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The Best Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas

Sometimes design really is all in the details.

Updating your kitchen cabinet hardware is one of the easiest ways to personalize your kitchen. Replacing your old knobs with new brass handles is a minor change that could make a big difference. Not only does upgrading your cabinet hardware emphasize the design of your kitchen, it also makes a difference in terms of usability when cooking and cleaning.

In our guide we cover the top kitchen cabinet hardware ideas that benefit design and functionality. Whether you're looking for modern hardware that works best with heavy drawers or a more unique option like leather pulls, we break down the pros and cons of each hardware style.

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Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas

Read through our guide on the best cabinet hardware ideas for every type of kitchen.

Brass Cabinet Hardware

Brass cabinet hardware

Made from a combination of copper and zinc, brass is one of the most durable metals for interior hardware. Since it's such a durable material, brass handles and knobs work great for heavy drawers that have large items like pots, pans or large utensils. Because brass has such a rich color, it pairs best with white, black, neutral or cool-toned cabinets.

Copper Cabinet Hardware

Copper cabinet hardware

Did you know copper is the first metal that humans used? It's clear to see why copper is so popular as it provides an unmatched warmth and glow to any interior. Since copper doesn't hold up as well as brass, many manufacturers will make brass hardware and coat it in copper so that you get the best of both worlds.

Black Cabinet Hardware

Black cabinet hardware

If you have a well-lit kitchen and can afford to add some darker accents, black hardware is a great option for your cabinets. Black hardware is also perfect if you have bold elements in your kitchen and need an understated feature to create balance. Consider a glossy black if you have a contemporary styled kitchen or a matte black if you are going for the rustic appeal.

Brushed Nickel Cabinet Hardware

Brushed nickel cabinet hardware

Brushed nickel is a popular design for homeowners because it immediately modernizes any kitchen and is a durable hardware option. Brushed nickel is created by sanding nickel and then covering it in a satin finish, creating a unique aesthetic that can work with many types of kitchens.

Full Length Cabinet Pulls

Full length cabinet pulls

Full length cabinet pulls are a great option for long drawers and drawers that are on the heavier side. Full length pulls provide a sleek and minimalist aesthetic, so they fit best with a modern kitchen. For the best leverage, install your full length cabinets pulls at the top of the cabinet rather than the middle.

Tab Cabinet Pulls

Tab cabinet pulls

Like full length pulls, tab pulls work well with sleek, minimalist designs. This understated hardware option allows you to accentuate the sharp design lines found on most contemporary cabinets. Tab pulls are great for lightweight or smaller cabinets and drawers, but may give you some difficulty with larger, heavier cabinets.

Glass Cabinet Hardware

Glass cabinet hardware

Glass cabinet hardware is a great option for traditional style kitchens. Glass hardware offers an artful and classic touch. Glass works best as stylish knobs in a kitchen with lots of natural lighting so that the knobs can really shine. Consider adding glass knobs to your hutch or china cabinet for an added elegant effect.

Leather Cabinet Hardware

Leather cabinet hardware

Leather cabinet hardware is a unique option for homeowners who want to use more earthy materials. Leather hardware is found most often in modern kitchens that incorporate other unique kitchen design elements such as exposed ceilings or kitchen islands with reclaimed wood. Leather pulls are a great option for large drawers filled with heavy pots and pans or other heavy kitchen items.

Wood Cabinet Hardware

Wood cabinet hardware

If you like the idea of using earthy materials but want something more rigid than leather, exposed wood cabinet pulls and knobs are perfect for you. Wood cabinet hardware creates a great muted aesthetic that fits both modern and traditional styling — think Scandinavian for modern kitchen and rustic farmhouse for traditional kitchens.

Bold Cabinet Hardware

Bold cabinet hardware

Love going bold? You're in luck, cabinet hardware is the perfect medium to give your kitchen a little extra flare. Try a standout color like firetruck red or canary yellow, or go bold with a material like marble or painted ceramic.

If you're installing the cabinet hardware yourself, there are a few tips to keep in mind that can make all the difference. Consider using a template to help you keep your drill holes uniform and use adhesive putty to mockup the placement of your hardware before you screw it down. Also, don't be afraid to mix and match hardware styles! Sometimes using two or three different types of knobs and pulls can give just the right amount of differentiation if your kitchen is looking too uniform.

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