Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Trends and Tips for Your Renovation

In recent years, I've had the privilege of working on numerous kitchen renovations, and just when we believe we've made all the tough choices, the time comes to select cabinet hardware. This may seem like a minor detail, but it's the jewelry that adds the finishing touch to your kitchen remodel, making it a crucial decision. Many clients ask me whether it's acceptable to mix different metal finishes, and my answer is a resounding yes! You can certainly mix metals, but I recommend sticking to a maximum of two metal finishes within your kitchen design. Let's explore the popular trends in both styles and finishes for cabinet hardware.

These are the insights I share with my valued clients in Fairfield and Westchester to guide them through the design process:

Elegant Brass

Brass cabinet hardware has gained significant popularity, and when opting for brass, pay close attention to the finish. Satin brass or antique brass currently reigns supreme. This choice exudes warmth, luxury, timelessness, and elegance, elevating the overall kitchen ambiance. For instance, in one of our kitchen renovations, we incorporated satin brass pendants and cabinet pulls with a knurled finish for added beauty while keeping the faucets in polished nickel and the hood in stainless steel. These combinations complement each other beautifully. Polished brass or unlacquered brass, on the other hand, offer a distinct patina and require special care, making them ideal for those who appreciate their unique charm.

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Bold Black

Matte black hardware is unquestionably having its moment in the spotlight. It's a bold and striking choice that shines in contemporary settings, providing a sleek contrast against light-colored doors. Personally, I'm a strong advocate for creating a modern, sleek vibe with matte black hardware.

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Polished Chrome or Polished Nickel

Polished chrome and polished nickel remain essential finishes in cabinet hardware and enjoy widespread popularity. While both are excellent choices, chrome tends to be shinier and more reflective, while polished nickel offers a deeper, richer hue that develops a beautiful patina over time.

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Embrace Elongated Cabinet Pulls

Elongated pulls are a dominant trend in 2023, available in sizes ranging from 8” to 12” for longer drawers and larger cabinets. Simple bar pulls, whether flat or rounded, are in vogue, maintaining their timeless appeal. Options with knurled features are also on the rise.



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Consider Appliance Pulls

For refrigerators and dishwashers with custom panels, it's essential to use appliance hardware. This ensures proportionality in size and scale, as well as a sturdier base and grip.   

Knob vs. Pull

In traditional settings, there's no strict rule for knobs versus pulls, but it's customary to use pulls on drawers and knobs on doors. In transitional designs, knobs and pulls can be interchangeable, while in modern spaces, sleek pulls are often the preferred choice.

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I hope these insights provide you with a better understanding of cabinet hardware trends. If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me; I'd be delighted to help you!

So, which finish resonates with you the most? Let's enhance our homes, one door at a time!