Selecting your new kitchen hardware

Why are the small decisions always the hardest? In our experience, many homeowners have thought about what color or style they want their new kitchen to be, but they are totally overwhelmed when it comes to selecting kitchen hardware. It’s understandable: the sheer amount of styles and finishing options makes it seem impossible to choose one. Not only do you have to select a color, such as silver, black or gold, there is also matte, glossy, brushed and vintage to decide on! To help you decide, Norfolk Kitchen & Bath has compiled a list of the most popular kitchen hardware options to match your design style.

Knobs or tie rods?

Selecting knobs or pulls, or a combination of the two, is less of a science and more of a preference. Currently, the trend favors pulls, or a combination, but it’s really your preference – there are plenty of nice modern finishes for both. If you decide to use handles for your kitchen hardware, be sure to order them large enough to comfortably grab to open cabinet doors or drawers. Many kitchen and bathroom showrooms have their hardware on display where you can try them on for yourself before purchasing. Once you’ve selected your style, the next step is to select the finish.


Chrome hardware is a classic style of kitchen hardware. The shiny chrome look gives your kitchen cabinets a glam touch. While not as popular in recent years, many hardware selections can be ordered with a chrome finish, and the color doesn’t vary between manufacturers as much as some other finishes. The downside? Some people find chrome a bit outdated, and keeping the shiny, smooth look free of fingerprints can be a challenge, especially for homeowners with children.

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Brushed gold / satin brass

A favorite on many HGTV remodeling programs, brushed gold gives off a warmer tone than chrome and is a great option to break up an all-white kitchen or accent some gorgeous blue cabinets. This hardware finish is considered very modern and trendy and is definitely a wow factor in your kitchen remodel.

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Polished Nickel

Not to be confused with “Satin Nickel”, Polished Nickel is a shiny and silver finish that gives a slightly warmer tone than chrome while remaining in the same color family. However, kitchen hardware with a polished nickel finish is much harder to find than its satin nickel counterpart.

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Satin nickel

Satin nickel hardware has dominated the home design industry for over a decade, in part because it pairs well with stainless steel appliances and is also less susceptible to fingerprints than glossy finishes. Almost any selection of hardware can be ordered in satin nickel, and its neutral tone makes it a perfect match for almost any kitchen design, from traditional to modern.

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Oil rubbed bronze

Another very popular finish choice, this hardware is reminiscent of other old world finishes with deep brown, almost black colors. This style of hardware is best suited for a more elaborate and formal kitchen style. The colors and textures of oil rubbed bronze hardware can vary greatly between manufacturers, so be sure to order your kitchen hardware from the same.

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Black Bronze

Gaining popularity thanks to the resurgence of modern farmhouse design, black hardware is great for families due to its ability to hide dirt, scratches and fingerprints. As you’d expect, the black hardware pairs very well with today’s popular white farmhouse shaker kitchen or any classic black and white kitchen design.

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Mix and match your kitchen hardware

Having trouble choosing just one kitchen hardware finish! Feel free to mix and match your favorite choices! Here are some basic guidelines to follow when mixing finishes:

1. Stay within a family of colors or finishes

Choosing two completely different finishes can be more distracting than anything else. When mixing hardware finishes, try to stay within the same color or family of finishes, such as Shiny Chrome & Nickel or Satin Nickel & Brushed Gold.

2. Have at least 2 of each milestone

A polished brass faucet can stand out a little too much if all other finishes are brushed nickel. But if you pair it with a polished brass chandelier, the look you’re looking for will start coming together.

3. Stick to 2-3 total finishes

Get creative, but not too crazy. The point of kitchen hardware is to complement your beautiful new kitchen cabinets and countertops … don’t distract from them. Too many hardware finishes can confuse the kitchen design and make it difficult to know where the focus is.

let’s begin

Our kitchen and bathroom designers are here to help you design the kitchen of your dreams, from cabinet color to hardware finishes. Norfolk Kitchen & Bath is one of Boston’s premier kitchen and bathroom remodelers, with free design assistance, quality cabinets, and free delivery. Check out the Inspiration Gallery for photos of some of our recent kitchen renovations and call us today for your free design consultation.

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