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How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware [New Guide]

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Learn how to choose kitchen cabinet hardware whether you’re designing a kitchen from scratch or just upgrading, with tips on finish, size and style.

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Are you a big picture person?

Do you think in broad strokes, with the finished portrait as your guide?

Or are you better at the little details, making sure every piece of the puzzle fits perfectly into place?

My DIY hubby and I make a good team because we both have a good mix of both of these traits.

At least this all sounds good in theory.

Before our kitchen remodel we had only worked together on small projects in our home, more “fixing” than “dreaming.”

But what happens when the moment you’ve always dreamed of arrives?

You have a blank slate, a brand spanking clean canvas.

No more ugly, dated 1950’s kitchen for you!

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 you’re paralyzed, afraid to make a mistake.

This may be the only time you ever get to start from scratch.

A cat sitting on a kitchen counter

You want to go all Joanna Gaines yet you feel a little like an imposter.

A pretender.

What if you get it all wrong?

I have to admit I spent many a sleepless night wondering if my dream was too much, or my ideas too far fetched.

Maybe you’ve felt the same way in some area of your life?

It might not be gutting your kitchen but it could easily be trying a new wall color or bright pillows for your couch.

The fear of making a wrong decision can be overwhelming.

Now what do you do with that indecision?

I always go back to my homeschool mom roots. Research, research, research!

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.

A stove top oven sitting next to a window

How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

I’m thrilled to partner with D. Lawless Hardware on this project. They’ve supplied cabinet hardware for over 30 years to businesses, home builders, crafters, DIY blogs and corporations. In addition to their great selection, they have a price match guarantee as well!

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?

What style  of knobs or pulls goes best with your design ideas?

Is your kitchen one room or is it open to the rest of the house?

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.

A stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen

We chose an oil rubbed bronze pull and rope edge knob that would work well with our white cabinets.

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.

A kitchen with stainless steel appliances and wooden cabinets

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.

As we were designing our kitchen one of the features I wanted most was drawers and pull out trays. In our original kitchen (which was actually cabinets I bought at  a yard sale when we moved into the house 26 years ago!) we only had knobs. I was so excited to be able to use both pulls and knobs in our newly remodeled room.


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.

A stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen

Honestly, there are no hard and fast decorating rules in this area anymore. Thank goodness!

(I’ve included some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)

One of the only things we salvaged from the original kitchen was our Tuscan Bronze pull down faucet (affiliate link). 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 almost three-year-old grandson is 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. 


I’d love to know if there’s anything holding you back from trying something new today!


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  1. Thanks, Marty! You have a joyous looking kitchen/dining room – so beautiful! LOVE it! Not at all stiff and cookie-cutter, but with real individual style! An inspiration today. Your timing is perfect. We have our IKEA kitchen done, except for countertops and backsplash tiling. (We’ve been using Masonite board for a makeshift countertop. Not too bad.) The whole look of our open kitchen/dining room is pleasant, at this point, but bland. Pale minty-grass green walls, blonde (birch) cabinets, warm medium oak floors. Now for putting in some details! YAY! The scary part: Now what? Yikes!! Marty to the rescue with a reassuring article. THANKS! Here we go……

    1. Hi, Carol. It sounds like you’re making great progress on your kitchen. I loved working with D. Lawless Hardware and am thrilled with the pulls and knobs we chose. Let me know what you end up choosing!

  2. I love a white kitchen and when we re-did ours, we went white too! With hardwood floors. We used wide plank hickory and the contrast was really lovely. Yours is too! And you won’t believe it but I choose the same hardware, the only thing mine was dark brass.

  3. Kitchen renovation is one of the important part of your kitchen. But for this first you should make a plan, after that decide the budget. There are variety of flooring materials and from this you should select one according to your needs and preferences. Then select the kitchen cabinet hardware. For this you should decide which design you want to select, then select the size and shape of the material. In your blog you give the clear idea on how to select the kitchen cabinet hardware. You can refer this: https://kitchenemp.net/kitchens/

  4. “Paralyzed..afraid to make a mistake.”

    Oh how true this is for me right now. Oh how true. Luckily I’m here :-). By the way, I can’t handle your kitchen, it’s too perfect. I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. I’m doing a modern eclectic boho kitchen, predominately white, some wood accents, maybe darker lower cabinets, maybe gold hardware (that’s where I’m stuck), and then pops of beautiful colour like you have here. I’m excited!

    1. Hi, Randi! I love all your comments. They are MAKING my day! (Especially how can I be old enough to have a daughter with her own place lol This daughter also has two kids which makes me grandma. Oy. Yes, I’m THAT old!) Anyway, I’m so glad you commented and shared about your kitchen. I’m so glad you’re going for what you want! Sometimes we do indeed get paralyzed but we have to remember who our homes are for…..and that’s US! I think we want to enjoy our kitchen especially, since most of us spend time in there with our families, or at least cooking for our families!

      Thank you so much for the compliments as well. Our kitchen turned out even better than I imagined and I’m grateful every.single.day for the gift that it is.

      I hope you’ve subscribed to my mailing list so you don’t miss any updates! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Okay, I’m going for the gold hardware, whether or not I can afford a gold faucet! Thank you! Ps… There’s just something about those chairs and the mirror on the back wall. They dance together. It’s amazing.

  6. Thank you so much for helping me understand more about the process to choose new kitchen cabinet hardware. We have been really into rustic looking kitchens lately, and I think that some antique decorative nails could really change the way it looks. Just as you mentioned, you can always change the look of your kitchen again if you do not like the way it looks after a couple of years. Thanks for posting!

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