Cabinetry is one of the most important features inside a home. Most realtors, rental agents, and homebuilders prioritize cabinets as a critical aesthetic and functional component in any home. But there is more than just the material, style, and finish to think about when it comes to your cabinets’ look and functionality.
It may not seem like it, but there is an almost innumerable number of options to choose from when it comes to cabinet hardware. Do you want to go with a handle or a knob? Do you want a metallic finish or something matte? We will help guide you through some of the most common options when it comes to cabinet hardware.
Cabinet hardware is essentially the device with which you open your cabinets. When we talk about cabinet hardware, we’re usually talking about pulls or knobs, which come in such a variety you’ll never need to worry about them looking generic. While cabinet hardware may seem like a trivial aesthetic decision, such options can significantly impact your cabinets’ functionality and can tie a room together or cause a clash.
Knobs come in all shapes and sizes, so it is up to you to decide which one is right for you. A traditional knob might feature a rounded knob or a flat circular design. Such designs are tried and true and have been used by homeowners for decades in various colors and materials to suit the aesthetic of any kitchen or bathroom.
If you want to spice it up a little bit, specialty designs like the T-style European knobs, ceramic, glass, and pressed metals are now available and are sure to make an impression. You may also be able to order custom knobs with different patterns, colors, or shapes. If your home is near the shore, you might like a knob with a coastal design—shaped like a seashell, anchor, or starfish, for example. If you live on a farm or in the country, you might be partial to a horseshoe, star, or rooster-shaped knob.
Knobs are easily customized to your tastes and preferences and are easy to install and utilize.
Maybe you’d like to go for something a little more modern. If so, pulls and handles might be a better option for you. Drawer and cabinet pulls can be straight or curved, brushed metal or wrought-iron. They are easily customized for the modern kitchen or bathroom and are easy to sanitize. Some pulls may even be “invisible,” hidden within the build of the cabinet, like a thin metal bar that runs along the bottom for a seamless look.
Pulls are easy to install and maintain. Most are likely made of metal and provide a simple but modern aesthetic. They may also be accented with colors or designs along the side if you wish for them to stand out against more simplistic decor choices.
As most cabinet hardware is made from metal, pulls and knobs are available in all sorts of different styles. Whether you have a lighter kitchen and want to accent your cabinets with something darker or you desire a more sophisticated look, there are options to please every taste.
Chrome is popular due to its classic look, which has been around for decades. Chrome cabinet hardware is most often found in traditional or farmhouse-style homes. It adds a bit of shine without detracting from the other kitchen accents. Chrome is a relatively inexpensive finish, and while it can be somewhat challenging to keep clean, it can be a charming addition to your space. Chrome’s mirror-like surface makes cabinet hardware genuinely stand out and shine.
Another traditional option for your home, commonly used in older or vintage houses, is polished brass. Many people who enjoy a more traditional look for their cabinets might find satisfaction in polished brass. Like chrome, it retains a shiny appearance, but it has a warmer tone that offsets darker cabinetry nicely. It also adds contrast to lighter wood or painted cabinets. Though brass may currently be considered a little outdated, it can be a charming addition that is less expensive or of a less intricate design.
Polished nickel is an attractive option that can be best described as having some of the traits of both chrome and polished brass. It has the shine and light of chrome but a bit of a warmer tone, like polished brass—an almost rose-gold hue that has made it popular in modern homes. It has that touch of traditional with a new modern twist.
If you want something a little less shiny but that will work well with stainless steel appliances, satin nickel might do the trick. It doesn’t quite have the warmth that other finishes have, but it has a more homey look than the sometimes overwhelming shine of chrome. Satin nickel is less susceptible to grime and stains, and it doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as some other options.
Brushed finishes have become more commonplace in recent years because of their simple sophistication and ability to hide unsightly fingerprints, dust, and dirt. They add charm to your cabinets without being too difficult to clean or maintain. Brushed nickel has a lovely silver appearance but isn’t too shiny.
Stainless knobs and pulls are an especially good option for busy kitchens and bathrooms. If you have children, brushed stainless may be the perfect choice. With stainless, you’ll find you won’t need to contend with fingerprints and dirt perpetually. Brushed stainless knobs and pulls are easy to clean, and the brushed appearance helps minimize the appearance of any stains you’ve yet to clean.
An antique brass finish will add vintage elegance to your space without compromising on functionality. The old-time feel of this option can be accented with inlaid designs and darker appliances, resulting in a kitchen that has a relaxed and almost romantic aesthetic. Don’t let vintage scare you into thinking your kitchen will look dated because antique brass certainly has its place in the modern century.
Aged Bronze/Oil-Rubbed Bronze
Aged and oil-rubbed bronze can give your kitchen or bathroom a more rustic feel. Because the oil and the aging process both oxidize and tarnish the bronze, hardware with this finish will work particularly well with vintage pieces while also adding a modern flair to your farmhouse kitchen. Aged and oil-rubbed bronze is a unique finish gaining popularity because of the visual interest it imparts.
Black is sleek and modern. Black will give your kitchen or bathroom a clean and understated look without making your cabinetry a focal point. Black knobs and pulls are a wonderful and affordable option that isn’t flashy.
Consider Comfort and Usefulness
Your knobs and pulls should be chosen for their usefulness and functionality. You don’t want hardware that will make it more difficult for you to open cabinets and drawers. Whatever you choose should be reliable and comfortable.
How We Can Help
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