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April 13, 2022 by Chelsea Allard

5 Popular Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas for Your Home Remodel

When it comes to kitchen cabinet hardware ideas, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options available. Do you want knobs or pulls, all pulls, a combination of both, or something else entirely? What about finishes and materials? What size and how many? Just like jewelry can make or break an outfit, the look of your cabinetry can enhance your whole kitchen and give your home a more custom look.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas

A combination of cabinet knobs and drawer pulls in this traditional Myers Park kitchen avoids the appearance of being weighed down by cabinet hardware.

 

So, where do we start? Since no one wants to spend hours obsessing over kitchen cabinet knob ideas only to realize they made the wrong choice, it’s best to lean on an experienced designer who will help you make the right choice for your kitchen. After 18+ years of designing and specifying hardware for each of our kitchen and bath remodeling projects, we’ve developed an effective system for narrowing down the options quickly. Let’s explore a few kitchen cabinet hardware ideas and what they could look like in your home.


Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas to Consider

 

Usage

The function always comes first. By asking yourself three critical questions, you can quickly narrow the pool of options: What kind of cabinets are these going on, how much use they get, and who is using these cabinets the most?

Kitchen and bath cabinets get heavy usage. Such delicate materials as leather, woven tab pulls, or semi-precious stones don’t hold up over time and are not ideal kitchen cabinet hardware ideas. Those built-in cabinets flanking the fireplace, on the other hand, are probably opened and closed less frequently, so a more decorative selection would be appropriate there.

If you or a family member have large hands, some pulls will be much more challenging to grasp than others (like cup pulls or short pulls). People with arthritis in their hands should avoid knobs as they are almost impossible to grasp. Instead, opt for pulls that open by hooking something through them if necessary.

In some cases, it may be preferable to order all of your cabinetry with hidden, built-in touch latches, so you can bump the doors with your knee or elbow, allowing them to pop open effortlessly. Contemporary designs work best with this application, but it’s not required. If you’re interested in this solution, make sure to discuss it with your kitchen designer during the design phase, as it’s best to order the cabinets like this from the manufacturer instead of trying to retrofit them later.

Material and Finish

Cabinet hardware can vary wildly in cost in the kitchen, bathroom, or elsewhere throughout the home, depending on the manufacturer, material, and finish. A chrome knob made out of a metal alloy from the local hardware store could be $2, while a solid brass appliance pull for a panel-ready refrigerator could be well over $350. Most people want good quality pieces that will tarnish or discolor but don’t find it necessary to splurge on solid brass or bronze. They may feel richer in your hand, but most of our clients don’t see it’s worth the extra investment.

Unique Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas

This modern, rustic home on Mountain Island Lake home went with a brushed brass finish on uniquely designed pulls for their kitchen cabinet hardware. 

 

When it comes to finishes, don’t fall into the “every single metallic element in the house must match” trap. Production builders use this strategy because it’s easy and saves them time (great for them, not so great for you). Mixing metals creates a more custom look and sets your home apart from your neighbors. Nowhere in the house combines metallic elements more than a space with many metallic features, such as the kitchen. It’s ok to have stainless appliances, oil-rubbed bronze hardware on your interior doors, brushed brass light fixtures, and a polished nickel faucet with polished nickel cabinet hardware. As long as each finish makes sense with the rest of your design, don’t be afraid to mix it up!

 

Should your cabinet hardware have knobs, pulls, or a combination?

Now that you know how much usage your cabinets will get and who is using them the most, consider the breakdown of knobs and pulls. While it’s easy to decide to use all knobs or pulls, the finished kitchen cabinet or bathroom hardware will look much more custom and function better when you consider each cabinet.

Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas

In this farmhouse-inspired kitchen cabinet remodel, we used a combination of kitchen cabinet hardware ideas. We placed knobs on the doors, cup pulls on the drawers, and longer pulls on the paneled appliances.

 

Drawers and pull-outs tend to operate best with pulls, while doors are easily opened and closed with knobs or pulls. We prefer a combination of knobs and pulls of various sizes to keep them proportional to the cabinets. This step is where things can start to get confusing. Our designers calculate the size and quantity for our clients, but we’ve broken down our system below if you’re trying to do it independently.

 

Pros and Cons of Hardware Types

Pulls

Pros: Easy to grasp, great for drawers or cabinets, flexible

Cons: Larger in size, can take up more visual space

Knobs

Pros: Simple, small, great for cabinets

Cons: Not the best for drawers, unless it’s smaller in size

 

Cup Pulls

Pros: High-end look and feel, a great way to add flare to select drawers

Cons: Difficult functionality, not suitable for cabinets

 

 

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas: Knobs with Short Pulls

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Most higher quality hardware lines offer their pulls in several different sizes, but if you fall in love with one that doesn’t, you may want to double up as we did here. On drawers over 24″ wide, two pulls look more proportional than a tiny pull in the center. You will often see this look in farmhouse-style kitchens with cup pulls. Unfortunately, most cup pulls don’t come in various sizes.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas: All Pulls

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Selecting all pulls for your hardware is a great option, especially if you have high ceilings and tall cabinets. They provide clean lines and ideal functionality to this Historic Dilworth remodel.

