Choosing a finish for your cabinet hardware is a matter of preference. But sometimes, it’s hard to decide if you aren’t 100% sure it’ll coordinate with your cabinets—especially if you’re buying hardware online.
It’s true that certain finishes look better on certain cabinets. But if you really want to pull a room together, also keep in mind what your current fixtures like lighting and appliances look like. Cabinet knobs and pulls don’t have to be an exact match. Coordinating different finishes is a great way to experiment!
Black cabinet hardware adds a strong statement not only to lighter cabinets, but also some wood tones. This finish has been one of our favorites to pop up over the past few years. It’s not just suited for ultra-modern kitchens, either. Try using black hardware in more niche décor styles like mission or craftsman.
Recommended for: white, off-white, grey, light oak
There’s a reason we call nickel hardware ol’ reliable: no matter your cabinet color or décor style, this classic finish will always pull the look together. If you have darker painted cabinets (think navy or charcoal grey), nickel is the perfect silver accent. This finish works with everything from modern to transitional kitchens.
Recommended for: navy, white, cherry, oak
Oil rubbed bronze is another highly popular finish. It’s not only for the traditional types—farmhouse and other rustic kitchens are perfect settings for bronze hardware. If you have light cabinets, bronze hardware is a great choice to add contrast. On the flipside, this finish creates a streamlined look on darker cabinets.
Recommended for: white, cherry, oak, light oak