Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Although knobs and drawer pulls may seem like the most trivial parts of a kitchen design, they actually hold a lot of importance when it comes to coordinating all the elements of a design and creating flow in a space. With so many materials and styles to choose from, how can you be expected to choose just one? Take a look at some tips below to help you make a decision.

Make Sure Your Hardware Coordinates


If you have white cabinets, consider going with oil rubbed bronze or black hardware to create high contrast. The same goes for darker cabinets—choose lighter hardware that will pop like brushed nickel, stainless steel, or glass.



Consider the tone of your cabinets, flooring, and countertops. If you have warm reddish or orange tones throughout, you can play into that with bronze or gold hardware. Conversely, if you have cool tones like white or grey throughout, you can accent that with silver, stainless steel, or black hardware.

Metal Accents

Take note of your appliances and other metal accents in the kitchen. Brushed nickel or stainless steel hardware really pops next to stainless steel appliances, whereas darker hardware coordinates better with black appliances. The same goes for light fixtures. If you have bronze fixtures throughout, consider carrying that through to the knobs and drawer pulls for a cohesive look.

Knobs, Pulls, or Both?

When it comes to kitchen hardware, there’s always a choice to be made between knobs or pulls. Pulls offer a different aesthetic than knobs do, but it really all comes down to functionality and your personal preference. Often times you’ll see kitchens with knobs on the upper cabinets and pulls on the lower cabinets and drawers. This can be the perfect compromise while also bringing in an extra element of customization and interest.

Check out this upscale contemporary kitchen and see how the hardware pulls the whole room together!

Choose Hardware That Fits Your Kitchen’s Style

Although knobs are such a small part of your kitchen design, their material and shape give off a lot of style and helps pull the whole space together.
First you must consider the materials that already exist in your kitchen. If you have a butcher block island, you might consider wood knobs to pull that theme throughout the whole kitchen for a cozy cottage feel. If you have high-end stainless steel appliances, compliment those with sleek stainless steel hardware for a polished modern or industrial look.

Take a look at our chart below for a quick view of which materials tend to work best with different kitchen styles:

Place Your Hardware Where It Makes Sense

Although the placement of your cabinet knobs or drawer pulls may seem like a no-brainer, you may want to take special consideration when it comes to your drawers. Many people will be naturally inclined to place knobs and pulls in the middle of drawers, because that’s the most common placement. But those bottom drawers can be hard to reach, especially for the taller members of your household.

Consider placing the knobs of the first row of drawers in the middle, and then placing knobs for all other drawers centered on the top rail. While some people find this placement visually unbalanced, we recognize that it provides more functionality and ease of use. Take a look at the photo above for an example!

Transform Your Kitchen

Now that you have an idea of the type of hardware you might want in your kitchen, it’s time to think about the cabinets behind that hardware. Is your kitchen ready for a facelift? Contact American Wood Reface for a free in-home consultation to see if our solid wood cabinet refacing is right for you.

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