Cabinet Hardware is easy for some but for me, even as a designer, is one of the hardest things to pick for my own home. Cabinet hardware, pulls and knobs, are the jewelry on top of our kitchens and baths. These little details are the cherries on top of these spaces and can sometimes make or break the aesthetic. And with Kitchen, Baths, and Master Suites being where the good majority of a home’s value lies, the details in these spaces can be vitally important and in turn sometimes overwhelming decisions to make. That being said, I have compiled nine of the best tips to choosing cabinet hardware for your style.
To start us off here are three basics,
1. Commit to your style and don’t go with the cheapest option you can find (these things matter).
2. Decide if you want knobs or pulls or if you want a blend of both (though I am an all pulls gal, all pulls on everything).
3. Follow your instincts (they’re always the most trustable).
The next six, are style specific so let’s break it down.
Traditional style is all about being classic. Traditional style is elegant, timeless, comfortable, symmetrical, and pays homage to 18th and 19th century European design styles while still emphasizing some simplicity. With this style, for cabinet hardware I would pick simple styles with subtle curves and a touch of detail. Darker finishes are more common, though a nice brushed nickel finish works well too.
Modern style is tricky because it is more of an umbrella term that encompasses everything from mid century modern, to modern contemporary, amongst a variety of other styles that people consider toeing the line of modern. Modern design style typically encompasses clean crisp lines, square, rectangular, and other geometric shapes and motifs, as well as simple but high contrast color palettes. So with cabinet hardware, I would keep it just that, contrasting in color and clean, crisp, straight, squarish lines.
Cottage-y is a variation of rustic, and can blend in well with styles like country, craftsman, and coastal. I been seeing cottage-y styles and it’s variations more than I have been seeing true rustic styles right now and with it having it’s toes in so many other styles, I figured I’d focus more on this one. Cottage’y I would say is half way in between traditional and rustic. It has some clean lines, some curves, but most of all it has a little more detail. I would look for cabinet hardware that has some transitional lines, but with maybe some end caps, or embellishments that you see in more ornate styles like traditional or rustic.
Industrial is one of my favorite design styles. Industrial is one of those styles that toes the line of modern but it has more of an urban and eclectic feel to it. I love industrial style’s use of metal, concrete, and masonry balanced with vintage and modern textiles. With Industrial style cabinet hardware, I would usually go with this something black, bronze, or rod iron, though gold, brass, copper, and pewter finishes can look quite nice as well when applied correctly. For industrial I would also look for clean lined hardware but I would avoid gimmicky industrial cabinet hardware, like stuff that’s made to look like old pipes. Vintage pipe style decor can look nice in industrial styles but I would only use it in small, non-permanent, decorative accents like lamps and accessories.
Craftsman style originated from traditional, bungalow, and arts & crafts style. Clean lines, but plenty of detail like finish carpentry wall details, textures, and patterns are very common in this design style. Shaker and Quaker style cabinetry is the most popular with this look. And cabinet hardware should mimmic the clean lines of the cabinetry but can have a bit of minimal detail to them as well.
Last stop on the tips train is glam. Glam is pretty self explanatory in the fact that it revolves around glamor and elegance. Though, it also involves drama, high contrast, and warm metallic tones like gold, brass, rose gold, and copper. But it can also work with silver tones and black as well.