How to Pick Kitchen Hardware

By / Food / June 3rd, 2014 / 2

So you’re renovating your kitchen. The countertops are picked out, the cabinetry settled, the sink is sitting in the hallway and your kitchen floor is installed. But wait – what about the kitchen hardware? Hardware has a huge impact on the final look of your kitchen. The accessories of the kitchen, hardware unifies the look of your kitchen.

Types

Knobs and handle pulls are the two types of hardware. A knob is small enough for you to grip with your fingers. They can be round, square, patterned, flat. A handle pull is literally a handle that you pull on to open.

In terms of which to pick, knobs have a more classic look with pulls being easier to use. The current trend is for larger knobs on drawers of average width, handle pulls on wider drawers and longer pull handles on tall cabinets – the long line of the pull matches the long line of the cabinet edge. Regardless of which you pick, make sure you it find pleasing to touch.

Styles

Contemporary
Sharp angles, sleek lines and minimalistic designs with modern finishes, like chrome, stainless steel and brushed satin nickel. Be inspired by these collections: Nouveau I, II or III, Bar Pulls, Appliance Pulls.

Vintage-style glass
AKA Depression Era glass is usually contrasted by a stained cabinet finish. These are a knob that come with or without a face screw and a variety of colours – transparent, opaque and clear.

Traditional
Inspired by historical architecture and design, this style is the most popular – mostly because most kitchen designs are traditional. Look for these collections: Normandy, Tuscany, Edwardian, Aspen, Britannia, Bronze (oil rubbed), Appliance Pulls.

Transitional
A blend of styles, these can be traditional designs with contemporary finishes or vice versa. Try one of these collections: Dakota, Asbury, Somerset 1 or 2, Appliance Pulls.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Hoekstra loves learning and trying new things. She can be found with her nose in a book or multiple tabs open on her browser as she researches the latest and greatest in the world of food, style and everything in between.

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