Cabinet pulls are jewelry for your cabinetry. Changing hardware can give your kitchen or bath a completely different look. As a personal preference, many people elect to have no hardware but hardware can save the wear and tear on your cabinets and is another area to express your style. Technically, cabinet hardware includes hinges but this discussion centers on what shows – pulls and knobs.
Colors and Finish
The first decision is to determine what color and finish you want. Colors include copper, brass, chrome, and nickel. Next determine which finish you like. For instance, nickel finishes include bright, brushed, satin and weathered. The variations make a big difference so check them out.
What’s the feeling of your space: old world, French country, mission, art deco, modern, rustic? Your hardware selection is another opportunity to add to the style of the room. There are numerous hardware choices to fit every possible style. Big box stores have many options but custom styles can be found on-line and at specialty home stores.
Handle vs. Knob
The next step is determining type. Will a pull or knob function better? Knobs work great for drawers but can look undersized and awkward on larger drawers and cabinets. Use the style of your cabinets to determine the size of the hardware. For example, a longer span pull or a handle that runs the entire length of the door or drawer creates a contemporary look. More detailed knobs lend themselves to an old world style.
The newest trends are for cleaner lines and fewer details in both pulls and knobs. Another trend is for darker finishes including black, oil rubbed bronze, and antique copper. Weathered nickel is replacing brushed nickel as a favored finish though brushed nickel is still strong. To help make your selection, eliminate what doesn’t fit your style and then take a few pulls or knobs home to assure they work in your space. The two most important elements to coordinate are your cabinets and countertop, then backsplash and flooring. If you are updating your existing cabinets, you may want to install your selections on one or two cabinets for comparison. Using the steps above will make sure the jewelry for your cabinets complements the style of your kitchen or bath.