How to Mix Cabinet Hardware Styles
Choosing the right cabinet hardware is key to giving your entire interior design a distinctive personality. It’s fairly common to use the same hardware throughout the entire space for a uniform look on all cabinetry, but if you crave something bolder and love to take risks with new combinations, you are in the right place.
There are so many amazing cabinet hardware options in the market that sometimes we just want to be able to use all of them at once. Not so fast – you’ll want to mix and match sparingly and with purpose. So where should you start? Mixing hardware may seem challenging, but there are some simple ways to make your combination stand out.
Here are 3 simple rules that you can follow in order to mix cabinet hardware styles for best results.
1) Keep the same finish for all hardware
This is the easiest way to safely combine different styles of drawer pulls and knobs with varying styles. Having the same finish will tie those variances in style together and provide a sense of belonging as if they are all from the same collection. Also consider the texture. Keep the same or similar texture throughout too because even like finishes with different textures can seem vastly different. For modern designs, use neutral finishes like polished chrome, satin nickel, and stainless steel. And for a more classic feel, use rustic or aged finishes like brass and English antique.
2) Choose different styles for drawers and doors
We recommend using pairings of two different hardware styles, one for drawers and a different one for doors. Stick to just two styles because it’s easy to manage and makes the overall design of your cabinets look harmonious, but still gives a distinct contrast. To really mix things up, use knobs and pulls together, such as knobs on doors and pulls on drawers. Or mix up your drawer pull styles for different functions for cabinets that pull out or swing open. See example where the designer chose two classics, a bar pull and a tab pull.
3) Use the same pattern in all cabinetry
The idea here is to duplicate the pattern in all doors and drawers you have in your cabinetry, that way the hardware won’t look mismatched. For example, you can choose one type of hardware for upper cabinets and another style for lower cabinets. Mix and match knobs and handles interchangeably. The key is to stick with a pattern throughout all cabinetry. Don’t get overwhelmed with options though – it’s best to start with only two different types of hardware for cabinetry with at least 20 doors and drawers. Then move up from there for specialty drawers and cabinets with a third type of hardware.