How to Pick Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

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I know I keep saying we’re in the home stretch on the kitchen renovation… well, we are. Still. I had hoped to reveal the kitchen renovation this week, but there’s still so much that needs to be done. One of the biggest things that’s happening this week is the installation of our Rejuvenation kitchen cabinet hardware! The process of selecting hardware was so stressful to me because it felt like such a permanent decision. After all, you’re drilling into beautiful, brand new cabinetry. So I thought it would help anyone else in the same boat to share my tips on how to pick kitchen cabinet hardware!

p.s. catch the actual REVEAL of the kitchen here!
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How to Pick Kitchen Cabinet Hardware (My Go-to Tips!)

I think of kitchen cabinet hardware as jewelry for the kitchen. We’re so close to the reveal, it’s like the cherry on top of the space. Don’t get me wrong, our cabinets are stunning on their own. But with hardware? Totally new level. I can’t wait for you to see the reveal!

So let’s dig into how to pick kitchen cabinet hardware and why each of these tips make sense:

Decide on a hardware finish.

I knew right away during the design process with Sarah that we wanted brass hardware. Not only does it go with the style of our bungalow, but it also matches the rest of the hardware in our home. We have mixed in matte black hardware here and there, but it didn’t make sense for our cabinets because the lowers are black!

Coordinate knobs and pulls (and know where to put them!)

Any kitchen will have a mix of cabinets and drawers, so it’s all about selecting hardware that make sense for each application. For example, you wouldn’t put a cabinet knob on a drawer because then it would be too difficult to open!

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Scale is super-important.

Selecting the right scale of hardware was literally the most stressful part of this process! As a very visual person, I am so sensitive to proportion and scale.

To make the process easier, I literally brought a door front and drawer front to my local Rejuvenation store. They have an amazing wall of hardware to look at, but I’m a bit more high-maintenance than that. After perusing the hardware options, I narrowed down my picks to a top 5 and then asked a sales associate to bring individual pieces out to place on the fronts. Then, I placed the various knobs, pulls and hardware pieces on the fronts to judge scale. This step was VITAL to me in feeling comfortable in placing my order and feeling totally confident in my selection.

Select a style that compliments the cabinet style.

We chose a Shaker-style cabinet, so hardware with clean, architectural lines made the most sense. If you opt for traditional style cabinets, pick pulls and knobs that are complimentary. I recommend this because it helps to ensure a cohesive look to your entire kitchen!

My favorite drawer pulls:

It’s ok to mix metals, finishes, and materials!

I think we went through a design phase where everything was matchy-matchy. Personally, I prefer to mix metals, materials, and finishes because the overall result is a more layered, curated, and designed look. Basically what I’m saying is that your kitchen will look more high end! You’ll see a mix of matte black and antique brass in our space when we reveal it.

When in doubt, keep it simple.

Sometimes the decision fatigue is real, you guys. Especially after a kitchen remodel like ours that has dragged on forever. There is nothing wrong with selecting a classic round knob and rectangular drawer pull! Some of the most gorgeous kitchens I’ve seen feature classic hardware and it’s stunning.

My favorite round knobs:

Pick hardware that is comfortable in your hand.

At the end of the day, your kitchen hardware will need to be functional and comfortable in your hand. That’s why a wall of hardware like at the Rejuvenation store is SO key. You can really explore how the hardware feels in your hand. Nothing is worse than cooking and fumbling to open a drawer!

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The kitchen hardware from Rejuvenation that we considered for our renovation (top to bottom, left to right):
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And here’s what we chose!! It’s the Upton collection with this knob and this drawer pull. I absolutely adore the slim, streamlined design. It’s also amazing to have hardware that is solid brass!

Stay tuned to see which hardware from Rejuvenation I chose! And, in case you’ve missed any posts about our kitchen renovation, you can catch up on it all here! Stay tuned for next week because I’ll be revealing the FULL renovation.

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