Want to know how to choose kitchen cabinet hardware? Here are the best tips to help you decide on pulls or knobs, finish, size and style.
When we remodeled our ugly, dated 1950’s kitchen we had a completely blank slate, a brand spanking clean canvas.
No more tiny rooms with people crammed on top of each other, mama stuck in the kitchen cooking, missing all the great conversations!
And yet sometimes I felt paralyzed, afraid to make a mistake. This was the largest project we’d ever undertaken. Starting from scratch was intimidating yet exhilarating!
I have to admit I spent many a sleepless night wondering if my dream kitchen ideas were too much, or my ideas too far fetched. So many decisions to make!
Knowledge is power and today I want to share how to choose kitchen cabinet hardware and how this one relatively small decision can have a great impact in your kitchen.
How important is kitchen design style?
One question to ask yourself is what design style are you going for in your kitchen? Do you have an overall look or theme? Are you going for contemporary or French country? Traditional, coastal or a blend of styles?
Is your kitchen one room or is it open to the rest of the house? Have you made the decision on type of cabinets or are you repainting/refinishing what’s already there?
When your kitchen is contained in one room it’s easier to focus on one style for that room. When one space flows into another it can be more challenging to bring it all together.
However, I always tell people do what makes you happy (and what you can afford!)
Should you put knobs or pulls on kitchen cabinets?
There are two different types of decorative cabinet hardware: knobs and pulls. Knobs are small handles mounted with a single screw. While pulls function the same way as knobs, they are often bigger, thinner, and provide more surface area – making them easier to grip.
If you’re getting older access and ease of use becomes more important. Think long term goals for your kitchen as you make your decision.
To me, pulls and knobs are one of the accents that matter most in a kitchen, especially if you have white cabinetry like we chose.
How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware to match decor
I would suggest waiting until the other major decisions have been made for your kitchen/combo room. Once the bigger decisions have been made and the kitchen comes together whether new construction, remodeling or just updating, it’ll be easier to focus on hardware.
Just remember. There are no hard and fast decorating rules to follow when selecting knobs and pulls. Use one or use both!
What about size and style of cabinets?
Do your cabinets go all the way to the ceiling? The larger and heavier the drawer or door, the larger the handle or pull should be.
As far as size, a knob is smaller and simpler than a pull. If your kitchen cabinets are more decorative or finely detailed, go with a knob rather than a pull.
A general rule of thumb is knobs for doors and pulls for drawers.
As we were designing our kitchen one of the features I wanted most was drawers and pull out trays. I was tired of dragging heavy kitchen equipment off the refrigerator or down from an upper cabinet. I knew as we got older this should be a consideration.
In our original kitchen (which was actually cabinets I bought at a yard sale when we moved into the house 30 years ago!) we only had knobs. I was so excited to be able to use both pulls and knobs in our newly remodeled room.
What type of finish do you want?
Are you trying to match the finish of appliances, faucets and lighting in the room? Or are you taking a more eclectic approach?
The same idea of an open or closed room concept applies here. The more open the area the easier it is to refrain from trying to match the finish of every single item in the room.
Cabinet hardware comes in many different materials: including metal, glass, wood, plastic and crystal. It’s also possible to combine pulls and knobs of the same finish.
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Do knobs and pulls have to match faucets?
One of the only things we salvaged from the original kitchen was our Tuscan Bronze pull down faucet. It doesn’t match the knobs and pulls exactly but it has a dark finish which is perfectly fine!
Are hinges on cabinet doors exposed? If so, you probably want to take that into consideration.
One of my favorite upgrades of our cabinets is the soft close hinges on the doors. My grandsons are entertained by watching the doors close all by themselves!
Can you understand now how even this one seemingly small decision added to the many other decisions in our kitchen remodel and at times was overwhelming?
My best advice (in both DIY AND life?) Do your homework and choose process over perfection.
Which do you love most, pull or knobs?
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How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
- How important is kitchen design style?
- Should you put knobs or pulls on kitchen cabinets?
- How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware to match decor.
- What about size and style of cabinets?
- What type of finish do you want?
- Do knobs and pulls have to match faucets?