 

How to Size Your Cabinet Hardware

The best way to determine the correct size pulls for a set of drawers is to take the width of the cabinet box and divide it by three. It’s unlikely the pull you’ve selected will ever be that exact measurement, so on wider drawers, choose the next size up. For smaller drawers, it usually looks best to size down. If the cabinets are inset, first subtract the size of the frame (typically, each side is 1 ¼” or 1 ½” wide, so 2 ½” -3″ total). If your chosen cabinet hardware has wider stiles, you may need to size down.

If you’re still worried that you’ll make the wrong choice, remember to ask yourself three questions: How often are these cabinets getting used? Who are the primary users? What sizes do I need?

 

Choosing the Best Hardware 

The most exciting part of a kitchen remodel is that you get to design your space exactly how you want it, for functionality and aesthetics. There are many combinations of pulls and finishes you can select and ultimately it comes down to what your kitchen cabinet hardware ideas are. Do you want a simple, functional choice that won’t detract from your cabinets? Do you want some additional wow factors in your kitchen? Once you have the general idea of what you want, enjoy the process of selecting the finish and details that speak to you and compliment your kitchen design. 

If you’d like this attention to detail on every aspect of your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, schedule a call with us today to speak to one of our project developers about your goals.

February 20, 2019 by Chelsea Allard

5 Modern Kitchen Design Must Haves

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “the kitchen is the heart of the home.” As cliché as it sounds, we couldn’t agree more. We’d argue it’s the most important room in the house, so we’ve compiled a list of five kitchen design must haves for a successful remodel. As a residential design-build remodeling firm, we see more requests for kitchen remodeling projects than any other room of the house. It’s where you spend time with your family, it’s where you nourish your body, it’s where you live. 

Develop a Vision for Your Kitchen

When we meet with a new client for the first time, we like to get a feel for how they use their current kitchen, what – if anything – is working well, and what’s making their lives harder or causing frustration. We listen to their vision to get a better understanding of their ideal kitchen, and how we can make it a reality. Some clients know exactly what they want the end result to look like and what needs to be rearranged to make the space work best for them, while others rely more heavily on our expertise to make suggestions and guide them through the best options. They know they don’t want what they have because it’s not working, but they may not know how best to solve those problems and that’s completely normal.

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Pull & Replace 

Sometimes the overall layout functions well, but the appliances are failing, and the cabinets are showing their age, but there’s no need to redesign half of the house to make improvements — we refer to these projects as “Pull and Replace” kitchens. We pull everything out down to the studs, make a few adjustments in the design and replace everything with new, higher quality materials so you’re no longer embarrassed when your mother-in-law shows up unannounced. The locations of major appliances and plumbing fixtures don’t move much, if at all, but we’re able to breathe new life into the kitchen by rethinking the storage or the counter space to make it a more functional, modern kitchen design.

 

A Modern Kitchen Design that Fits Your Needs

Often we know we aren’t going to meet the clients’ goals without completely redesigning the space and opening the kitchen up to other areas of the house. It may be that we’re improving traffic flow, or we may be creating additional gathering areas to connect with friends and family. Eliminating unnecessary walls, installing cohesive flooring throughout, relocating windows, doors, and major electrical, mechanical and plumbing lines is more involved, but isn’t usually difficult so long as there’s room in the budget and the timeline.

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5 Must Haves in Your New Kitchen Design

Regardless of the approach, each kitchen we design is a unique interpretation of a dream that comes together through the hands of our designers and craftsmen alike. Your designer will take your input to develop the best layout, and then curate materials schemes that best suit your aesthetic and budget. Kitchens have become a fashion industry, so the choices are endless (and completely customize-able) ensuring your kitchen doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s unless you want it to. While you get the last word when it comes to the redesign of your kitchen, and incorporating what’s most important to you, we have a list of modern kitchen design must-haves we’d urge you to consider:

  • Think of Storage as a Verb – You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t fantasize about more storage space, but when we constantly think of storage as a thing we always need more of, that’s when our houses become overrun with junk and clutter. Instead, think of storage as an action plan. Establish a designated place for everything, and then stick to it. You’ll be more organized and less stressed, not to mention the envy of your neighbors. We’re particularly fond of roll-out shelves, deep drawers and utensil and spice organizers to keep your new custom kitchen organized and accessible.
  • Lighting is Everything – Poor lighting will render even the prettiest kitchen dysfunctional. Advancements in modern LED fixtures have made them accessible to every purpose and every budget. We recommend utilizing three levels of lighting whenever possible: Ambient (recessed cans), task (under-cabinet lights) and decorative (pendants, sconces, etc.). Dimmers are a great way to customize your lighting even further, and they can be used in conjunction with LEDs, so long as the lamp is compatible.
  • Pick One Thing – Every kitchen needs a focal point. It could be a custom floating hood, or a unique backsplash tile that goes all the way up to the ceiling like wallpaper; maybe it’s an unexpected paint color on the island, a really fabulous light fixture or floating walnut shelves to display your Le Creuset collection. Whatever it is, make it yours and use it as inspiration for the rest of the design.

