When it comes to remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, it’s easy to think about the bigger picture such as the cabinet style, the countertop choice, and the overall kitchen and bathroom theme.
If you’ve already got an eye for detail, you also know that it’s the little things that matter!
Think of the detail that goes into the picture in order to achieve the look it wants to have. When you think about it in terms of kitchen design or bathroom design, the details are always in the hardware, more specifically in the cabinet hardware.
That’s why we have three simple and highly effective tips that will help you choose the perfect cabinet hardware.
1. Narrow Down your Cabinet Style First
Going back to the bigger picture, you’ll want to have a conclusive list of cabinet styles.
This will help you determine what the best cabinet style is for your kitchen and will allow you to move forward with planning out the hardware that will best complement them.
Think of this step as the funnel: You start with the cabinet style, move forward to colors or finishes, and lastly the hardware that will work to pull everything into one cohesive piece.
2. Keep in Mind the Other Metals in your Kitchen
Once you have a good idea of the hardware you’re looking for, double check to make sure that they work with other kitchen accessories such as your kitchen sink, lighting, and even your appliances.
Do you want the hardware to harmonize with the rest of the kitchen or bath?
Do you prefer to have high contrast or mixed kitchen style?
Perhaps industrial style is what you’re interested in and would prefer a mix of different metals and colors to achieve that look. If you’re planning on having accessories that will be the accent to your kitchen, you might also consider hardware that will blend with the paint or finishes in order to not take away from those accents.
Common cabinet pulls for the contemporary kitchen are satin nickel, stainless steel, or brushed nickel. Traditional kitchens often feature all of those and the addition of oil rubbed bronze.
The last important tip we have for you is to figure out the placement.
Many times, kitchen design and layout is based on an overall census of people and how they use a kitchen.
However, maybe your current kitchen design doesn’t work well. A cabinet knob can be too low or obstructive to other items in your kitchen. Perhaps you prefer a drawer pull instead of a door pull effect.
It’s important to consider the knobs and pulls and the cabinet doors in order to help increase the functionality of your kitchen.
Once you have these three factors in mind, you’ll be able to select the kitchen cabinet hardware that works best for you, your family, and guests.
Another great thing to keep in mind is that the more put-together and functional a kitchen looks, the more the property value will increase; Keeping this in mind when making your choices will help you in the future if you decide to sell or rent your home.