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How To Choose Cabinet Hardware that Matches your Appliances

Updated: Mar 15

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? More importantly, can you have beautiful gold hardware with stainless steel 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.


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!

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.

No. 3 Let's Choose the Style

Don't forget to consider 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.

No. 3 Can you Mix Gold Hardware with Stainless Steel appliances?

Yes, Yes and a resounding YES! I've mixed gold with black, stainless steel and granite appliances. It's all turned out pretty awesome! The key is to keep three things in mind:

  1. Add something else Gold to the space. This can be Gold pendant lights, Gold kitchen table top appliances or gold décor such as vases, pottery, or frames. These can warm a space and make the gold hardware more cohesive with the rest of the kitchen.

  2. Make sure the chosen gold hardware mirror the other handle shapes or knob shapes in the room. Find a handle that is similar in style and shape to your Oven or Refrigerator!

  3. Make sure they match the interior design style of your home. Don't go overly ornate or Victorian on a contemporary home. It looks crazy. If you have a modern home or contemporary home make the pulls match their energy.

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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