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8 Ideas for Adding Style With Cabinet Hardware

After you’ve gone through the process of choosing your cabinets, countertops, and appliances and have a really good sense of what your new kitchen is going to look like, it’s time for the finishing touches. Cabinet hardware might seem like just a minor detail, but it’s actually the perfect opportunity to let your personality shine through. The hardware is what really brings everything together and can gracefully accent all the design elements that you’ve invested so much time and money in. So let’s take a look at 8 ideas for finding the right hardware for your new kitchen.

Samples, samples

From paint swatches to sample Shaker cabinet doors, possibilities for “try before you buy” give renovators a real peace of mind, especially when buying items online. If you can, get samples of the hardware first so you can see what it looks like in your kitchen. Many sellers will give you samples for free, though usually in limited quantities.


Check the sizing

Whether you get knobs or pulls for your cabinets, the correct sizing is key. Do they fit in your hand? Is the shape right? Since you’ll be using the cabinet hardware on a daily basis, you want to make sure everyone in your household can use them comfortably.

Knobs, handles, or pulls?

Cabinetry hardware includes pulls, handles, and knobs. They are all used for opening and closing cabinets (as well as drawers) but they differ slightly. Pulls only attach to a cabinet drawer or door at a single point, whereas handles have at least two points of attachment. Knobs also attach at just one point, but they are shaped differently from pulls, which have more room for the fingers, as with a T-shaped pull.

Positioning the hardware

Whether you decide on knobs, handles, or pulls will determine the positioning of your hardware. Before taking the steps to affix your hardware, make sure it’s at the correct distance from the sides of the door for the proper grip and the right look.


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Mixing and matching

Though you need to consider the shape of your hardware in relation to its function, it’s not necessary to stick to just one type. A combination of handles and pulls made of the same material can actually draw even more attention to the hardware. For example, pulls on the doors of the upper wall cabinets and handles on the drawers of the base cabinets can create a subtle division between the top and bottom half of the kitchen, adding visual interest.

Do you need hardware at all?

Some styles of cabinets, such as Shaker cabinets, traditionally do not require any hardware to open and close. That doesn’t mean, however, that the beauty of this classic style can’t be enhanced by hardware. It’s very common to see hardware, whether they be pulls, knobs, or handles, added to Shaker cabinets for added aesthetic appeal.

Match the hardware style to the overall look

There are so many hardware styles to choose from that you won’t have any trouble finding one to go with your kitchen. If you’ve opted for a contemporary style, you can get an especially sleek effect if you match the hardware to your appliance handles. Traditional kitchens frequently give the cabinetry the look of furniture, and ornate hardware can help to amplify this effect, for example.


Pay attention to the material as well as the shape of the hardware. For a kitchen with a vintage style, look into antique handles or even glass knobs. If, on the other hand, you have a more rustic kitchen, look to more traditional materials like iron or oil-rubbed copper or bronze.




In conclusion, there are a number of factors to keep in mind when choosing your cabinet hardware, which serve to accentuate the colors and lines of the main design features of your kitchen. Be sure to see how the hardware looks in relation to the cabinetry while also making sure it will work for you in terms of functionality.

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