Many designers refer to kitchen cabinet hardware as “the jewelry of the kitchen.” And, much like a signature ring or a trendy bracelet, decorative knobs and pulls should harmonize with the rest of the kitchen details and reflect your personal style.
Here are four of the most popular options:
Knobs – From simple mushroom shapes to pegs, squares and hexagonal motifs, you’ll find knobs in metal, glass, crystal, ceramic, wood, gemstones, and just about any color you can imagine. Knobs work best on Shaker, Arts and Crafts, and mid-century cabinet styles, but even contemporary cabinets can benefit from their diminutive proportions.
Bar Pulls – In elongated shapes and finishes such as shiny chrome or sleek brushed nickel, pulls work especially well on contemporary cabinets. You’ll also find classic finishes like brass, antique copper, oil-rubbed bronze, and glass that pair perfectly with Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and Colonial cabinets. Because the entire hand is used, pulls are more comfortable to operate, especially for seniors and the disabled.
Bin Pulls – Also known as crescent pulls or finger pulls, this half-moon shaped hardware style adds a nostalgic touch to traditional cabinetry.
Appliance Pulls— Refrigerator and freezer pulls are available in several finishes to match your kitchen décor. Many lines feature a complete collection of matching knobs and pulls to create a seamless ensemble.
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To learn about different types of kitchen cabinets and about cabinet construction, read our post, Kitchen Cabinets Buying Guide.
To learn about kitchen cabinet door styles and finishes, read our post, Kitchen Cabinet Ideas – Styles and Finishes.