Cabinet Hardware: 10 Styles to Invigorate Your Kitchen

One of the last things considered when shopping for kitchen cabinets is the hardware. But kitchen cabinet hardware can make a big impact on the look and feel of not just your kitchen cabinets, but the entire room. The shape of and finish on your pulls, knobs and handles can put the final touch on your kitchen design. The very same cabinet might have a vintage feel with porcelain knobs, or a contemporary look with brushed nickel pulls. You can give your kitchen a very personalized treatment with something custom, like artistic glass knobs, or handworked metal in oil-rubbed bronze. Think of the hardware like jewelry for your cabinets. Let it speak for your style - be that contemporary, modern, vintage or traditional. Here are some of our favorite examples of great kitchen cabinet hardware from around the web.

  1. Traditional

    Bronze Hardware

    Bronze knobs and pulls with exposed screws bring a classic look to these traditional raised-panel cabinet doors. Paired together, the two are matched perfectly, with the hardware's bronze finish being as warm and solid-feeling as the glazed wood beneath.

  2. Mission

    Mission Style Hardware

    Here, standard metal ring pulls add the final touch to classic Mission-style cabinetry. To bring the look together throughout the room, the oil-rubbed bronze finish of the hardware can be repeated in the faucet and light fixtures.

  3. Contemporary

    Tubular Pulls

    Tubular drawer pulls finished in brushed nickel are a fitting complement to this blonde-wood kitchen’s contemporary look. Sleek, lightweight, and horizontal in design, these pulls echo and enhance the angularity of the custom wood countertops.

  4. Rustic

    Hammered Iron Pulls

    Black, hammered-iron handles impart a handmade quality to this country-home kitchen, the natural-woodgrain cabinets of which exude simple, rustic charm.

  5. Rock On

    Sea Stone Knobs

    Using smooth sea stones as cabinet hardware will not only make your kitchen unique, but will also add a natural, eco-friendly element to your decor.

  6. Artistic

    Mosaic Drawer Pulls

    If something off the shelf or out of a catalog is just not your style, opt for a one-of-a-kind hardware selection, such as these mosaic-glass knobs, individually hand-crafted in vibrant dichroic art glass and available from Uneek Glass Fusions.

  7. Farmhouse

    Cup Pulls

    Cup pulls—like these oil-rubbed bronze examples—deliver a farmhouse look in any kitchen, particularly when paired with white-painted cabinets detailed with beadboard panel insets.

  8. Asian Inspiration

    Brass Drawer Pulls

    This buffet cabinet's neutral paint color combines with generously sized, Asian-style brass hardware to create an air of sophistication that is simultaneously classic and contemporary.

  9. Retro

    Porcelain Pulls

    Porcelain pulls with nickel-plated metal would make a gorgeous contrast against boldly painted cabinets, and at under $7 per pack of two from IKEA, the style pictured fits any construction or remodel budget.

  10. Tuscan

    Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware

    These chunky but graceful oil-rubbed bronze knobs and pulls make a stunning contrast against light-color raised-panel cabinet doors—it’s an Old World European feel, provincial yet elegant.

  11. Do It Yourself

    Do It Yourself

    If the style is right but the finish is wrong, consider painting your hardware. These sophisticated pulls, now metallic silver, were bronze at the outset. All it took to complete the transformation was primer and spray paint.

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