The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the epicenter for evening family dinners, annual holiday parties, Saturday crafts with the kids, and messy homemade pasta night.
When beginning a new kitchen remodel project, there are a few big questions that arise during the first steps of the design process—What type of cabinets do I want? What is the best color scheme for my space? Should I go for a bold backsplash or a classic subway tile?
While all these questions are key to creating your dream kitchen or simply revamping your current one, there is an essential design question that is often an afterthought—What hardware do I choose?
Hardware is a relatively inexpensive addition, often serving as a subtle design element that adds value and increases kitchen functionality. Choosing the right finishing for your hardware, such as brushed nickel, matte black, or copper, is just one portion of the selection process. Discovering the right pull or knob style to fit your space, whether you’re in the midst of a complete redesign or looking to refresh, can personalize your kitchen and create cohesion.
Check out our must-haves for hardware and finishes this year!
Matte Black: Timeless and versatile, matte black hardware is a great choice for homeowners looking for a high contrast and elegant finish. For some, matte black is considered a more modern and minimalist style, but it can be implemented in any space, from traditional to industrial. Designers and decorators alike are drawn to the adaptability of matte black, as it pairs well with other finishes such as chrome or brass.
Oversized Pulls: The new hardware trend of 2020 is most definitely oversized pulls. Dramatic and distinctive, this pull style can draw the eyes and create an architectural element in your space. Aesthetics aside, oversized pulls bring increased functionality to larger cabinets. Offered in a variety of finishes from Top Knobs, elongated hardware is sure to enhance interest and alter the atmosphere of your kitchen.
Mix – and – Match: Whether it’s marrying contrasting metal finishes or choosing two different hardware types for cabinetry, mixing and matching in the kitchen is artistic and bold. A common use of this technique is installing two unique knobs or pulls for the upper or lower cabinets. Metals like brass and copper can be paired as well, adding depth and creating a richer color palette. These eye-catching approaches to design are daring (but aren’t for the faint of heart!)
Personalized Hardware: New trends are not for everyone. With a mass demand for the most popular designs, sometimes diverting from the norm can lead to the perfect hardware choice. Interested in a more rustic, natural theme in your kitchen? The Aspen Twig Pull from Top Knobs might be just the right fit with its asymmetrical and authentic design. Interested in a more Bohemian design? Atlas Homewares’ Nature Collection is a relaxed, earthy choice. Bringing your uncommon style to the space adds personality and character that furthers the customization of your kitchen.