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It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge and I’m talking all about deciding on Cabinet Hardware for the Pantry. To me the hardware is like the frosting or jewelry of the space. And like jewelry, you can go glam or simple; high-end or affordable. I hope to be somewhere in the middle. I must admit, we have not done any demo or anything really to the pantry yet. I have ordered the cabinets and we’re waiting for those to arrive later this month. But I have been busy perusing Pinterest and Instagram for all the hardware inspiration. So, let’s get to it.
What is Cabinet Hardware?
When I’m talking about cabinet hardware, I’m talking about the pulls and knobs attached to the cabinet doors and drawers. Cabinet hardware can also include the hinges of the doors. Cabinet hardware allows you to open your cabinet doors and drawers.
The most common hardware is knobs and pulls. Frequently knobs are used on doors and pulls are used on drawers…but you can definitely change things up a bit. I think I’m going to do a mixture of pulls and knobs and include some knobs on the drawers and doors. In our kitchen we have pulls on all the drawers and knobs on all the doors.
Cabinets latches are also very popular right now. They have a more historic/vintage feel to them. And I’m here for it. I really want to do latches on the very top short wall cabinets. I really hope they work!
The photo below illustrates two types of hardware: knobs on cabinet doors and pulls (handles) on cabinets drawers.
Choosing a Hardware Style
There are so many styles to choose. In fact, the amount of hardware available is mind boggling. You can have metal, ceramic, wood, glass, and even leather. If you’re going with metal hardware, you can choose more modern lines or traditional. Hardware also comes in so many different sizes. The options are endless!
In this photo, you can see in my kitchen a tradition style of pull (handle) and knob was used.
Choosing a Hardware Finish
So you have decided on metal hardware. Now you must decide on the finish. In our current kitchen, we chose black knobs and pulls on our white and black cabinets. In our bathrooms, we chose brushed nickel knobs and pulls on wood cabinets. I am set on some kind of brass finish for the pantry. I cannot decide if I want unlacquered brass or polished brass or aged brass. I will not be mixing the finishes of the pantry hardware…but you definitely can! I would love to change my kitchen cabinet hardware to brass sometime in the future. But I also think that the black island would look nice with brass hardware or brushed nickel hardware mixed with the black hardware. I think if the style is the same, the finish can be different…. especially if your cabinets are not all the same color.
The images below are the knobs and pulls that I am loving from Emtek.
Mixing Cabinet Hardware
You can definitely use all the same hardware for every drawer and door in your space. For example, if you choose knobs, you can use knobs on all the doors and drawers in your space. And vice versa with pulls (or handles). One type that I wouldn’t use on cabinet doors is the cup pull. I think this type looks best only on drawers. I am going to incorporate some cup pulls in our pantry hardware.
Check out my pantry mock ups with the hardware added.
We have discussed mixing hardware and how to choose your hardware for your cabinets. You must remember to choose something you love and that will tie into your overall home aesthetic. I’m hoping next week we’ll have some demo to talk about. But we may discuss choosing a cabinet paint color as well. I’m still undecided on that one. 😆 Be sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog (or click the image below) for other amazing and inspiring projects! Until next time Treasure Hunters!