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Our 3-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Kitchen – What to Know

When updating or remodeling your kitchen, homeowners often focus on big items, such as the countertops, floorings, or the cabinets. Most people choose the kitchen hardware only after once everything has been decided upon, eventually making the hardware of choice not compatible with the overall style of the new kitchen.  

Though hardware selection may be a smaller detail when compared to other tasks, they can make a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. With many options available in the market, choosing the right kitchen hardware can be a difficult task. 

To choose the perfect kitchen hardware, you must narrow down your choices by identifying what type or style of cabinet you want to have in your kitchen. Modern-styled cabinets normally require modern pulls or handles, and the same applies to traditional cabinets that tend to look better with more traditional hardware. There are also cabinets that do not require pulls or handles but instead use indentations or grooves to open. Figuring out what type of cabinet you want in your kitchen is the first step in choosing the right kitchen hardware.

Kitchen hardware comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and colors, which can easily overwhelm you. With that, here are three basic tips to guide you in your selection process:

1. Stick with the theme

When you choose the hardware, you must consider the theme of your kitchen cabinets and think about which hardware works best for that particular theme. For example, sleek and tubular pulls work best with the streamlined look of the contemporary and modern kitchens. Traditional cabinets that have more details could benefit from simple and smooth knobs while French country-themed cabinets complement well with antique-looking hardware.

2. Keep finishes consistent

It is difficult to decide between brass, brushed nickel, and chrome finishes for your kitchen hardware. Though a mix and match of finishes could be nice around the kitchen, it is better to keep colors as close as possible with the rest of your kitchen hardware. Picture out all the kitchen’s metal accents like appliances, lighting, and faucets. Even if you have different styles in various places or you are forced to purchase your hardware from different retailers, still try your best to keep the finishes consistent.

3. Know when to use pulls or knobs

Seeing knobs on a cabinet in country-themed or traditional kitchens is common. With most cabinets, knobs are the more popular and better choice than pulls. 


  • Easy to use
  • Firmer grip
  • Allows you to move in the kitchen easily
  • Attractive look


  • Stylish
  • Can make the kitchen look dated
  • Less expensive

The choice of using knobs or pulls all depends on the overall style of your kitchen cabinets. One better way to look at it is to use pulls on drawers and knobs on cabinets. When you have kitchen cabinets that are finely or elegantly detailed, use knobs instead. They are smaller and can take the backseat allowing the details on the cabinets to shine.

With all the tips considered, choosing the perfect kitchen hardware will depend on your preference and budget. One aspect you must not forget is the quality. Choose kitchen hardware that is strong, easy to hold on to, and sturdy.

We provide kitchen remodeling services in Ocean City, get in touch with us today to see how we can help! 

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