Tips for Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Kitchen Cabinets

June 15, 2018

Whether you’re having a cabinet company design your cabinetry for you or you’re purchasing stock cabinets from a local home improvement store, you’ll want to give some consideration to the kind of hardware you’ll place on those cabinets. After all, most kitchen cabinets are not sold with their hardware, meaning it’s up to you to decide the kinds of knobs and pulls you want to add on to your brand new cabinets.

This decision can be a little harrowing, especially if you’re not one for do-it-yourself remodeling. However, here are some tips that will help you choose the right hardware for your home’s kitchen cabinets:

    • Have a theme in mind: Do you have a certain theme or design aesthetic in mind for your kitchen? You probably do, if you’ve already ordered the cabinetry. Keep this theme in mind when ordering your hardware, and consider what works best with that chosen theme. Pulls that are sleek and tubular are ideal for contemporary, modern kitchens. Traditional cabinets can benefit from simple, smooth knobs, while country or farmhouse cabinets can benefit from hardware with an antique sort of appearance.
    • Keep finishes consistent: Hardware comes in a wide variety of finishes, including brass, chrome and brushed nickel. While you might mix up some of the types of hardware you use in your kitchen, you should do your absolute best to keep the finishes of those pieces of hardware as consistent as possible—otherwise the odd ducks will stick out like a sore thumb.
    • Knobs versus pulls: Knobs and pulls are not necessarily interchangeable—the type of kitchen design you have will dictate which you choose. A good general rule is when the cabinets are ornate or detailed, you should go with a knob, as it is smaller and won’t take attention away from the cabinet design. But if the cabinets themselves are rather plain or simple, a pull might work better.
    • Consider cabinet color: When choosing a finish for your hardware, you should also consider the color of the cabinets. With white or painted cabinets you’ll be able to make just about any finish work. However, certain wood shades and shades of brown might not have the same sort of flexibility.
    • Consider appliances and fixtures: If you have already matched the finishes and colors of your appliances and fixtures, it could make sense to match the cabinet hardware to them as well. You should try not to mix metal finishes too much, as the clashing colors could take away from the beauty of your cabinetry.
    • Keep quality in mind: You’ll find hardware at a wide range of prices. While you don’t need to pay top dollar for good hardware, you should also take some time to consider the quality of the piece and whether or not taking the cheapest option is actually going to provide you with a satisfactory result.

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