Choosing kitchen cabinet hardware might seem straightforward: just check out the hardware section, pick the ones you like best, then take them home! Right? Wrong!
It’s a lot more complicated than that. While one drawer pull might not cost much, ordering enough for your whole kitchen can put a dent in your wallet. That’s why it’s so important to make the right hardware choice the first time — save yourself the frustration of the return process or having to pay for replacement hardware.
Take a look below at our six top suggestions for choosing kitchen cabinet hardware.
Determine Your Kitchen’s Design Theme
Are you going with a modern kitchen design? Or is your kitchen more traditional? These are the two ends of the spectrum. While modern is sleek, traditional is ornate. Your cabinet hardware should match your design theme, whatever it may be, or else it will look out of place among all the other fixtures.
Select the Right Finish
Secondly, it’s important to choose the right finish when you’re thinking about the design of your kitchen cabinet hardware. You should first look at the other metal surfaces in your kitchen, such as your appliances. Brushed nickel, brass, satin, matte — there are a range of options to choose from, but your selection should never vary too greatly from the larger metal surfaces in the room. It’s possible to find one metal that complements another, but make this type of design choice carefully.
Decide Between Knobs or Pulls
Knobs are usually a little harder to use, but they are more traditional and could fit a kitchen aligned with this type of design profile. Pulls are better for modern kitchens, but they’re also a lot easier to use, which is something to consider if you’re designing a kitchen with accessibility needs.
Coordinate with Cabinets
Of course, you can’t really pick the best hardware if you aren’t settled on cabinet design or finish. If possible, see how the hardware looks installed on at least one cabinet or drawer before you order a large quantity.
Always Keep Quality Paramount
While kitchen cabinet hardware might seem like an area to cut corners and save money, don’t do it! Think about the use your cabinet hardware will get. It needs to be able to stand the test of time, and as with many types of building materials, you usually get what you pay for. Make sure you invest in high-quality pieces that are solid, sturdy and durable.
Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold
If you’re looking for an area to make a design statement, this could be it! A patterned design for your knobs, a bright color — only you know what qualifies as bold in your kitchen; don’t be afraid to go for it!
At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we can help you through every step of the kitchen redesign process, especially when it comes to choosing kitchen cabinet hardware. Just give us a call!