Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Finishes Made Simple

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Now that you’ve selected how your kitchen cabinets are being manufactured and you’ve chosen your cabinet door styles, the kitchen cabinet hardware and finishes are all that’s left. Your hardware options will vary depending on the design you’ve chosen. There’s a multitude of colours and styles that will bring out the best of your cabinets so if you need to bring home a few samples to see how they look we recommend you do so.

Knobs and Pulls

The kitchen cabinet hardware you choose is largely based on the overall look you’re going for. A contemporary style will usually have more simple lines, like a bar pull, with a metal finish. Chrome, black , bronze and stainless are currently the most popular options for both modern and traditional cabinetry.

Cup pulls are perfect for drawers in a traditional style kitchen. Remember that your cabinet handles don’t have to be the same as the drawers.  You’ll often find kitchens that have cup pulls for the drawers and knobs for the cabinet doors.

Knobs are generally less expensive and only require one hole drilled in the cabinet. If you opt for knobs for the entire kitchen you’ll want to consider doubling up on the bigger drawers. This is usually where you’ll store pots, pans and larger, heavier items. In these cases one knob just won’t do.

Consider your light fixtures and appliances to guide the tone of your hardware. Not everything needs to match, but it should be coordinating so there is flow between the different design elements. Remember that functionality will ultimately determine whether or not you’re happy with your knobs or pulls.

Corbels and Brackets

Corbels and brackets are beautiful decorative components that add character and depth to your cabinetry. Decorative supports might not come standard on your chosen cabinetry but can make a huge visual impact.

If you already have a counter-top overhang on your kitchen island you might already be familiar with this feature. While you can opt for an invisible steel support when using heavy stone like granite, wood corbels add an architectural detail that pairs perfectly with a traditional or transitional design. Their intricate details add class, sophistication and a clean finish to your kitchen.

For a modern kitchen, the intricate details in wood corbels may not fit with the minimalist design. In this case you may want to choose a simple metal corbel, a sleek to-the-floor corbel,  or design the island so no brackets are required. A waterfall edge for your island counter-top is trendy and chic, and won’t require any visible support brackets.

These details aren’t only reserved for your kitchen island. You can also integrate them into your vent hood, shelving, and in the door frame as room dividers.

Crown Moulding

Adding crown moulding to the tops of your cabinets immediately offers a high end custom look regardless of having stock or semi-custom cabinets. An interior crown moulding will draw your eyes upward immediately adding the perception of higher ceilings. It can also be used to close that gap between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling to cut down on spaces that solely collect dust. Enhancing your cabinets with moulding is a beautiful addition that you should consider to increase the value in the look of your cabinets.

Architectural embellishments, high-quality details and and bold kitchen cabinet hardware will boost your kitchen’s style and add beauty to your renovation. These small finishes make a big difference so don’t forget to discuss additional kitchen cabinet options with your contractor.