Top 70 Best Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas – Knob And Pull Designs
We spend the majority of our lives opening and closing cabinets, cupboards, and drawers, with little thought spared for the details accompanying the act.
Hurried mornings and intimate dinner parties, holidays and surprise occasions, the kitchen is the stage upon which our rituals and routines are performed.
But do we really take advantage of all the awe-inspiring ways to make it our own?
Such crucial details are the hallmark of great kitchen cabinet hardware, and regardless of the style and scale of your kitchen you too can achieve editorial standards in all the right places. Rustic or refined, classic or cutting-edge contemporary, your kitchen cabinets are the perfect backdrop upon which to place your individual signature.
Now is your chance to indulge in flea market finds and all those discarded bits & bobs you’ve been saving for a yet-to-be-realized purpose. The modern home is nothing if not an interior realm of possibility, with all manner of time periods and inspirational narratives ready to be integrated. So why not make your cabinets the finishing touch on your domestic masterpiece?
It’s easy to overlook life’s many poignant details, especially inside the functional home. And yet, such nuances separate the common inhabitant from the gentleman of the house. Your kitchen is already a focal point and welcome place of nurturing, entertaining, and savoring the quiet moments, so why not extend that sentiment wherever possible?
From modern brass pull handles to simple silver retro knobs, and beyond, you’ll find plenty of inspiration below with the top 70 best kitchen cabinet hardware ideas.
Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas
These oil-rubbed bronze T-bar style pulls are a perfect complement for traditional Colonial style cabinet doors. The decorative ends of these handles dress them up, making a statement that stands out against the other pulls in the crowd.
We think the bronze finish is an excellent choice against the pale blue-gray cabinet doors. Choose this style in a large, farmhouse style kitchen that will see a lot of entertaining.
Less is more, and these arch pulls in a black finish are a simple way to dress up an otherwise sterile cabinet and counter combination. The basic Shaker-style cabinet doors are finished in a snow-white paint making the pulls stand out against them.
This design idea would be perfect in a smaller kitchen or one with an attached laundry room. The arch handles won’t catch clothing in a tight space like T-bar styles often can. Match them to a black faucet to tie-in the design.
Contemporary cabinets can be a challenge when it comes to finding appealing hardware. Traditional arch or bar pulls might not work, and cup pulls will look out of place. These integrated finger pulls are the perfect choice for a simple yet modern kitchen.
This type of pull is often recessed into the edges of the door or drawers. Consider the tools and techniques required to make them work for your kitchen project before diving in.
Black arch pulls are an excellent choice for these wood cabinet doors. The square ends and flat handles are simple and utilitarian. Instead of being a distraction, they only seem to enhance the beauty of the straightforward cabinet doors.
These would work best in a rustic-style farmhouse or lodge kitchen. Their uncomplicated design makes them an ideal choice in kitchens where function trumps form while still being attractive.
In two-tone kitchens, finding hardware that looks attractive on both colors can be a daunting task. These kitchens are often a mix of dark and light tones that don’t always work for one finish. This kitchen’s design has struck a nice balance between the two colors with this bright bronze-finish hardware.
The long T-bar handles make a statement on the lower cabinets while also keeping the upper cabinets looking classy and clean. The pulls on the sink cabinet are undersized and work well to keep that area looking neat and clutterless. Large kitchens with a lot of cabinetry are the best choice for this style.
Non-traditional kitchen layouts can be difficult to design, but this half-galley kitchen is an attractive meet-in-the-middle with its large farmhouse-style sink placed at the end of the workspace under a large window.
We like that the designer has chosen the bronzed hardware to stand out against the gray cabinets. The shallow T-bar handles and cabinet knobs do a nice job of staying out of the way where space is a concern, while still offering an attractive accent to each of the Shaker doors and cabinets.
If your countertops are the main feature that you’d like to show off, you wouldn’t want your cabinets to steal the show. These dark Shaker-style cabinets with flat-panels are ideal for letting your design sense take center stage. The bright white marble countertops are obviously the main focus so the cabinetry and hardware should only play a supporting role.
This look works for farmhouse as well as modern-contemporary kitchens. The arch pulls in an oil-rubbed finish provide something to hold on to without much pomp and circumstance.
