Choosing Cabinet Pulls That Will Elevate Your Kitchen Design
When remodeling a kitchen, homeowners face a series of important decisions. Unfortunately, it can be easy for some homeowners to become so focused on the large purchases like countertops and tile that they lose sight of other design elements that deserve equal attention. One example of often-overlooked kitchen hardware is cabinet pulls and knobs. The right or wrong cabinet hardware can make or break a kitchen remodel, so it’s important to carefully consider them when planning your new kitchen design. Read on for our tips to ensure that the cabinet pull selection process results in a beautiful and cohesive final design.
Start By Finalizing Your Cabinet Style
Before you start looking at cabinet hardware, you should have your cabinet style selection
locked in. It’s essential that your cabinet and drawer pulls are a good fit for the cabinets themselves, otherwise the entire kitchen design can become unbalanced.
For example, if you select flat-front cabinets, you’ll likely want to pair them with sleek and minimal pull hardware. Likewise, elaborate arched cabinets will look best with similarly elaborate pull hardware.
Choose a Shape
When it comes to cabinet hardware shapes, there are three main categories to choose from: knobs, pulls, and cup pulls. While knobs are primarily used on cabinets and cup pulls are primarily used on drawers, standard pulls are often used on both cabinets and drawers.
One major consideration when choosing shapes for your pull hardware is how they will look with the surrounding fixtures. If you have a substantial amount of straight lines in your design, you’ll likely want to opt for straight standard pull hardware. However, if your design incorporates rounded corners and arched details, then knobs and cup pulls may be more appropriate.
Another consideration in choosing pull hardware shapes for your kitchen remodel is how comfortable they will be to use. If you have the opportunity to test the exact style of hardware that you are considering before ordering it at a local showroom, don’t skip it. You don’t want to end up with pull hardware that isn’t a good fit for your household’s preferences.
Select a Finish
There are a variety of finishes available for pull hardware, including black, white, silver, gold, and brass. In order to narrow down your options for a hardware finish, a good place to start is looking at the other metal finishes in your kitchen remodel design. Some areas to consider here are lighting fixtures, faucet hardware, and appliances. You don’t necessarily have to match these finishes exactly (although this can create a very cohesive look) but it’s important to keep them in mind and choose cabinet hardware finishes that pair nicely with them.
Consider the Cost
You can think of pull hardware as “the jewelry of the kitchen”. Just like jewelry, cheaply made pull hardware will break sooner, wear down faster, and look cheaper than quality brands. This means that it’s definitely not a place to cut corners on price. Well-built cabinet hardware will elevate the appearance of your kitchen remodel and last for decades.
Ready to Start Designing the Kitchen of Your Dreams?
At Straight Line Design & Remodeling, we have been designing and building kitchens to meet the needs of families in the Portland metro area for over a decade. That means that we have the experience and know-how to bring your project to life while staying on schedule and on budget.