How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Remodeling or designing a new kitchen is an intensive process full of tough decisions. You have to decide what kind of materials to use for different surfaces, what color to finish your cabinets, and what appliances to upgrade or include. From there, you need to get into the more minute details like the kitchen cabinet hardware. In addition to the type of handles you want, you must select the right material, size, and finish to match your cabinets. The following guide will make selecting hardware for your kitchen cabinets easier! 

Should you put Knobs or Pulls on Kitchen Cabinets?

Luckily, selecting hardware styles isn’t overwhelming as there are only two main cabinet hardware styles—pulls and knobs. Pulls are long pieces of hardware that act as typical handles. They’re often easier to use than knobs, but they are also likely to cost more. Depending on the cabinet you fix a pull to, it can be placed vertically or horizontally. Types of pulls include bar pulls, arch pulls, finger pulls, and even ring pulls. 

Knobs, on the other hand, have a more basic design. They’re single pieces of hardware that are easily secured into drawers and cabinets. Like pulls, knobs can come in a variety of sizes and designs. You can find mushroom knobs, square knobs, rectangle knobs, and custom novelty knobs.

It’s important to know that you don’t need to stick with all knobs, or all pulls. You can use a mix of the two styles. However, it is best to be consistent in the design of pulls and knobs you use throughout your kitchen.

How do I Know What Hardware to get for my Kitchen Cabinets?

After selecting the styles of cabinet hardware, you have to find the right size for each. The size of pulls and knobs can provide your cabinets and kitchen with a unique aesthetic. 

If your kitchen is designed to be modern, adding long pulls can further add to the contemporary look. To create a more traditional design, mid-length pulls may be a better fit.

The best way to find the size of pulls and knobs that you like and will ultimately fit your preferred kitchen design is to visit a showroom of a cabinet store. That will allow you to see different styles, colors and sizes of pulls and knobs you might be interested in.

If you are looking for kitchen cabinet hardware in the greater Philadelphia region, Sterling Kitchen and Bath has showrooms in Colmar, Conshohocken, Malvern, Hatboro and Havertown.

What Colors Should my Cabinet Hardware Be?

The last piece of choosing your hardware is to pick the finish of the new kitchen cabinet hardware. Think about what color of cabinets you have, the finish of your appliances, and the lighting in your kitchen. 

You can match the hardware finish with your appliances, or you can opt for a stark, modern look with a dark finish to contrast with lighter-colored cabinets. Additionally, you can mix the types of finishes if you want to go for a more personalized look.

The Experts at Sterling Kitchen & Bath are Here to Help you Select the Right Hardware for your Cabinets

Adding hardware is the final step to complete your kitchen cabinets. It shouldn’t be rushed or overlooked as hardware can alter the feel and aesthetic of your kitchen. If you have any questions about styles, sizes, or finishes of pulls and knobs, contact Sterling Kitchen and Bath today

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