When designing a new kitchen, every little detail counts, including the cabinet hardware you select. There are numerous design options available for your hardware: knob or pull? Bronze or silver? Small or big? Cabinet hardware is more than pretty decoration or practical accessories. The right knob or pull can keep your cabinet cleaner and protect the finish. Additionally, while hardware may be small, it can collectively make an impact on your kitchen design. Before selecting the best kitchen cabinet hardware for your new design, consider the following factors.
Choose Between Knobs or Pulls
Making this decision narrows down your options, so it helps to make this choice first. When considering whether to select knobs or pulls as your kitchen hardware, consider the functions of each:
- Pulls are easier to use because they give you more space to use more of your hand, and you can have a firmer grip.
- Knobs can be quite stylish, but can also look more traditional when used alone. If you want your kitchen cabinet hardware to have a combination of traditional and modern, you may consider using knobs on cabinets and pulls on drawers for unique variety.
- Knobs are a little more subtle than pulls, making them a suitable choice when you have other fine details in your kitchen that you want to highlight.
- Pulls make a larger statement, so you will want to make sure you are happy with your design choice.
Select the Finish
Your kitchen cabinet hardware can have multiple finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, brass, and more. Whichever finish you choose, you should apply it to all of your kitchen hardware, even if you are combining styles.
The best type of finish depends on the style and color of your cabinets. For instance, if you have white cabinets, a bold finish will make an impact. Warm-toned cabinets, on the other hand, look best with bronze, black, or gold hardware. Silvers, pewters and black hardware go well with gray cabinets.
The appearance of your kitchen cabinet hardware doesn’t matter much if you dislike using it. This is why the comfort of your hardware is an essential consideration. Think about how you work in your kitchen, and consider which hardware style will be most comfortable to manage while handling cooking or cleaning.
It is also useful to consider if your hardware is likely to snag on clothing or hurt pets or toddlers who may attempt to use the hardware.
Budgeting is a critical factor in designing your kitchen, but while you may want to pay as little as possible when investing in kitchen hardware, selecting high-quality items will help you in the long run. Your hardware will undergo frequent use, so you should have materials that can withstand that. It is also useful to buy a couple of extra knobs or pulls, in case one or two gets damaged in the future.
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