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Choosing the Perfect Hardware for Your Kitchen
Whether you are renovating or designing a kitchen or new space, cabinetry hardware shouldn't be an afterthought. This small detail can make a big impact and help you achieve the desired aesthetic; thus, it's essential to budget for it from the start.
While the primary function of hardware is simple—to open cabinet doors and drawers, the process of selecting the hardware can be a bit overwhelming with the variety of options available. We have a few tips to help you find the perfect hardware for your interior.
1. Consider your aesthetic
The hardware you select for your cabinetry should complement the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. For instance, if you want a modern or contemporary space, sleek and simple hardware might be better than ornate hardware. If you prefer a fun and cheerful environment, hardware adorned with gemstones can add that pop of color that you're looking for.
Interior by Bari J Ackeman
2. Material and Finish
Cabinet hardware is one of the most touched elements of your kitchen. Selecting good-quality materials will ensure that they will endure daily use and last for generations to come. Our hardware is made with 100% solid brass, and all finishes are hand-applied by artisans to create a long-lasting product.
When deciding on a finish, consider the color of your interior, particularly your cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances. Usually, hardware works best when it adds contrast (e.g., light cabinet with darker hardware finish) or complements tones (e.g., warmer toned space with brass finish).
Also, consider the aesthetic of your space. For example, burnished brass is perfect for a rustic or transitional kitchen. While polished brass can be ideal for a more formal and classic interior. And powder coated can add drama to a contemporary space.
Interior by Tamara Day. Photography by Paul Versluis
3. Size and Shape
The size and shape of the hardware should be proportional to the size of the cabinets. Consider whether you would like to mix and match your knobs and pulls together or whether you would like a ubiquitous all-pull or all-knob look. There are no set rules, but in general, knobs have a smaller footprint than pulls and work well with small drawers and cabinets. Pulls are sturdier and easier to grip, which tends to be best suited for larger drawers and cabinets.
Similarly, the shape of the hardware should complement the overall style and function of the cabinets. A T-bar pull may work better than a cup pull for a high-use cabinet since it's easier to grip, while a cup or edge pull may be better suited for small spaces since it has a smaller projection and won't catch on your clothes when you pass by.
4. Mix and Match
Don't be afraid to mix finishes and styles. Think about coordinating more than matching. This will add visual interest to your interior while creating a unique look. For example, you could use knobs on the upper cabinets and pulls on the lower cabinets. Or use a statement knob and backplate in a small section of your kitchen, like pantry doors or spice cabinet. Be creative and create a flow that works with your aesthetic.
Interior by Heather Chadduck at the Nelson Galt House for the Designer in Residence Program at Colonial Williamsburg. Photography Annie Schlechter. Image courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
5. Customize with gemstones and backplate
Want to create a truly unique look in your kitchen? Consider pairing your knobs and pulls with a backplate. Not only will it add unique dimension and style to your preferred hardware, but it will also help to cover old holes or any damage around the previous hardware.
If you are looking to add more color or glamour to your space, consider our selection of Custom Gemstone Hardware. Made using semi-precious gems, our custom hardware can complement and add a cheerful elegance to interiors.
Interior by Kristy Wicks
6. Order Samples
Perhaps one of the most underrated steps, ordering samples of your preferred hardware, may save you from a big headache later. Whether you need to decide between a couple of options or want to check if the size will fit your cabinets, samples will give you a better sense of how the hardware feels in your hand and if it matches your expectations. If you need help choosing the right gemstone for your interior, we offer sample gemstone kits to help validate your color choice.
As part of our Trade Program, members can purchase up to ten samples per year (one per unique SKU) at 75% off.
Interior by Bari J Ackeman