Selecting Cabinet Hardware for Your Kitchen Design

The cabinets have been selected, you have picked your appliances, your countertops and your tile. You thought all of your decisions had been made… But, not until you pick your cabinet hardware…  Make sure you’re selecting cabinet hardware to enhance your Kitchen Design.

This is an important decision as it is one of the details that pull your design together – and make it uniquely your own.  The hardware is often considered the “Jewelry” of the kitchen, and has the ability to communicate and reflect your individual style . This is the final touch on your design and can have a large impact on the overall design aesthetic.

Modern

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Ironically “Modern” doesn’t literally mean the most up to date design but refers back to a period of design from the late 40’s until the early 60’s.  Born out of the German International and Bauhaus movement it evokes clean lines and a “less is more” aesthetic.  This hardware works well with slab or shaker doors or where you want the hardware to disappear into the design.

Modern hardware is generally clean and sleek, accentuating the horizontal or vertical lines to a kitchen. Alternatively,  geometric or recessed hardware can accent refined styling . Finishes can run the whole colour spectrum but this style works the best with stainless steel, brushed or polished chrome.

Contemporary

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Contemporary or Transitional design draws from many styles both new and old but with a fresh take and conveys an “of the moment” look.  This style allows for the most flexibility in design and works well with many cabinet styles.

Contemporary Cabinet Hardware has clean lines and simple detailing represented in mixed metals.  Brushed chrome, oil rubbed bronze and even brass and brushed gold are starting to emerge again.

Traditional

Traditional design reflects classic warmth and formal design elements.  Design features are reflected  with ornate detailing,  raised panel doors, layered mouldings, turned posts, decorative hood fans, and furniture detailing in deep wood stains and painted heirloom finishes.

Traditional Cabinet Hardware can be either classic in form or detailed and ornate with Old World appeal.  Hardware is often highlighted in bronzes, antiqued brass and pewter finishes.

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Traditional design reflects classic warmth and formal design elements.  Design features are reflected  with ornate detailing,  raised panel doors, layered mouldings, turned posts, decorative hood fans, and furniture detailing in deep wood stains and painted heirloom finishes.

Traditional Hardware can be either classic in form or detailed and ornate with Old World appeal.  Hardware is often highlighted in bronzes, antiqued brass and pewter finishes.

Farmhouse

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Farmhouse or Country is a look that should evoke freshly squeezed lemonade  and rocking chairs on a porch.  It has a clean casual aesthetic that pairs well with bead board cabinets, open shelving, painted or distressed colours, marble and butcher block tops.

Farmhouse cabinet hardware is commonly presented in cup or bin pulls,  rivet details, latch knobs and back plates . Finishes in brushed and polished chromes, graphite or even porcelain are popular.

Craftsman

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Known as Arts & Crafts style of design it was a reaction against the factory finished look of the industrial revolution.  Kitchens are clean lined and showcase warm woods and natural materials without excess ornamentation.

Craftsman cabinet hardware has a hand crafted look where the chisel or hammer marks are evident and tends to have a strong geometric appearance. Finishes are reflected  in wrought iron, forged steel  or other raw earth metals.

At  EKKO Cabinetry,  our Kitchen, Bath and Custom Design team can guide you in selecting  the hardware that will both complement and enhance your unique Cabinetry Design for all areas of your home.

 

Erin McPherson
Ekko Cabinetry Ltd – Calgary, AB

 

Please visit the EKKO Cabinetry & Design Showroom in Calgary and speak with one of our amazing and experienced design group.  We are here to make your dreams a reality by providing a space that reflects you and your lifestyle.

 

Contact Us:

EKKO Custom Kitchen Cabinetry and Design of Calgary
32—4th ST N.E.
Calgary, AB  T2E 3R7
(403)263-3556
info@ekkocabinetry.com

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