Updating your kitchen can breathe new life into the space, especially when you update your cabinets. The color and style make a big impact, but don't overlook the influence of hardware. Although it may seem like a minor consideration in the scope of the project, the knobs or pulls you choose are a vital component of your kitchen. Keep these tips in mind as you choose the hardware for your kitchen cabinets.
Knobs vs. Pulls
Typical cabinet hardware can be divided into two categories: knobs or pulls. While knobs are typically used for upper cabinets because they require less force to open, pulls are ideal for lower cabinets that generally hold heavier items. While there is no reason you cannot use pulls on both upper and lower cabinets if you choose, trying to use knobs on lower cabinets will likely prove frustrating when you try to work in the kitchen. Many choose to use matching knobs and pulls in the kitchen to make work convenient.
Keep in mind the style of your cabinets when choosing your hardware. For example, if your cabinets and other kitchen appliances feature square, hard lines, you should choose square knobs or pulls. However, if your cabinets and other kitchen fixtures, like counters and appliances, feature softer, rounder lines or have raised doors, go with curved hardware.
The color of your hardware is also an important consideration. You have plenty of leeway to choose hardware color if your cabinets are white or are painted, but if your cabinets are dark, your choices may be more limited. Remember the knobs or pulls should enhance the appearance of your cabinets, but should not take away from their ornate features. Hardware with simple lines work best with ornate cabinets, while more decorative pulls and knobs can be used with cabinets with sleek designs.
It is natural for you to be concerned about the appearance of your kitchen hardware, but don't overlook the value of comfort. Try out knobs and pulls to see how they feel in your hands. Watch for sharp edges that may be uncomfortable on the hand. Likewise, choose a size and shape that fits your hand. Struggling with a knob or pull that is too small to handle easily will make your work in the kitchen frustrating. As a rule, four of your fingers should fit comfortably in the pull. If there is only room for two or three, consider a roomier pull.
Cost is always a consideration, but don't make it the deciding factor. Remember that you often get what you pay for. Cutting costs on your kitchen hardware may not be the best place to save money, as you will use the knobs and pulls every day. Make sure they are of sufficient quality to withstand daily use, even if you need to spend a little more for them.
If you are ready to update your kitchen with Kitchen Tune-up, contact us today. Our professionals can assist you in choosing options that are right for your space and lifestyle.