Swap in these hinges to give old or modern cabinets a brand-new look.
The antithesis of their contemporary "hidden" counterparts, architectural hinges are natural scene-stealers, with creative shapes, ornate hand-carved designs, and fine finishes.
This parliament hinge in antique pewter is designed for the
long doors of a wardrobe. The projecting "flag" allows the
door to open fully and lie flat against the wall. 8 3/4 in.;
Eighteenth-century blacksmiths often took their inspiration from nature. This hand-forged iron staghorn, traditionally used on corner cabinets, gets installed with the scroll on the door and the "rat tail" pintle on the frame. 6 in.; $60 for a pair; ballandball-us.com
Although the olive-shaped knuckle design has been around for more than 200 years, the retro-modern look and polished nickel finish make it at home in contemporary settings. 3 in. by 21⁄4 in.; $228; erbutler.com
The square shape of this ball-bearing pewter hinge is ideal for a door or window that swings outward 180 degrees and must clear a projection, such as decorative molding. 2 1/2 in. by 2 1/2 in.; $275 for a pair;
This polished-brass hinge, with its one wide and one narrow leaf, was created for use on tall-case clocks. The design allows for a half-overlay door—one that partially covers the surrounding cabinet frame. 1 1/4 in. by 1 12 in.; $23; whitechapel-ltd.com
This gold-plated French hinge is a splurge, but could be just the thing to dress up an heirloom china cabinet. The design of the two leaves allows the door to be safely lifted off without removing the pin or screws. 4 in. by 2 in.; $750 for a pair; peguerin.com
A cast-iron Victorian hinge from 1880 has lost the majority of its copper plating, but its intricately carved patterns are still bold. 3 1/2 in. by 3 1/2 in.; $50 per pair; rejuvenation.com
This cast-brass hinge with Arts and Crafts flair was inspired by the work of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and would look right at home
on a Stickley sideboard. 3 in. by 2 in.; $29 for a pair; horton-brasses.com