How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware to Match Decor

If you are planning a makeover of your kitchen décor, you likely have new paint for the walls, new window treatments, perhaps new cabinetry, and other similar changes planned, but if you haven’t considered the importance of your kitchen cabinet hardware in the equation, you are overlooking an element that is both inexpensive and easy to do, and will also have a dramatic impact on the overall look of the room.

Cabinet pulls and cabinet knobs are like jewelry for your cupboards. When carefully selected to match the décor of the kitchen, they not only provide a great visual enhancement to your cabinetry, but they also provide a great detail that really pulls the look of the room together and makes it cohesive. If you overlook this small, but so important detail, you can easily break up the visual appeal of the room, leaving your cabinets looking out of place. The key to having your hardware work with the décor instead of against it is to select knobs and pulls that complement everything else in the room well, particularly if you also manage to match it to other hardware in the room like the door handles.

Cabinet hardware comes in a huge array of different styles, shapes, and colors, making it easy to find a set that fits perfectly. If your décor is sleek and modern, stainless cabinet knobs will be right at home. For French country kitchens, brass or oil rubbed bronze hardware is fit right in. Glass or porcelain knobs look great in a Victorian themed kitchen, and ceramic or wooden knobs complement a rustic style.

When choosing your hardware, though, don’t just look at the material of the handles itself – also look for great shapes that match other shapes in the room. For example, if your theme revolves around sunflowers, small sunflower-shaped cabinet knobs are a great touch. If the room contains a lot of rounded elements, rounder hardware will look better than square or other sharper and more defined shapes. If your décor contains a lot of detailed elements, knobs and pulls with scrollwork designs are a great fit. You can even find knobs and pulls in fruits and vegetable shapes, or animal shapes, for a fun and funky accent.

You may be surprised by how much of a difference a great set of hardware can make for your cabinets and the kitchen as a whole. Just don’t forget to also swap out the hinges to match the new pieces, or your new makeover may look unfinished.