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Hardware: Jewelry of the Kitchen

kitchen cabinet hardware
Restoration Hardware Camden Crystal Pull

When it comes to kitchen design, so much attention is paid to the big-ticket items - appliances, countertops, and kitchen cabinets. However, the small details can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the space. Just as jewelry can transform an outfit, hardware plays the same role in rounding out a space. Recently, hardware trends have taken an exciting turn with the resurgence of brass, but there is a lot to consider when making the final selection.

The hardware in your kitchen plays both a functional and decorative role in the space. The right choice can tie your kitchen's design together, elevating its aesthetic appeal and functionality. Why it matters:

  • Hardware can change the entire look of your kitchen. From sleek and modern to rustic and vintage, your choice of hardware can set the tone for the entire space. Choosing not to incorporate hardware is also an option if you want push latches and a clean, minimalistic look.

  • Different types of hardware offer varying degrees of ergonomic convenience. Pulls and knobs have different applications, making your cabinets and drawers easier to use.

  • Kitchen hardware can be exposed to significant wear and tear. High-quality hardware will withstand the rigors of a busy kitchen, ensuring longevity of the investment.

  • Personalization: The variety of hardware options allows you to bring your own personal style into your kitchen design. Do you prefer the classic look of a diamond solitaire, a more playful Kate Spade style, or are you going for the luxury and opulence of Van Cleef and Arpels? With the range of options existing, there are styles and prices to suit everyone's taste.

One of the most popular trends in kitchen hardware (and lighting!) right now is the return of brass. Brass hardware exudes elegance, and its warm, golden tones add a touch of luxury to any kitchen. Brass has been used in kitchens for centuries, and it really never goes out of style. Its versatility complements designs ranging from traditional to contemporary. Brass is extremely durable and resistant to corrosion. Today's buyers are looking for lasting solutions and a kitchen is no small investment. Depending on the finish, it can also be easy to maintain requiring little to maintain its sheen.

When making a decision between pulls and knobs for your kitchen hardware, there are some basic factors to consider:

  • Cabinet Style should definitely influence your decision. Knobs work well with traditional cabinets, while pulls suit more modern styles. That said, there is no harm in mixing and matching to create an appealing contrast.

  • Knobs are easier to grip and can be a better choice for a high traffic kitchen. They tend to have a larger surface area and are easier for larger hands to grasp.

  • Knobs and edge pulls tend to be more subtle, making them a good choice for minimalist or unobtrusive designs. Pulls can be more visually striking and make a statement.

  • Consider the consistency of your kitchen. A uniform choice of hardware throughout the space can create a cohesive and polished look. Many lines offer a mix of complementary pulls and knobs.

Like jewelry, your choice of hardware will accessorize your cabinets with style ensuring that the look is complete and the function seamless, making your kitchen both a joy to use and to admire.


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