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  • Don’t Air Your Dirty… Trash – If you have a dog or a toddler (and even if you don’t) you probably understand the appeal behind a hidden spot for the trash and recycling. Waste is going to happen, but it doesn’t need to be front and center. In fact, it should be right next to your sink, opposite the dishwasher and it should pull out in one easy motion.
  • Scale Your Appliances to Your Home – Your appliance package should absolutely fit your needs, but don’t discount the expectations of potential future buyers either. The appliances appropriate for a two-bedroom bungalow are going to vary greatly to that of a five-bedroom custom home. Do you need a little help narrowing down which kitchen appliances to shop for before heading to a busy showroom? Download our free Kitchen Appliance Shopping Guide and save yourself a ton of time and frustration! 

Are you ready to take the next step toward creating your dream kitchen? Let’s discuss how we can help; fill out the form down below to get started!

January 17, 2019 by Chelsea Allard

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends For 2019

Kitchen and bath remodeling are consistently among the most requested projects for remodeling firms after the New Year. Your kitchen is the heart of the home. It serves as the launchpad for just about every activity in your home: meals, game nights, homework, and social gatherings with loved ones. Your master bathroom is a place to relax, refresh and rejuvenate yourself, whether starting your day or ending it. In highly used spaces such as these, style is no doubt important, but it comes secondary to how each room serves you and your family.  You need a space that works for how you live.

Choosing a reputable remodeling team with experienced kitchen and bath designers will ensure that your kitchen or bath remodel serves as more than just a touch up — it’s an investment in your home and your quality of life. Let’s take a look at what’s trending in kitchen and bath remodeling for 2019, and see how you can get inspiration for your next home remodeling project.

Neutral Kitchens Re-Imagined

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All-white kitchens have maintained popularity in kitchen remodeling for years because they’re often the most adaptable to various interiors, and they’re classic, they never really go out of style. But, over the past year there has been a considerable shift to include more color. Navy, ever the neutral blue, has been increasingly popular, especially paired with white. If blue and white conjures up images of cluttered shelves full of ginger jars, rest assured that bringing this classic color combination together in new and less traditional ways will make the space feel more modern and fresh.

Go Bold, but Never Underestimate a Classic Countertop

Although creative combinations of cabinetry and metal finishes are all the rage, we’re still seeing a high demand for classic countertops. Natural marble countertops will forever be another classic. The unique pattern of each slab makes every installation one-of-a-kind. That being said, engineered quartz is still dominating the kitchen remodeling market in Charlotte because it doesn’t require special attention or maintenance. While not for everyone, we find families with young children or grandchildren, or couples who really love to entertain, tend to gravitate toward quartz because it just makes life easier.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Metals

Mixing metals tends to give a space a more curated and intentional look. When the plumbing, appliances, light fixtures and cabinet hardware are all variations on brushed or stainless steel, it tends to look like there wasn’t much thought put into it. Homeowners have a tendency to stress over making sure everything matches, but it’s just not possible. When you’re combining similar finishes across half a dozen brands, they’re all going to be slightly different — especially anything gold or brass. We prefer to mix finishes, but not just for the sake of being different. When it’s intentional, mixing metals really adds another layer of detail making the kitchen that much more unique. In the navy and white kitchen above, we used chrome, stainless steel, aluminum and varying shades of brass.

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Simple Still Reigns in the Master Bath

In contrast to the bolder features that work well in kitchens, the master bath remains a retreat-inspired space, where less is almost always more. The bathroom is likely the first room you visit when you wake up in the morning and the last right before bed. During those transition times, when you’re inevitably tired, it’s calming not to be surrounded by lots of visually stimulating colors and patterns. Often we’ll choose one thing to make the bathroom a little more personal and less like your neighbors’ house – a custom cabinet color, an accent tile such as the 8 x 8 in the shower above, or a really sculptural light fixture or freestanding tub – and that’s all you need. Otherwise, we tend to stay more monochromatic and introduce some interest with varying textures.
This eclectic master bath remodel pulls inspiration from a few different styles, but the homeowners’ primary goal is consistent with what’s trending for 2019 — a master retreat that’s clean and bright, feels spacious, and is easy for both to use when schedules overlap.

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Must Haves for the Master Bathroom in 2019!

Frameless glass shower enclosures are easy to clean, and they provide clean sight lines which helps even the smallest bathrooms feel larger. Solid surface tops, whether quartz or natural stone, are a must for pony walls and curb caps, shower benches and even small foot rests for shaving. They create a more finished look and make cleaning much more effective. Hand held shower heads are also a must. Even if you don’t think you’d ever use it to bathe, you will be so happy it’s there when it’s time to clean the shower. They’re also really handy for washing the dog. And finally, accessible and sensible storage saves you so much time when you don’t have to search for things. Cabinet drawers are much more effective for storing most toiletries, and a wall mounted cabinet in the water closet is the perfect place to stash extra toilet paper so you’re never stuck.

Whatever your specific kitchen and bath remodeling needs are, we’ve got your covered. Are you looking to remodel your home this summer? Now is the time to start planning! Fill out the form below to schedule a conversation.