Featured Suite: Rope

Continuing our featured suite series, we focus next on the second grouping in the 2009 new product supplement: the Rope Suite. When originally introduced, it consisted of just three pieces, and was available only in five finishes. Due to demand, it’s now available in all of our ten signature finishes. Let’s examine its individual elements.

Knobs

B674 knob

B674-31-OC
B674-31-OC

The B674-31 is one of the three original pieces in this suite. It features the braided rope design around the rim of the knob. With a 1¼” diameter, it is similar in size to many of our other standard round knobs while offering a decorative alternative to more traditional styles. As with all of the hardware suites, this item is solid brass and available in 10 finishes.

B721 knob

B721-VB
B721-VB

In response to customer requests, the original B711 knob has been replaced by the new B721, which was introduced in spring of 2009. This oblong knob has the same look and braided design of the B711; however, it has been enlarged slightly. Where the B711 knob was 1¼” in diameter and 1” in height, the B721 knob is 1½” in diameter with a height of 1¼”.

Other knobs

161-IR
161-IR

Since all of the pieces in the Cliffside signature line are available in all ten finishes and are all made from the same material, any knob can be used with the Rope Suite, if you prefer not to utilize the above designs. In the new product supplement, the B674 and B721 are accompanied by the 161 knob, but any other knob can also be used.

Pulls

Rope 3-8-12
K344 series pulls in 3"cc, 8"cc and 12"cc models

Before our recent line expansion, the K344 series was notably inconsistent, with the 3″cc pull available in the BNI finish while the 12″cc appliance pull was available in SS (Silver Satin). We are pleased to announce that all of the pieces are now available in the SS finish only, allowing you a greater freedom to choose pieces that match your hardware! The newest piece is the K344-8, a stylish size that is appropriate for oversized pantry doors or for appliances like dishwashers and trash compactors with wood panel kits.

K544-AB
K544-AB

This suite is the only one to receive a completely new cup pull as well; it was designed in conjunction with our suppliers especially for Cliffside Industries. Borrowing the braided design of the K344 and following the style of the ever-popular K4235, the new K544 cup makes a bold statement on any drawer.

Accessories

SBCL-PN
SBCL-PN

Each Cliffside suite can be accompanied by the use of one or more latches. Cliffside offers two styles: the IBCL finger latch, and the SBCL turn latch. Each is cast from solid brass and will prove more durable in the long run than any similar products made of inferior materials. Cliffside also offers the widest variety of finishes in the industry for both of these products.

BH2A-FB-NF
BH2A-FB-NF

Cliffside’s solid brass hinges are the perfect solution for matching an exposed hinge to your hardware. Made with solid one-piece construction, our hinges have been developed with the finest European craftsmen to bring you a product that remains unchanged over the years and continues to provide the high quality you deserve and expect. Cliffside currently offers six hinge styles, with a new seventh style arriving in early 2010. The BH2A hinge is available with our signature steeple finial (17 finishes), a ball finial (11 finishes), or no finial (11 finishes). Its larger counterpart, the BH3A, is available with its signature minaret finial in 13 finishes. The BH2A-NM non-mortise butt hinge has 16 finishes to choose from with the signature finial, and 11 finishes with a ball tip as well. The newest hinge style, BH3A-NM — a larger non-mortise hinge — will be available with the signature finial in 11 finishes coming in early 2010. Additionally, Cliffside offers two styles of offset hinges and two styles of armoire hinges to supply your cabinet construction needs.

The moral?

Let yourself get roped in to buying Cliffside hardware this winter – you won’t regret it!

Featured suite: Scroll

The Scroll Suite is a collection of some of Cliffside’s most popular items. As with all of our solid brass hardware suites, it is made from high-quality material and available in our top ten signature finishes. Let’s examine the individual elements of this suite in closer detail.

Knobs

100 series knobs

100-PB
100-PB

When Cliffside Industries was founded over 23 years ago, it began with one item: the 100 knob in polished brass. From this one item, Cliffside has expanded to carry a variety of hardware styles, materials, sizes, and suppliers, but the 100 remains our top-selling piece. The standard mushroom-shaped knob has a 1¼” diameter and stands 1⅛” high. Constructed from solid brass, the 100 has a distinctive flat face, unique among many of the other round-faced knobs found in today’s kitchen and bath showrooms.

100-20-SS
100-20-SS

100-20 series knobs

The first two item numbers in this suite are similar for a very important reason: the 100-20 is simply the 100 knob’s baby brother. Standing just under ¾” tall and with a ¾” diameter, the 100-20 is perfect for applications requiring a space saver, like a pull-out cutting board, miniature drawer or door, or the front of a jewelry cabinet. It has all of the advantages and style of the 100 in 60% of the space.

105 series knobs

105-VB
105-VB

Following the same simple styling of the 100 series, the 105 is a oblong shape called by many names (egg, football, etc.). Whatever its moniker, it is still one of Cliffside’s top ten selling products, and has been around almost since the beginning. At 1¼” long and just under ½” wide, the knob is comparable in size to many others in the Cliffside signature line, though it is among the tallest at just under 1½”. The 105 also comes with small brads to aid in installation: when the piece is installed on the cabinet, simply insert the brad into the small hole provided in the back of the stem. The brad will affix the knob to the cabinet in the user’s preferred position (vertical or horizontal) and keep it from rotating if it should become loose.

