Hardware might seem like a subtle detail to some, but your choice of hardware can really impact both form and function. It can enhance your interior design in unexpected ways, and the right choice should also elevate functionality. Here are five things to consider when selecting hardware for the cabinetry in your kitchen or bath.

1. Cabinetry Color & Style

Both the color and style of your cabinetry are very important to consider when choosing hardware. However, you also need to consider the right match for focal points like appliances and lighting fixtures. All of these elements together will establish a décor theme for the room. As you think about the style of your house, don’t feel too boxed in though. When it comes to hardware, you can think about coordinating more than matching.

Color – For example, white cabinets really show off their hardware, so it’s an opportunity to make a statement. For warm wood cabinetry, on the other hand, warm metals like gold, black or bronze blend well. You could look at slivers, pewters, black and stainless to accent cabinets with a gray pallet. You don’t have to match your hardware to appliances and light fixtures, unless you want to, but envision all these elements together as you make your choices.

Traditional – This style of cabinetry calls for more detailed, ornate hardware. Look for drop handles, porcelain overlays and vintage styles.

Contemporary – Complement sleek lines with simple, streamlined hardware. Some popular examples of contemporary hardware include linear bars and curved barrel handles. Stainless steel is a popular choice in many contemporary style kitchens.

Transitional – It’s ok to blend elements that are traditional and modern, and by doing so you can create a transitional décor. Contrast the clean look of contemporary cabinetry with vintage hardware that’s not too ornate, for example. You could discover a winning combination.

Eclectic – If you have a creative spirit, and want something totally original, choose unique hardware that speaks to your personality. Pop seashell knobs on your traditional cabinets, or add a funky pull for a splash of color in your contemporary kitchen.

2. Materials

Beyond the color and style of your cabinetry, material is a key element in selecting hardware. Choosing a material can narrow down your options instantly, moving you closer to a final decision. Here is an overview for finding the right hardware based on material.

Metal – Brass and bronze are popular choices because they are durable and antimicrobial, helping to reduce the spread of germs. If you prefer a “silver” tone, stainless steel, pewter and nickel are all popular choices as well.

Wood and Porcelain – Typically used in traditional style décor, these are classic choices for historic homes, cabins and farmhouse style interiors.

Glass or crystal – A unique choice, glass or crystal could accentuate the vintage look of your traditional, transitional or eclectic kitchen or bath.

3. Finishes

Once you’ve decided on a material, you’ll quickly discover you’re not finished, because that material often comes in a variety of finishes. For example, metal hardware of all types come in tarnished, polished, oil-rubbed, satin, antique and matte finishes, just to name a few. Porcelain and wood pulls come in a variety of colors and designs. The finish can make all the difference, and making this decision will again narrow your choices down considerably

4. Types of Hardware

Knobs or pulls? It’s a key question in the world of hardware. You can mix knobs and pulls, and there are usually matching sets from which to choose. There are also many examples of all-knob or all-pull kitchens, and it’s a personal choice that should be based on proportion, balance, aesthetics and function. One important difference is whether you drill one hole or two in your cabinetry. You’ll want to communicate with your contractor on this decision early to avoid costly mistakes.

5. Size and Positioning

Size and shape – Keep in mind, the size should be comfortable and easy-to-use, as well as aesthetically pleasing. If you have a very large drawer with heavy contents, you might need two pulls or one long, hefty pull. Smaller doors and drawers might require daintier choices.

Square or Curved – This is about the feel, as well as the look of your hardware. Once you’ve defined your style of cabinetry and overall décor, compare your options in terms of comfort and fit. Do you prefer reaching out to grab a handle with square edges or curves?

Horizontal or vertical – Know whether you plan to position pulls horizontally, vertically or both, as this could impact your choice of size, as well as hole positioning.

Now you’re ready to explore your options at Design Studio By Raymond. Visit our showroom to see, touch and feel the selections available to you. Our in-house designers work directly with you to design your cabinetry and pick out finishes.