Materials For Kitchen Cabinet Pulls & Knobs
When it comes to the style of your cabinet’s hardware, your options are limitless. This is the part in hardware selection where you can let your mind run wild and really put a personal touch on your hardware. Although there is no end to what style you may chose, there are categories that can help limit your selection to a style that suits your home the best.
Cabinet Pulls & Knobs Styles Include:
- Arts & Crafts: Hammered textures are commonly used for this type of time period. Hammered metals were used to create a very dark textured look and feel. Common metals include aged iron, silver or bronze hammered knobs. The pulls typically have geometric cutouts.
- Contemporary: Stainless steel, brightly-colored resin, artisan glass, brushed nickel and plastics are great choices for a contemporary styled kitchen. If you are looking for a cool contemporary style than you should look for elongated angled pulls and geometric knobs. However, if you want a warmer contemporary style you should opt for elongated pulls that are curved and free of sharp angles or T-knobs. Also, matte finishes work well with a warm style.
- Cottage: Much attention is given to the knobs in a cottage-styled kitchen. Common materials include porcelain and embossed stoneware. You will also find semi-glossy periwinkle blues, creams and white colors as well as woven designs using wire or bamboo.
- Country/Farmhouse: This type of style is very simple in design. Wood, porcelain and brass are commonly used to create a soft breezy look and feel. You will see wooden knobs or rustic brass cup pulls as well as glazed porcelain and faceted glass knobs. You may also want to consider using decorative country symbols on the walls and counters.
- Georgian/Traditional: Common materials include brass, weathered copper, nickel and pewter. With this type of style, the hardware is often suggestive of the furniture.
- Old World: This style reflects European antiquity. It is generally a blend of periods for a European atmosphere that hints at centuries long past. You will notice hefty hardware with an aged finishes. Cast iron with wire frames and ceramic with a distressed texture can be used to create an aged look and feel. You will also notice rust finishes.
- Rustic Retreat: Common materials include wood and natural stone products. Aged and weathered finishes are popular, as well as the hammered texture.
- Tuscan: Hand painted ceramic knobs are commonly used with this theme. You will notice colors such as warm lime, blue and rust. Also, jeweled-tone glass with silver overlay is a great way to play on this theme.
- Victorian: This theme creates a classy antiqued look and feel. It also tends toward the frilly and feminine appeal. Faceted clear glass knobs and stained dark wood is commonly used.
Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Textures
Not only must you select the material that you want your cabinets hardware made of, you must also decide on a texture that compliments your cabinet’s design. There are several unique ways to dress-up your hardware and cerate a distinct statement for your cabinets. Having an idea of the different available textures will make it easy to select the one that’s right for you.
Common texture options include:
- Distressed: A texture that outs dents and scratches on the surface of the material to create a feel classic look. It is commonly used for country and farmhouse kitchens.
- Hammered: Just like the name if it, this texture creates a hammered looked by making broad or narrow surface indentations. Commonly used for Arts & Crafts homes.
- Matte: This texture is very plain and dull. This surface is very subtle and will differ only upon the material used. For example, matte antique brass and copper knobs are great for period kitchens, while matte chrome and satin brass work better with contemporary spaces.
- Oil Rubbed: Generally applied to bronze. The hardware’s aged sheen will show through a charcoal-colored finish.
- Polished: Offers a reflective luster and smooth feel. Considered a bold look and is often used for bar areas and bathrooms.
- Satin: This texture falls between matte and polished options in terms of its patina.
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