For the classic and clean look, it’s hard to beat white Shaker doors with brushed nickel hardware. This traditional look lends itself well to both drawer fronts and cabinet doors, so finding matching knobs doesn’t have to become an issue. The brushed nickel hardware does a nice job of tying-in the stainless appliance knobs while not making the black rangehood or stovetop look out of place.
This style would look great in a traditional Cape Cod or Colonial-style home’s kitchen. That being said, don’t count it out in farmhouse or cottage homes.
Contemporary styling is often about simplicity, and that can make cabinet hardware choices difficult. A modern-style home or apartment kitchen can benefit from fitting stainless steel finger pulls against light-colored cabinets and counters.
These particular pulls have an industrial feel to them, so an apartment with a lot of metal-touches might be the best setting for this style of hardware.
Oversized arch-bar style pulls stand front-and-center on these Colonial-style flat-panel drawers and doors. The dark metal finish looks great against the pale-gray cabinets and offers some contrast against the white countertops.
The handles are tapered and rounded, providing a comfortable feel while you’re digging through cabinets. The 90-degree ends are excellent for tight spaces where fabric snags might become an issue, so they’re perfect for kitchens with large islands that limit walking space.
A beautiful farmhouse sink is the centerpiece of this kitchen, but all of its elements work together to give a classy but useful feel. The dark cabinets with inset doors and drawer fronts forego a toe-kick to provide the perfect backdrop for this brass hardware set. The drawers have classic cup pulls mounted in their centers, while the doors have industrial style twist-latches holding them shut. Combined with the traditional hinges that make an appearance along the door edges, this hardware is the ideal choice to complement this kitchen’s design.
While not the most popular kitchen cabinet handles, these DIY copper pulls are a nice addition to this minimalist bank of cabinets. The designer has chosen to use ½-inch copper pipe, caps, and hangers to create a very unique look.
These pulls will patina over time, especially where hands touch them most often. It’s possible to keep them looking new, but we think that patina will only add character. There’s also the added benefit of copper’s antimicrobial properties.
Use this idea in a quirky, fun kitchen, possibly combined with open shelving or other trendy options. This particular bank of cabinets is capped with a butcher-block countertop which we think finishes the look perfectly.
Classic, wide, brass pulls are always a nice option where some color may be needed. The dark cabinets make the golden-bronze color stand out, while also anchoring the bright white countertop nicely. Mounting the pulls to the top of the drawers allows the eye to enjoy the cabinetry a little more than centrally-mounted pulls would.
This is a traditional yet simple design for cabinetry hardware and would make a nice addition to any older-style home that’s being refreshed or remodeled. These pulls will look like they came with the house instead of standing out for feeling too new.
These contemporary doors are far from unique, but the style of hardware chosen gives them a one-of-a-kind feel. The copper-color arch pulls are a perfect size and finish for bringing a little color to the cabinets without feeling gaudy or tacky. That’s a difficult path to navigate, but this kitchen does it well.
Updating older ‘80s style cabinetry with new hardware can do a lot to upgrade the look. You can also use these on DIY or ready-to-assemble cabinets to achieve a modern look.
If there is a prize for being the most unique on our list, this kitchen would be the winner. Not only are the cabinets non-traditional, but the door handles and drawer pulls are also unlike any you’ll see from your local home improvement store.
The wood-carved door handles work very well with the rails and styles of these cabinet doors. Also, the finger pulls hide beneath the countertop lip, but match in wood-type and style. This style is most ideal for a kitchen that isn’t afraid to buck the trend a little.
Early morning coffee-making is a treat in this kitchen due to its wonderful design and feel. The Colonial beaded flat-panel cabinet doors and drawer fronts have an early American style. The hardware chosen for this kitchen was an ideal selection. The black knobs and hinges work together nicely to dot the corners of the doors like the tip of an artist’s paintbrush. The drawer fronts are the perfect setting for one small knob each, right in the center.
Dark, round pulls on light gray cabinets make for a winning recipe in traditional and farmhouse style kitchens. Expect the kitchen to always feel crowded, however, as all your company will try hanging out in a space like this.
Builder-grade, raised-panel cabinets can be dressed up for a million-dollar look. All it takes is a little time, paint, and new hardware. That’s exactly what this designer did. Painting basic cabinet doors and drawer fronts a traditional color gives them a timeless look. Choosing bright brass hardware adds a splash of color to keep things interesting.
