Your Guide to Traditional and Organic Hardware Materials

by Kacey BradleyAugust 10, 2018

Your Guide to Traditional and Organic Hardware Materials

Being a homeowner is a major milestone in life because it opens the door for even more independence. You aren’t tied down to a lease or landlord who can control what you do on your property and how you handle it. If you don’t like the trees in your yard or the color of your living room, you can change everything to be more personalized and feel like home.

Whether you’re building your home or looking to renovate, there are endless options for what you can do to make the place more of your own. Some renovations mean changing out cabinet handles, while others can be as extensive as getting your lawn entirely redesigned.

To change things up, you need to know what you’re switching over to. The materials you choose will affect the quality of what you’re installing and might even cause ripple affects you wouldn’t think about. Read on for a list of traditional and organic hardware materials that will help you make informed decisions before you renovation starts.

1. Stainless Steel Material

Stainless steel is most commonly used in the kitchen area of homes because it’s sleek and easy to clean. It gets its name because the metal is made of an anti-corrosive element. If you’re looking to be more earth-friendly with how you live, this is the material for you.

a beautiful bright modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Stainless steel can be melted down and recycled, so it’s eco-friendly. In addition to being kind to the earth after you’re done using it, it lasts a long time. Because it’s anti-corrosive, it has an extremely long lifespan compared to other building materials that could be used for the same projects. You’ll be getting more use out of your money by opting for stainless steel.

2. Marble Material

To make certain building materials, there can be a lot of energy and production put into the building process before it ever gets to your home. Marble is slightly different. It’s naturally occurring in nature, so the only way it’ll impact the earth is through transportation. It’s a heavy material, which will require more effort in getting it to your home.

Bathroom vanity with marble counter top.

Marble will also require some upkeep, depending on what you use it for. It’s commonly used for floors and counter tops, so after some time you’ll notice that it’ll begin to crack. Make sure you know which sealer is right for the marble before you install it so you’re prepared for the future.

3. Glass Material

Some materials can be used across nearly any renovation or installation. Glass is one of those! People use glass for windows, showers and even cabinetry. Glass can be woven into the smallest detail like knobs and pulls. Glass is also a traditional material that can add color and consistency to your home, especially if it’s a high-quality kiln-fired glass from a trusted supplier.

Modern master bath in luxury home with glass shower.

4. Wood Material

If you had to guess a common hardware material, the first thing you’d think about would probably be wood. There are so many types of wood to choose from, which is exciting if you’re looking for more customization in your project.

The interior of remodeled sun room addition to home and decor including small table with chairs bamboo flooring and view from window.

Traditional wood options will be available online or any local hardware store for you to choose from, but there are organic options to consider as well. Bamboo is an eco-friendly alternative for woodwork. It can be made in eco-friendly processes and breaks down naturally when you’re done using it. It can even look exactly like any other wood flooring, so you don’t have to compromise on the way you want your home to be able to stick to green alternatives.

5. Stone Material

For anyone looking for organic hardware materials, you don’t have to look any further than stone. It’s naturally occurring, so there won’t be any synthetic ingredients used to get it to look right. It’s an affordable material and lasts a long time, with little to no upkeep in the decades it’ll serve your home.

A living room with an open window one side of the wall is made of stone material.

Choosing which hardware materials you’re going to use in your home renovation or construction is a tough choice. There are so many options to look through that you might be feeling overwhelmed. To help narrow down the list, look up which materials are traditional and which are organic. You’ll be able to more easily decide which material is right for you once you know how they’re made and what they’re made of.

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About The Author
Kacey Bradley
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS,, and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!