Pulls

Scroll-3-8-12
Scroll suite pulls in 3"cc, 8"cc, and 12"cc

All Cliffside hardware suites are defined by their pulls and this one is no exception. The SP series pulls are available in 3 sizes — 3″cc, 8″cc, and 12″cc (all sizes shown). Each one features the same attractive  scrolled design in the middle of the pull. The grip height of the 3″cc model is ¾”, while the 8″cc and 12″cc designs share a 1″ grip height. Each pull is accompanied by decorative escutcheons or backplates, which can be used or discarded at your discretion. All of the pulls in this series are, of course, solid brass, which makes them heavier and more durable than competitors’ zinc, aluminum, or steel products.

K4235-IR
K4235-IR

Each hardware suite also features a unique cup pull. For the traditional scroll design, Cliffside chose the half-circle bin pull known as K4235. #5 on our list of top ten-selling items, the K4235 is our top-selling cup and an example of Cliffside’s classic styling. As with the standard pulls and all of Cliffside’s solid brass cups, it measures 3″cc. The K4235 is 3½” in overall length, with a height of 1¾” and a projection of ⅞”.

Accessories

Latches

Each Cliffside suite can be accompanied by the use of one or more latches. Cliffside offers two styles: the IBCL finger latch, and the SBCL turn latch. Each is cast from solid brass and will prove more durable in the long run than any similar products made of inferior materials. Cliffside also offers the widest variety of finishes in the industry for both of these products.

BH2A-AE-BALL
BH2A-AE-BALL

Hinges

Cliffside’s solid brass hinges are the perfect solution for matching an exposed hinge to your hardware. Made with solid one-piece construction, our hinges have been developed with the finest European craftsmen to bring you a product that remains unchanged over the years and continues to provide the high quality you deserve and expect. Cliffside currently offers six hinge styles, with a new seventh style arriving in early 2009. The BH2A hinge is available with our signature steeple finial (17 finishes), a ball finial (11 finishes), or no finial (11 finishes). Its larger counterpart, the BH3A, is available with its signature minaret finial in 13 finishes. The BH2A-NM non-mortise butt hinge has 16 finishes to choose from with the signature finial, and 11 finishes with a ball tip as well. The newest hinge style, BH3A-NM — a larger non-mortise hinge — will be available with the signature finial in 11 finishes coming in early 2010. Additionally, Cliffside offers two styles of offset hinges and two styles of armoire hinges to supply your cabinet construction needs.

The moral?

Remember to contact Cliffside Industries for all of your cabinet hardware needs this holiday season!

You’ve met your match!

Trying to coordinate all of the fixtures in your kitchen? Having a tough time finding hardware to match? Tired of looking at sample after sample of hardware? Well, look no further! By popular demand, Cliffside is now offering a “finish guide” to coordinate our most popular colors with some of the biggest names in the kitchen and bath fixture industry.

Antique Brass

Antique Brass
Antique Brass

To match Cliffside’s Antique Brass finish, we suggest Kohler’s “vibrant French gold,” which complements the warm golden tone of AB, or “vibrant brushed bronze,” which matches the detailing shown in an antique brass piece.

Black

Coordinating with FB is no difficult task; however, Cliffside offers some suggestions. Both Moen and Kohler offer a “matte black” finish, which is the closest to Cliffside’s black; Delta’s “black” and Grohe’s “black” finishes will also match well. Kohler also offers a “black black” finish, which is more of a gloss black. You can coordinate with FB or with Cliffside’s Nickel Chrome finish. For a contrast, try black hardware with stainless steel.

Iron

Unfortunately, our research team was unable to locate any faucets that matched Cliffside’s Iron finish; however, it adds a decorative accent to any room while maintaining the popular gray tones that you might find in a standard stainless or black faucet.

Old Antique

Old Antique
Old Antique

Matching the Old Antique was certainly not our easiest job. The best match that we have located is American Standard’s “blackened bronze” finish, which highlights the rich, dark color of Old Antique. If you are looking for a contrast with your OA instead, consider the “ivory” finish from Moen, or the  “biscuit” and “almond” finishes from Kohler.

Old Copper

None of the major manufacturers provide a copper finish to match Cliffside’s Old Copper at this time; however, there are plenty of antique copper faucets on the market from smaller manufacturers that would look smashing with this finish.

Polished Brass

The old hardware standby, Polished Brass, is not wildly popular in the world of faucets and plumbing. However, American Standard still manufactures a “polished brass” faucet, and Kohler has the “vibrant polished brass” finish available, if the lustrous gold of PB strikes your fancy.

Polished Chrome

Does it get any easier than this? All five of the top manufacturers in the plumbing industry (Grohe, Delta, Moen, Kohler, and American Standard) make a wide variety of polished chrome faucets and fixtures; you can find nearly any style you want in this finish, and Cliffside’s recently expanded Polished Chrome line complements it perfectly. Kohler also offers a “brushed chrome” for a more subdued look.

