When you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets, you need to think about more than just the paint color. The hardware you choose can make a big difference in the way your cabinets look. Think of your knobs, pulls, and handles like pieces of jewelry. They can go a long way in upgrading your kitchen, adding charm and flair, or making a bold statement.

So what’s on trend and which factors should you consider as you’re shopping around for hardware? Here’s what to know before you make a decision.

A Knob or a Pull

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to hardware. However, typically, knobs are used for doors and pulls are used for drawers. If you have a large pull-out drawer, like a trash pull-out, for instance, pulls are more comfortable and functional. Or, you can also opt for all knobs on the upper cabinetry and all pulls on the lower cabinets, for a harmonious mix of the two. 

When you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets, another option is to choose only knobs or only pulls for all your cabinets. For a more clean and contemporary look, opt for pulls. For an ultra-modern look, you can even install extra long, full-length pulls that are the width of the cabinet.

Keep in mind, though, when it comes to pulls, some will need to be mounted vertically when they’re on a door front, and others horizontally, when they’re on a drawer. 

Want something more traditional? Then all knobs can work, too. This is especially true if you’re looking for something more subtle to go with ornate cabinetry or a bold backsplash. 

Keep Size in Mind 

If you’re shopping online for cabinetry hardware, it’s important to always read through the dimensions. What looks large on screen might be too small for your cabinets. Once you’re done repainting your kitchen cabinets, the end result can look and even feel awkward if the hardware isn’t the proper size. 

In general, for pulls, the length should be around ⅓ of the cabinet or drawer width. This means that for a drawer that’s 12 inches wide, a pull that’s around 3-4 inches long or a one-inch knob works. For medium-sized drawers, from 12-30 inches, a pull that’s 4-8 inches or a knob that’s 1.5 inches in diameter will fit better. Finally, for larger drawers, like those that are 30-48 inches, look for a pull that is 8 or more inches or a knob that is one inch in diameter and use two of them. 

Take a Look at Your Lines

When you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets, there are endless possibilities when it comes to the size and shape of your hardware. As a result, the decision might seem overwhelming. 

However, another way to help you choose is to take a look at the lines around you. For instance, are your counter edges, light fixtures, and cabinet style curved and more traditional (such as a traditional raised panel or pillow-top cabinets), or more modern and straight (like a flat panel cabinet)? Choose the hardware that aligns best with the existing elements you have in your kitchen. This will make your cabinets and your whole kitchen appear more cohesive when you’re done repainting.

Find Your Finish

There are many different finishes to choose from, including:

  • Chrome
  • Brushed nickel
  • Polished brass
  • Polished nickel
  • Satin nickel
  • Antique brass
  • Matte black
  • Aged bronze/oil

Each of these options will add visual interest to your kitchen and infuse it with your own unique personal touch. So how do you decide on the right one? 

Look at other finishes in your kitchen. For instance, if your light fixtures are antique brass, then choose hardware that has the same or a similar finish. Also, consider your sink and faucet. If these are stainless steel, don’t worry about finding a finish that matches perfectly. Instead, look for something that complements it, like antique pewter, oil-rubbed bronze, or even black matte.

That said, don’t be afraid to mix metals when you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets and choosing hardware. Your kitchen should reflect your personal style, so there are no wrong design choices. You can break the “rules” and mix and match different metals if you find a look you love. 

Another source of inspiration when you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets are the cabinets themselves. What color are you planning to use to paint them? Hardware that adds contrast to the cabinets will stand out and pop. If, however, you want a look that’s more quiet or subdued, then choose a finish that blends well with your cabinets.

Don’t Forget About Function

You found hardware you absolutely love. The problem? It’s not practical. Whether it’s due to the size, shape, or your lifestyle, it just doesn’t feel right. Don’t assume you’ll get used to it over time. In fact, it might bother you even more. If you touch and hold a sample – and it’s not comfortable – then look for a different option that feels right.

There’s certainly a lot to think about when it comes to hardware when you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets. If you’d like help with the entire project, turn to N-Hance®. We can review options, make recommendations, and help you decide whether to use pulls, knobs, or a mix. We’ll also provide you with samples, so you can make a confident choice you love. 

When you’re repainting your kitchen cabinets, let the professionals at N-Hance bring your vision to life. Call (855) 642-6230 to set up a FREE consultation.