interior rooms.

Cabinet Hardware

We carry various styles of cabinet pulls and knobs for your kitchen or bathroom – even large refrigerator door pulls. Customers will find a price on every piece in the showroom, ranging from a very affordable $1.99 knob to more high-end knobs priced at $50.

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