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How To Choose Cabinet Hardware that Matches your Appliances

Updated: Jan 20

The difference is in the details, and sometimes the most significant impact comes from the minor details. Cabinet hardware actively transforms a space and adds character to your cabinetry and entire kitchen. However, how do we choose the right cabinet handles that compliments your existing appliances?

Appliances are the most significant financial investment you'll make in your kitchen. They are both functional and beautiful. However, pairing the two aesthetically can be a considerable design feat. So we've put together a simple "how-to" to help you choose the best cabinet hardware that matches your appliances and suits your kitchen's style.

Picture of cabinet hardware installed by Kairos Cabinetry Handle Installation

No.1 Let's Choose our Cabinet Hardware Finish

First things first, what finish are your appliances? Appliances can be stainless steel, black stainless steel, matte satin nickel, brushed nickel, white, and even color! It's NOT mandatory to match your hardware and appliances specifically; still, the finishes must compliment each other! For example, stainless steel appliances look impressive with stainless steel hardware. However, stainless steel appliances look incredible with matte black hardware too!

Dark Olive Green Kitchen cabinets with gold knobs

via @plainenglishkitchens

White kitchen cabinets with black island and matte black handles

via @KairosCabinetry

Black kitchen cabinets with gold hardware

via @oliviacarswellinteriors

No. 2 Let's Choose a Shape

Hardware comes in many different shapes. They can be rounded, squared, ridged, curved, and the list can go on. Your appliances can help you choose the shape you may want in your hardware as well. For example, fridges, ovens, and dishwashers have handles of their own. So you can match your hardware to your appliance's handles for a seamless symmetrical look.

Powder blue cabinets with gold knobs and black & gold stove

via @erinkestenbaum

via @the.little.bird

No. 3 Let's Choose the Style

Last and certainly not least, what is the design style of your appliances? Appliances are usually modern or contemporary, but they can also be retro or antique. You can highlight your design aesthetic in your hardware while simultaneously complimenting your appliances. Hardware with ridges, curved silhouettes, and textured detailing goes well with traditional, farmhouse, or rustic design styles. Modern Hardware tends to have clean lines and edges with a sleek, minimal profile that is smooth to the touch.

Vibrant green beadboard backsplash with white cabinets and gold hardware. vintage white stove

via @astoriedstyle

White kitchen cabinets with black handles and knobs

via @KairosCabinetry

Hopefully, this simple, precise "how-to" guide empowers you to start shopping for cabinet hardware today! But, if you still feel stuck, don't worry! There is more hardware content coming your way! For more inspiration, follow us on Instagram @KairosCabinetry; providing and installing cabinet hardware is all we do!

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