How to Select Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
Kitchen cabinet hardware may seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of your kitchen; however, making the proper selection is crucial as it will impact both the aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen. Understanding your options is the first step, so read on to learn everything you need to know about kitchen hardware and which ones are right for you!
Knobs or Pulls (or both)?
Whether you choose knobs or pulls (or both) comes down to preference, as they come in a vast range that fits all design styles. One option is to use knobs for all doors and pulls for all drawers, as it is more comfortable to open a drawer using a pull. A pull allows your whole hand to grab instead of just your fingertips, which is helpful, especially if the drawer is heavy with pots, pans, etc.
You can also go with only knobs or only pulls. The use of all knobs leans more traditional, whereas all pulls can look both contemporary and traditional. While keeping all the hardware cohesive throughout the space is a good idea, that doesn't mean you have to choose the same hardware for every cabinet. In fact, incorporating complementary hardware can add dimension and interest. For example, you can select pull hardware for lower cabinets and knobs for upper cabinetry, or vice versa.
It's also essential to look at your cabinetry style, countertop edges, lighting fixtures, and any other major design elements. Do they have square or curved lines? You should select hardware that is consistent with these types of lines for a cohesive look.
While some of the most popular finishes include chrome and brushed nickel, plenty of other finishes can add interest to your kitchen. It is crucial, however, to keep the big picture in mind as your cabinet hardware isn't the only metal finish in your kitchen. Remember to consider your stove, refrigerator, sink, faucet, lighting fixtures, etc. You might combine brass hardware with a brass faucet, for example. To learn more about how to mix metals, check out: Master the Mix: 5 Design Tips for Mixing Metals.
Test it Out
You should always try out a knob or pull before you purchase for the entire kitchen.
How does it feel? Does it fit your hand, or does it cram your fingers and feel sharp around the edges? When you grab the knob or pull, if it has edges or ridges that press sharply on your fingers, it will get pretty annoying when you use it hundreds of times per day. Some companies, such as Top Knobs, offer a sample program where they will send you the knob or pull you are interested in, and you only have to pay the shipping.
Now that you know how to select kitchen hardware, it's time to shop! Remember, the most critical factor is finding something that will be both useful and beautiful in your home. If you have questions about selecting or installing kitchen hardware, don't hesitate to contact Spaces by Juliana today!