Tips for Choosing Kitchen Hardware

Want to update your kitchen area, but not sure where to begin? If you don’t have time to tear up your backsplash or replace the old appliances, start small and focus on the hardware. Choosing kitchen hardware is a manageable project that can make a big difference in the functionality and appearance of your kitchen. Gain some inspiration and best practices for choosing kitchen hardware below.

Shop for Style

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Consider a color palette that ages gracefully. Neutral colors, like black, white and gray, are timeless trendy hues.

From creating accent pieces to discovering the perfect focal point, the style of your kitchen hardware can impact the overall design. But, with so many styles available it can be difficult to narrow it down to one. Researching, brainstorming and ultimately settling on one cohesive look before you begin your project is a good starting point. 

For a clean-cut, sleek look that utilizes a simple color palette, find a modern hardware solution. For example, vintage or rustic styles give your kitchen a homey, warm atmosphere that complements dark wood cabinets and flooring. And, if you’d like a kitchen that will outlive today’s design fads, stick to neutral colors and conventional designs. 

The shape or construction of your hardware is another design aspect to consider. Used in elegant settings, a backplate construction often includes ornate embellishing. Conversely, bar pulls give you easy access to drawers and offer a sleek appearance ideal for minimalist looks. Additionally, bin or cup pulls deliver a classic look that dates back to the mid-19th century. Overall, by pairing the construction style with your desired kitchen aesthetic, you’ll have a refreshed kitchen in no time.

Search for Sturdy Materials

When deciding on your kitchen hardware, consider durability and functionality. Stainless steel and wood materials are long-lasting and easy to maintain.

Not only does the hardware material lend a certain design style, but it also offers a lasting quality and feel that’s right for your kitchen. Solid brass, stainless steel, bronze, marble, glass, pewter, and even wood are all durable options that will endure wear and tear for years to come,  

Find Functional Hardware

When choosing kitchen hardware, homeowners often consider the look above everything else. That’s why it’s important to remember to test your hardware’s functionality before installing it. For knobs, pulls and other fixtures, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this hardware easy to grip?
  • Is this fixture too small or too big for my cabinets or drawers?
  • Will this knob or handle bump against any of my other fixtures?
  • How easy is the installation process?
  • Have I positioned the hardware at an easy-to-use place?

If you’re feeling lost in the renovation process or need advice from a professional, talk with our team of designers at Friel Lumber. Our Kitchen & Bath Design Center is a great place to find the kitchen hardware that’s fit for your home. Whether you’re in the market for a slick, modern design or a unique touch, we can help. Contact us today to get started on your next project.

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