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Get A Handle On It

Updated: May 12, 2020

So, your cabinets are chosen and you have your appliances all picked out. Tile and counter top decisions have all been made. All of the decisions are done... But are you missing anything? Have you picked out cabinet hardware? This is an often overlooked part of the design which will enhance your project immensely.

Choosing hardware is an important decision and pulls your entire design together to make it unique and your own. Hardware is what I like to call the “Jewelry” of the kitchen as it has the ability to reflect your very own individual style. It is the final touch on your dream kitchen and has a large impact on the design and feel of the space.


Modern, which doesn’t actually mean the most up to date and on trend design, but actually refers to a design period ranging from the late 40’s to the early 60’s. It has a “less is more” feel to it and normally has clean lines. This style of hardware works well with a simple clean design where you want the hardware to disappear and not shout for attention. Stainless steel, brushed nickel and polished chrome are great colours for this style.

Contemporary hardware styles are a combination of both old and new and has the most flexibility in overall design. It is surely a safe choice for those who are unsure and afraid of making the wrong choice. Contemporary hardware styles come in a wide range of colours, with even brushed brass making headway.

Traditional designs often reflect formal and warm design and often has ornate details. Perfect for raised panel doors, designs with lots of mouldings and deep wood stain colours or heirloom paint finishes. The most common colours you’ll find this hardware in are bronze, pewter and brass finishes.

Country or Farmhouse styles have a casual feel and often has a look with exposed screws. Drawer pulls are commonly cup, or bin pulls and the knobs commonly have a back plate. My favourite colour for this style is a matte black, but you can find them in almost every colour, even with porcelain accents.

Still need help deciding what to pick? At Absolute Cabinets, we can help guide you in the right direction. With our extensive collection of sample hardware and knowledge you’re sure to have a stunning design with unique hardware for your entire home.

Jasmine Hemsworth

Absolute Cabinets - Barrie, ON

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make your dreams a reality by providing the best quality cabinetry that will reflect your very own style.

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