Cabinet hardware is often called the jewelry of a home. It plays a significant role in both the functionality and aesthetics of cabinets. Choosing the right hardware can elevate the look and usability of your cabinets, enhancing your overall experience in the room. Here are some things to consider when making the choice for your new LifeStyle home.

1.Think about functionality. First and foremost, consider how you use your cabinets and the level of convenience you desire. If you have heavy or large cabinet doors, you might prefer hardware that offers a solid grip and easy operation. Choose knobs or handles that are comfortable to grasp and operate. Well-designed hardware ensures smooth operation and helps prevent wear and tear on the cabinet doors or drawers over time.

2.Coordinate finishes and cabinet colors. Pay attention to the finish of the cabinet hardware. Common finishes include brushed nickel, chrome, brass, oil-rubbed bronze, and matte black. Choose a finish that coordinates with other fixtures and hardware in the room, such as faucets, light fixtures, or appliances. Additionally, consider the material and color of your cabinets. If you have natural wood cabinets, you might choose hardware that complements the wood grain or color. For painted cabinets, you can choose hardware that contrasts or matches the paint color.

3.Invest in durability. Quality cabinet hardware is built to withstand regular use and last for a long time. Investing in durable hardware ensures that your cabinets will remain functional and visually appealing for years to come. Additionally, some hardware finishes are more resistant to tarnishing or corrosion, making maintenance easier.

4.Pay attention to proportions. Consider the size and scale of your cabinets when choosing hardware. Larger cabinets might require larger or more substantial hardware, while smaller cabinets may benefit from smaller, delicate options. Aim for a balanced and proportionate look.

5.Consider ergonomics for a better experience. The choice of cabinet hardware can greatly impact the ergonomics of using cabinets. The size, shape, and placement of knobs or handles can affect how comfortable and easy it is to grip and operate the cabinets. Ergonomically designed hardware can reduce strain and improve the overall user experience.

6.Choose on-trend hardware that enhances your home’s style and aesthetics. Cabinet hardware is a small design element that makes a big impact. It is an essential piece in the overall design and aesthetics of a space. The style, finish, and design of the hardware can complement or enhance the overall look of the cabinets and the room. It provides an opportunity to add decorative accents or tie in with the existing décor, whether you prefer a modern, traditional, rustic, or eclectic style.

Here are the latest style and aesthetics trends to consider.

  • Minimalist and modern. Clean lines, sleek shapes, and minimalist designs are popular in modern cabinet hardware. Simple, streamlined knobs and handles with contemporary finishes like brushed nickel or matte black are often chosen to create a sleek and sophisticated look.
  • Mixed metals. Mixing different metal finishes is a growing trend. Combining complementary or contrasting finishes, such as brass with matte black or chrome with gold, adds visual interest and depth to cabinets. This trend allows for more creativity and personalization in hardware selection.
  • Warm and natural tones. Warm and natural finishes like brass, copper, and bronze are gaining popularity. These finishes can add warmth and a touch of luxury to cabinets, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. Warm metallic tones can complement a variety of cabinet colors and materials.
  • Textured and embellished hardware. Textured or embellished hardware can add visual interest and create focal points on cabinets. Options like hammered metal, knurled textures, or intricate patterns on knobs and handles can bring a unique and tactile element to your cabinetry.
  • Vintage and retro styles. Vintage and retro-inspired hardware is making a comeback. These designs evoke nostalgia and can be a great way to add character and charm to cabinets. Look for vintage-inspired knobs, handles, or bin pulls with antique finishes or intricate detailing.
  • Leather accents. Leather-wrapped or leather-accented hardware is a trend that adds warmth and a touch of luxury. Leather pulls or handles can create an interesting contrast with the cabinet material and provide a tactile element to the design.
  • Oversized hardware. Large, oversized knobs or handles are being used as statement pieces on cabinets. These bold and substantial hardware pieces can make a dramatic impact and add a contemporary flair to the space.
  • Unique shapes and geometric designs. Non-traditional shapes and geometric designs are becoming more popular. Cabinet hardware in geometric forms, such as hexagons, squares, or asymmetrical shapes, can add a modern and artistic touch to the cabinets.

When it comes to style and aesthetics, we recommend that you look for inspiration online, in magazines, or at home improvement stores. Explore current trends, but also consider timeless designs that will remain appealing for years to come. At the end of the day, ultimately it’s important to trust your personal taste and instincts. Choose cabinet hardware that resonates with you and creates a space you love.

And of course, during your design and color consultation with LifeStyle’s kitchen design team, our professionals will guide you to cabinet hardware options that meet all the above criteria.

To get started on your own home, give us a call at (321) 727-8188 or browse photos of our completed homes on our website,