November 20, 2021 11 min read
Cabinet hardware is often the very last thing to select during a remodeling or new construction project. Although that may seem like a pretty simple task to check off your renovation to-do list - choosing your cabinet hardware can be anything but easy.
Did you know that there are just so many questions that have to be answered before you pick out your perfect cabinet hardware?
Yup, first you have to decide of if you want a cabinet pull (handle) or if you want a knob and how to decide which piece of hardware will go where. Do you use all pulls or all cabinet knobs? That is the design part of it. And then, you will have to determine how you want to mount your pulls - vertically or horizontally. Then comes the measuring, you will have to know what size pull to use best on cabinet drawers and what size pulls look best on cabinet doors.
All that and we haven't it got to the finish!! Yup, you still have to decide what color cabinet hardware will look best on your project.
So, if you feel a bit overwhelmed about cabinet hardware style, placement and then find yourself asking: How do I find the perfect color of cabinet hardware for my project?We got you covered!
We have put together a four-part series that takes a deep dive into the different CABINET HARDWARE FINISHES. In these articles, we are exploring some common questions about kitchen cabinet hardware colors such as:
What is the most popular cabinet hardware finish?
Does my cabinet hardware finish have to match my faucet and fixtures finishes?
If I have dark cabinets, what color should my pulls be?
What cabinet hardware finish looks best on wood cabinets?
To answer those sorts of questions and more; we are considering such things as popularity, style, cabinet finish trends, and some particular pairings for cabinet hardware in the kitchen.
We have broken down some of our more popular finishes into four different groups based on color characteristics;
In part one, we looked at four of our most popular cabinet hardware in the earth tones and talked about antique copper, antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, and antique brushed brass. In the second part of the series, we will look at the cabinet hardware from the silver family.So, welcome to part two of our series, and let's get started with our four most popular cabinet hardware finishes in silver tones.
First, what are the silver tones?
Well, the name says it all, doesn't it. Silver tones are derived from metal, and that metal would be, well, you guessed it - silver. Silver tones such as polished chrome and satin nickel are often used in interior design because they stand the test of time. Designers and homeowners alike find that the silver cabinet hardware family has remained popular and coordinates with many different styles, colors, and finishes.
So what are the four most popular finishes of silver hardware? Well, let's bite this silver bullet and find out!
Our antique silver cabinet hardware collection boasts many intricate decorative pieces with ornamented styles. These pieces simulate hand-forged silver of years gone by and are often the go-to for furniture rehab junkies.
As you probably know, real silver becomes oxidized or tarnished over time, making the silver base streak with black or smokey grey tones. Our antique silver cabinet hardware is manufactured to mimic that aging of silver. So the hardware has that authentic aged look with a rich, darker, low reflective silvery finish and black patina hues.
Hands down, one of the most classic finishes for cabinet hardware has to be satin nickel. Sometimes referred to as "brushed nickel" by different manufacturers, the two finishes are essentially the same. To avoid unnecessary complications, we have opted to categorize both finishes into one category - satin nickel. Just think of the two finishes as being interchangeable.
Compared to similar silvery finishes such as stainless steel and chrome, the satin nickel cabinet hardware has a warmer finish with soft undertones and a non-reflective surface. The warm grey color has a slight gold undertone that is not quite discernible but contributes to the low luster and non-reflective qualities.
A popular finish, weathered nickel cabinet hardwarehas undoubtedly maintained its relevance in the design theater. Like the once-popular pewter finish, the weathered nickel is a warm, welcoming, and natural finish.
Cabinet hardware in the weathered nickel finish has a silvery base highlighted with darker grey/blackish accents. The finish has a muted tone that mimics the aging of nickel and lies somewhere between the colors of antique silver and satin nickel. It is not as dark as antique silver but not as clear and silvery as satin nickel. The weathered nickel finish falls somewhere in the middle with its own unique and impressive finish.
Polished chrome has been around for a long time and has sustained its popularity over the years. You will find builders commonly turn to polished chrome cabinet hardware in model or stock homes, as the finish is unobjectionable to potential buyers. Its neutrality lets it adapt to any home interior style. The finish itself is virtually impervious to wear or scratches.
When it comes to cabinet hardware, the polished chrome finish is an easy one to spot. It has a clean, bright, vivid finish with a very slight blue-ish undertone. As its name explains, the finish is polished and therefore highly reflective with an almost mirror-like sheen.
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