January 21, 2022 9 min read
When designing a kitchen, refurbishing some vintage furniture, or updating a bathroom, you will inevitably get to the point of having to choose the perfect cabinet hardware for your project.
Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but selecting cabinet hardware isn't as easy as you might think. Did you know that you will have to make a series of choices when choosing the perfect cabinet hardware for your project? You will have to decide the type of cabinet hardware, the size of cabinet pull you will need, the style, the finish of the cabinet hardware, the size of each piece of cabinet hardware, and the placement of each knob and pull.
And boom! Just like that, the seemingly simple task of choosing the cabinet hardware becomes complicated and confusing, and even overwhelming.
In this four-part series, we explore one of more important decisions regarding cabinet hardware - the finish.
So if you find yourself asking which color of cabinet hardware should I use for my project, keep reading!
In these articles, we tackle some common questions about cabinet hardware color.
To make it a bit easier to digest, we have taken our most popular cabinet hardware finishes and broken them down into four subgroups:
Black is a foundational color used in interior design for balance, contrast, or to add depth to a space. Black, in some form, can be found in almost any room. There are many different shades of blacks in design. Some have exciting and descriptive names like; midnight oil, magical black, wild onyx, or ebony king. When it comes to cabinet hardware, our shades of black are not as varied and not as cleverly named. Generally, there are two primary hues of black to consider; matte black and flat black.
As we mentioned, there are generally two main finishes of standard black
cabinet hardware - matte black and flat black. Often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference between the two finishes worth pointing out. In our experience, flat black is a deep black color with a very subtle sheen, whereas matte black is just that - matte and black. It is a deep rich finish with little to no reflective qualities, shine or gloss.
Matte black cabinet hardware has a warm, luxurious richness that elevates design styles;. At the same time, flat black is just as elegant and complimentary, but with a bit of shine. The difference between matte black and flat black is so slight that you would almost have to hold the cabinet hardware side by side to see a difference.
From the hand forged cast iron pulls of centuries ago all the way to today's design theater - black cabinet knobs and pulls have been around forever and they are not likely going anywhere any time soon.
Fixtures: When it comes to fixtures like lights and faucets, we see black as the foundational color. Black faucets are super popular right now, and they of course look scrumptious with black hardware. But mixing black with other metals like brass, copper, or silver is also a really stunning cohesive look.
Appliances: Black cabinet hardware can blend with any finish of appliances. Whether you are going for the colorful SMEG line of fridges and ovens, or channeling your inner chef with stainless steel, or staying traditional with white appliances - black cabinet handles are the safest bet! They really do go with everything!
Like other finishes, black cabinet hardware comes in a variety of shapes and styles, and as we can agree that the universality of black compliments pretty much any home style from modern to farmhouse, shabby chic to industrial, minimalist to country-chic, craftsman to Mediterranean or Scandinavian to eclectic - black cabinet hardware is an easy go-to choice and strikes a compelling overall look.
Ageless, classic, chic, dramatic, stunning, elegant, striking - by any word - cabinet hardware in the black finish is a forever favorite of ours.
Although similar to black cabinet hardware, we think that the black nickel finish is so unique that it is deserving of a category all to itself. Why? Although black nickel is black, it is much more than just that.
Think of it like this, black nickel is to black as polished chrome is to silver. Essentially, they are the same base colors, but they are vastly different looks in the end. The black nickel finish is a bright reflective polished finish that is glossy and shiny. The deep dark tones of black also have an undercurrent of a silvery nickel tint, making for a slate black-like appearance.
There have been recent trends towards darker colors in interior design. Once feared by many designers and homeowners, dark colors such as graphite are becoming a popular finish in home decor. We have placed graphite into the "dark tones" category. Still, in all fairness, it could have easily made its way into the "grey" category or the "earth tones" group.
The graphite cabinet hardware finish is a bit tricky to pin down. Not quite black, not really grey, and not entirely black-green, it turns out that graphite color is hard to capture with words. Let's give it a whirl: Our graphite cabinet hardware has a muted, deep gunmetal-grey hue that pulls dark, black, and grey undertones while mixing various shades of greens and browns in both its undertones and accents. Whew...I know, I know, it sounds like our graphite cabinet hardware is some washed-out blob of color. It really is not! Graphite knobs and pulls are actually a warm, inviting, and attractive color that is also quite versatile.
As we have said many times, we love a good monochromatic look. For example, satin nickel pulls on grey cabinets or black knobs on black slate furniture - we just love it! With the graphite hardware and its glorious undertones - that monochromatic look is so pretty. Painted furniture or cabinets in dusky grey, black coral, or taupe-y silver all look fabulous with the graphite knobs or pulls.
When we say graphite cabinet hardware, it conjures images of a design of industrial-style city lofts and cold spaces. Sure, our graphite knobs and pulls can look perfect in that setting, but they are rather versatile.
We see the graphite in homes with neutral tones like modern and contemporary, but also in more dramatic design arenas like Bohemian and Art Deco. The graphite finish is just as complimentary to transitional settings to modern farmhouses and country chic.
There you have it...our three most popular dark toned hardware. Black hardware in any of its form, is a beautiful classic look and easily blends into so many different design arenas.
We certainly hope that this four-part guide about cabinet hardware finishes was helpful in choosing the right color of knob and pull for your project.
We are a small family business and we love talking about cabinet hardware and helping our customers find the perfect product for their home. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com for any other questions, pointers or design tips!
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