Compliment Your New Cabinets By Picking Out the Perfect Hardware

The perfect adornment can take something from beautiful to stunning, from attractive to elegant – it elevates it.  Just look at the red carpet to see a perfect example of this.  A woman chooses a stunning gown or ensemble but what does she add to make the look perfect – jewelry.  A man chooses a perfectly tailored suit and looks very handsome but what does he add to take it to the next level – a great tie, a cool pin, or a unique pocket square.  Even the most gorgeous or handsome outfit looks better with the perfect accessory and it is the same for kitchens.  Even the best cabinetry looks better when accented with the perfect hardware.

Kitchen cabinet hardware includes knobs and pulls which are available in a wide variety of materials, colors/finishes, sizes, and price points. If you are remodeling your kitchen, the hardware you choose will likely be one of your last choices because, while it is important, it should accent and compliment your kitchen cabinetry, countertops, and general kitchen aesthetic.  First, it is best to determine what type of handle you prefer and then begin narrowing from there.  The Spruce explains how to determine what type of handle you want to use, “There are no strict rules to follow when choosing whether to select a knob or a pull or both. One preference is to use knobs for all doors and pulls for all drawers. For any large door such as a pantry and any pull-out door (such as pull-out base pantries or trash pull-outs), use a pull.  It is much more comfortable to open a drawer using a pull. This allows the whole hand to grab, instead of only your fingertips. This is extremely helpful since drawers can get very heavy with all of our pots, pans, dishes, etc. You can also stick to only knobs or only pulls.

The use of all knobs is a fad apparent in many older kitchens before there was a variety of hardware to select from. We don’t recommend it now because it can look dotty and generic.

The use of all pulls is a more contemporary look but is also seen in more traditional kitchens with a more traditional pull style.”

One you have determined which type of hardware (knob or pull) that you want to use, you need to think about size and how/where you will mount them (vertical or horizontal if using a pull).  Once you have determined size preference, you can begin looking at what selection of material and color you would like to use to best compliment your cabinetry.  There are many materials/colors from which to choose including chrome, nickel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, aluminum, black matte, oil-rubbed bronze, and more.  And, these finishes and materials may look different depending on brand so once you have determined what you want to use it is best to actually look at the finishes in person to ensure it is the style you want and that it compliments your cabinetry.  You may prefer to match your cabinet hardware with other finishes in your kitchen, so if you have a stainless steel faucet or appliances, you may opt for something that has that silver  – but it is not a hard and fast rule and mixed metals or finishes can look great when done well.  Choose a cabinet pull that accents and compliments your kitchen cabinetry and overall kitchen aesthetic to elevate the look of your kitchen.