Choosing Decorative Knobs and Pulls for Your Kitchen Cabinetry
Adding decorative hardware to kitchen cabinetry is often likened to adding a piece of jewelry to that little black dress. A knob or a pull is the finishing touch that can add flair, personality, and individuality to your kitchen. When planning your new space, you should give plenty of thought to the decorative hardware that will become part of the final design.
There are no firm rules when it comes to choosing decorative hardware, and with the vast amount that is available today, the selection process can be a bit overwhelming. Use the following tips for selecting decorative knobs and pulls for your kitchen cabinetry.
A combination of knobs and pulls are used in this kitchen.
- Choose a style and finish that matches your décor.
- Choose a style that complements the door style and finish.
- Keep proportion in mind when selecting, as you do not want the piece to overpower the door. For example, a brushed nickel or antique brass to add to the look of a traditional room or door style. Whereas, a contemporary styled interior or door might call for shiny chrome or stainless steel to be used.
- Choose a style that feels comfortable in your hand.
- Remember cleaning and maintenance when selecting hardware. A heavy textured piece may be harder to keep clean than a smooth piece.
- Choose a finish that matches or blends with other finishes in the room. You want everything to look like it belongs together.
- Think about using both knobs and pulls in the kitchen: knobs on the doors, pulls on the drawers
- Hardware can help create a focal point in your kitchen. Incorporate a different knob or pull style, or change the finish to place emphasis on a certain area.
Long stainless steel pulls are used on this
contemporary door style.
When installing cabinet hardware, choose a location that is comfortable for you as the end user. However, your chosen cabinet door style might already dictate where the hardware is to be installed. Use the information below as a guideline for the installation location.
- Wall cabinet doors install on the lower non-hinge side; depending on the rail size, anywhere from 2″ - 4″ from the bottom.
- Base cabinet doors install on the upper non-hinge side; depending on the rail size 2″ - 4″ from the top.
- Drawers; center the knob or pull. For wider drawers, two pieces might be a good idea. As a guideline, drawers with widths up to 30″ should have one piece of hardware, and drawers with widths over 30″ should have two pieces of hardware. Ultimately, however, this is left to your preference.
Installation tip: Create or buy a durable template prior to drilling to mark the mounting holes. This will ensure that the location of the knob or pull is properly positioned and consistent on each cabinet door or drawer front throughout the kitchen.