These wide T-bar style drawer pulls will make a big impression, so utilize them where you’re not afraid to draw some attention. Bigger kitchens with large cabinets are ideal, as they’ll spread the concentration of bronze out more than a smaller kitchen can.
Sometimes your cabinets need a little color without being too over-the-top. These antique-look brass T-bar pulls are ideal for just that scenario. They add plenty of color to the front of these dark cabinets while not being too shiny or bright. This allows the cabinets and the marble countertop to be the main points of focus.
By keeping cabinets and doors easily accessible without all the flash and flair, this style becomes ideal for smaller kitchens that can easily feel overwhelmed or cluttered.
We would describe the brass hardware pictured as a classy touch to a traditional style of cabinets. These solid pulls are a mix of arch-style and finger pulls and provide a nice, reflective surface to brighten up dark cabinets. The small knob for the cabinet door is our favorite, reminding us more of a briefcase lock than a doorknob.
This style would do well in a classically decorated home, provided the designer likes hardware with a little punch. It may also be worth considering this hardware for bar cabinetry in an office or lounge, probably due to the business-like feel.
Modern cabinetry doesn’t always require hardware on the front of every door and drawer. These cabinet doors were designed and produced with rabbets cut out of the backs that can be fitted with copper strips to act as finger pulls.
Especially non-conformist, this style is reserved for people that like to think outside of the box. If this is something you’d like to replicate, the rabbets can be cut on a table saw with a dado-stack blade. Finding the copper inlay might be more of a challenge, but a trip to a local fabricator should do the trick.
This pantry bank with an integrated refrigerator seems like the ideal space to show off some personal taste, and that’s just what this hardware does. These long, bronze arch-style drawer pulls are an excellent way to break up oversized cabinet doors and drawer fronts. They provide a clean, sophisticated look while also strategically bringing some excitement to an otherwise bland color pallet.
Pulls this large should be used on large doors, otherwise, they may overpower the design. You can always use them in a smaller kitchen if you can source them a few sizes down.
These cabinet door pulls are very unique but give an up-scale feeling to an otherwise simple door. The solid brass pull is fitted into a dove-tailed recess. You’ll only notice that detail if the door is open. This is a very classy touch that will go unnoticed or unappreciated by anyone without discerning taste. We like the extra detail and appreciate the effort to make it work.
If you’re able to find door pulls like this, your best bet is to have a cabinetmaker design the doors. A mortise like the one above requires skill and planning, as well as specialized tooling. This is an added expense, but we don’t think you’ll regret it when you see the finished product.
Modern style requires modern fixtures, and these solid-panel cabinets are no exception to that rule. Taking cues from the colors in the wood, this designer chose dark finger pulls for both the doors and drawer fronts. The drawer pulls have a unique cascading effect, getting larger at each lower tier. This gives the kitchen a quirky feel, somewhere between contemporary and ski-lodge.
This clean look is ideal for a smaller, modern kitchen that’s trying to make the most of its limited space.
These inset panel doors and drawers create an early American feel that reminds us more of fine Shaker furniture than kitchen cabinetry. The light color scheme makes for an ideal foundation for the brass knobs and pulls. The brass drawer pulls are a very unique cup design while the doorknobs are a classic mushroom style. The mix of the two creates a classy set of hardware that anyone can appreciate.
If you’re looking to use this style in your kitchen project, there are some steps you can take to really set the classic tone. Strategically placed trim and feet added to the lower cabinets gives them a very high-end feel. Also, choosing the right countertop that doesn’t overpower the whole design is key.
Kitchen Cabinet Hardware FAQs
How do you choose kitchen cabinet hardware to match décor?
Matching hardware to your decor can be a challenge but we’ll try to help. It’s worth considering your appliances or fixtures first. If you’ve got your heart set on a faucet or similar fixture with a particular finish, consider matching the cabinet hardware to it.
What color hardware goes with white kitchen cabinets?
White kitchen cabinets can be considered a blank canvas when it comes to choosing kitchen hardware. If you’re looking for some contrast, oil-rubbed bronze or black pulls make bold statements against white cabinet doors and drawers. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, brushed nickel and polished chrome are both good choices that give a classic feel. Finishes to consider staying away from are white and colorful metals. White may blend in too much while a bright metal could be too flashy.