Polished Nickel

Polished Nickel
Polished Nickel

In contrast to the popular Polished Chrome above, only Kohler, with their “vibrant polished nickel,” has a finish in faucets to match the warmer color of Cliffside’s Polished Nickel. However, for designers looking to utilize polished nickel hardware, a stainless or brushed nickel faucet should match the warm color tone very well.

Stainless Steel

 The juggernaut of the plumbing industry, Cliffside’s Stainless Steel hardware (BNA finish) matches perfectly with any stainless steel fixture, which is offered by all of the top five manufacturers in a variety of styles. With this finish, you can match nearly any fixture style you prefer.

Silver Satin 

The Silver Satin will match any of the above stainless products and more! American Standard also offers a “satin nickel” finish, and Kohler offers a variety of gray-toned brushed finishes, including “vibrant stainless” and “vibrant brushed nickel.”

Venetian Bronze

Venetian Bronze
Venetian Bronze

Cliffside’s VB finish takes its name from Delta’s “Venetian bronze;” however, it also shares a color tone with the “oil-rubbed bronzes” of Kohler and Grohe. The copper showing through on the details and edges matches well with all of these finishes, but if you want the hardware to be slightly more subdued, you can easily match all of these faucets with the Old Antique as well.

Add a splash of color

This aqua crystal can add a vibrant element of color to your cabinet.
This aqua crystal can add a vibrant element of color to your cabinet.

There are many ways to bring some more color into your kitchen. If you’re considering a remodel instead of a full kitchen replacement in these tough economic times, consider some of these tips to bring a new level of creativity to your home.

Hot Colors with Stainless Appliances

With stainless steel appliances still at the forefront of the kitchen world, designers have a variety of options when it comes to pairing up cabinets and cabinet hardware. Since stainless steel is reflective and therefore sheds a lot of light around the kitchen, bold colors can be used to accent the kitchen and its appliances, rather than simply matching them with silver satin or stainless steel hardware.

One of the most popular movements in cabinetmaking today is the trend toward deep, saturated colors on cabinets. This also holds true for hardware; one of the most popular Cliffside finishes is the rich, brown Old Antique. There are two effective ways to pair hardware with these cabinets. One way is to match the colors. To do this, you have to look closely at your cabinets to determine whether the stain or paint color has a yellow base or a blue base. For yellow-based colors, Cliffside offers polished brass, antique brass, and gold finishes, while silver satin, polished nickel, polished chrome, and stainless steel look smashing with blue-based paints and stains.

You can also select fully saturated colors for your hardware as well to give it a classic and dynamic look. Aside from the old antique, other finishes that are available in this family include iron, old copper, and black, as well as the new Venetian bronze, coming soon.

Buying new hardware for your cabinets

Some important tips to remember when buying new hardware, in today’s Cliffside blog.

Measure twice

This pull has a 3-inch cc, or center to center.
This pull has a 3-inch cc, or center to center.

If replacing old hardware, make sure that you have carefully measured the space that you want it to fill. It’s always a good idea to have a concept of the overall length of your old hardware, the overall length of your new hardware, and the cc (center-to-center) measurements of each, otherwise known as the distance between the screw holes. If installing new hardware, make sure that the space you are installing in is wide enough or long enough to accommodate the hardware that you like. A good tip is to bring a piece of your old hardware with you, if it’s available, to see how the sizes will match up. If you can’t find something to match, especially for a pull or a cabinet that might be slightly damaged on the surface, consider backplates to cover up rogue screw holes or scratch marks.

Mix it up

Using just one hardware style for a kitchen or bathroom may bring a look of continuity; then again, it may just promote boredom. Toward that end, consider finding a second style of hardware that matches the one you like. For example, if you chose Cliffside’s 161 knob for your doors, you could use the B1 pulls for your drawers; these pieces match wll because of their beveled edges. Another possibility is the B674-31 rope-style knob and the K344 rope style pull. You can also coordinate your hardware with the other fixtures in your kitchen or bath, such as stainless steel or oil-rubbed bronze faucets, or perhaps even copper mixing bowls.

Make your space “yours”

Ice box latches add a unique flair to any cabinet.
Ice box latches add a unique flair to any cabinet.

Find something unique that makes your cabinets stand out from a crowd. Hardware is available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and colors, from knobs shaped like animals to shiny chrome and nickel. Some tips to this end: Don’t combine high-polish finishes with natural-looking grained wood; the combination of the two will clash. Instead, consider finding contrast. Dark finishes on wood look striking next to light-colored hardware, and the opposite holds true as well.

Make smart choices

If you are making your cabinets into a DIY project, be sure to consult with someone who understands them well. A bad choice regarding hinges or catches could cause problems on your cabinets for years. Make sure that you always consider high-quality materials for all of your cabinet hardware, and always make sure that your doors and hinges are mounted properly. Improper installation can cause undue wear and tear and can make cheaper products wear out in a mere matter of months.

As always, if you have any questions about anything you see on the blog, be sure to contact Cliffside’s customer service staff!