Whether you’re in the process of designing your kitchen or planning on a budget-friendly refresh, the kitchen hardware you choose should not be rash decision you make right at the end.

Think of the hardware like the jewelry to your outfit. The earrings or necklace can make or break your outfit, right? Similarly, choosing the right cabinet hardware, sink and faucet can take your kitchen from builder basic to a high-end look.

If you leave these choices until the last second, I guarantee it will stress you out. There’s so many choices, especially when it comes to kitchen cabinet hardware.

This article is designed to help you narrow down your choices, so that you are more informed and ready to choose when the time comes!

  • Matte black finishes
  • Satin black finishes
  • Latches instead of knobs
  • Mixing and matching knobs and pulls
  • Square bar pulls instead of tubular

Some of the newest kitchen cabinet hardware ideas include matte black and satin brass finishes. Matte black in particular, will be incredibly popular for 2021 and going into 2022.

In fact, matte black is trending in all forms of hardware – from cabinets to door knobs and light fixtures. It’s a more sleek and modern take on the Oil Rubbed Bronze trend of the past, and one that adds wonderful contrast to a lot of the all-white spaces we’ve been seeing lately.

Modern hardware is a great way to update old kitchen cabinets so I can see why this is so popular.

Kitchen cabinet hardware trends 2020

I recently switched out my chrome kitchen pulls for matte black and I love the new look. Kitchen cabinet hardware is such an easy way to bring new life to your kitchen in only a matter of hours, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Isn’t it funny how brass was shunned for so long? Of course, the shiny, tarnished brass that was in our childhood homes looks a lightyears different from the antique and satin finishes available today.

brass hardware

Brass and gold finished cabinet hardware is here to stay for the foreseeable future and I can see why. It adds warmth to white and gray cabinets and works with all design styles. Brass adds elegance and also helps to offset blue tones in bright white cabinets as an added bonus!

Like I mentioned, brass comes in so many different shades. There’s matte or satin brass, antique brass (which itself can mean dozens of different variations but usually has a brushed finish), champagne brass and the more traditional lacquered brass.

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While different varieties of the ubiquitous bar pull have surfaced – think more square and less tubular – one type of cabinet hardware in particular has been gaining momentum: the latch.

A kitchen with a wood floor and green cabinets
Kitchen Cabinet Latch Hardware via For The Home

While I don’t personally think the latch is the most practical option for everyday cabinets, it sure is beautiful and really gives off a European farmhouse sort of look.

If you have stacked upper cabinets or a cabinet that mostly has decorative items, that might be the place to use one of these pretty latches.

I particularly like them in an aged or antique brass, but the polished nickel or chrome versions have an old world meets new world vibe to them that’s really pretty, too.

Should I Use Knobs or Pulls on Kitchen Cabinets?

The general consensus is that most people prefer knobs on cabinets and pulls on drawers or large pantry doors. And yes, you can definitely mix and match!

Mixing and match knobs and pulls is trendy for kitchen cabinet hardware
White Kitchen with Seeded Glass Cabinets via Decor Pad

That’s not to say that’s the only way to do it, though. My kitchen has all pulls and I love the look. It’s really a personal decision and depends on the look you want.

White kitchen cabinets with gold bar pulls
Transitional Kitchen Reveal via Color & Chic

If you are replacing the hardware on existing cabinets, it’s much easier to stick with what’s already there. Since my cabinets were drilled for 3 inch centers, that’s what I stuck with.

If you want to replace existing pulls with knobs, just know that you’re going to have to fill all the old holes and they may still be slightly visible afterwards.

Bar pulls remain the most popular kitchen cabinet hardware. They look classic, come in a variety of finishes and are usually quite affordable when purchased in bulk.

Long gone are the days of the standard stainless steel sink. In 2023, trends for kitchen sinks include fireclay, composite granite, hammered copper as well as composite materials.

Fireclay Farmhouse Style Sinks

Farmhouse, or apron-front sinks, continue to be popular both within the farmhouse decorating community and other design styles. Traditional porcelain varieties chip easily and are require some effort to clean and maintain. Additionally, because they are made from cast iron, they are incredibly heavy and can be difficult to retrofit into existing cabinets.

kitchen sink with window over it
fireclay kitchen sink

Fireclay sinks on the other hand are much harder to scratch or chip and are much more lightweight, making them a much better candidate for installing into existing cabinets.

Composite Granite Sinks

Composite sinks are trendy
BLANCO Silgranite Sink via Southern Hospitality

Quality composite granite sinks are formed under high pressure, making them nonporous, hygienic, and resistant to heat, stains, scratches, and chips.

Composite granite comes in a variety of colors as well as undermount or drop-in installations.

Copper Sinks

Copper sinks are HOT this year when it comes to kitchen hardware, and for good reason. They are quite the style statement! While copper sinks and other copper kitchen hardware may not everyone’s taste, they will certainly add the wow factor to any kitchen.

Copper sinks are a new trend we're seeing
Sinkology Copper Farmhouse Sink

Are Copper Sinks Durable?

In a word, yes! Copper is durable and easy to maintain. It can be recycled over and over without ever compromising its structural integrity! While a copper sink may be prone to dings and scratches,

The beauty of copper is the patina, or the finish of the metal. Copper sinks come in a variety of patinas, from aged and antique or the the “naked” shiny copper.

The patina of copper will naturally change the longer you have the sink, but waxing it occasionally will help you maintain a consistent level of patina if that’s would you would prefer.

Plus, Copper has natural antimicrobial properties, making it ideal for use in the kitchen.

Sinkology has a great article all about copper sinks that you should read if you’re interested in purchasing one. I’ve seen theirs in person and they are truly stunning.

Similarly to cabinet hardware, the main finish trends for kitchen faucets are matte black and satin brass.

Of course, both satin and polished nickel as well as chrome are still popular when it comes to kitchen faucets.

Does the kitchen faucet have to match the cabinet hardware?

No! Feel free to mix and match as you see fit. In fact, mixing metals is very trendy! Black cabinet hardware and a chrome faucet is perfectly acceptable. Long gone are the days of everything having to match.

Faucets do not need to match cabinet hardware

Of course, if you chose to have them matching, that’s perfectly fine! Just don’t stress over it if your dream faucet doesn’t come in the same finish as the perfect hardware you’ve chosen for your kitchen cabinets.

You may be wondering if brushed nickel is going out of style. While it’s not considered trendy anymore, it is a hardware finish that looks good in most spaces, is affordable and widely available. There’s nothing wrong with it, so if you like it, ignore what the trends say!

Faucet Styles

Large, commercial-style faucets

These professional-style faucets blend performance and style to give you the kitchen of your dreams. Their large size is a statement in itself!

Bridge Style Faucets

These farmhouse-style faucets have been popular for several years and continue to be for good reason. They blend old world charm with modern features that works with any style of kitchen.

Touchless Technology

You’ve probably seen the ads on TV for touchless technology faucets. You wave you hand to turn the water on, and wave again to turn it off. If you’re a total germaphobe or hate dirtying up your shiny faucet then these might be worth it. However, they generally run about twice to three times to price of a normal faucet.

Remember, the hardware in your kitchen is like the jewelry to your outfit. Putting some effort into selecting the right cabinet hardware, sink and faucet will completely elevate the look of your kitchen.

If you’re still struggling with what to choose, especially when it comes to knobs and pulls, buy a few samples and see them in person. It will give you a much better idea of how they look against your cabinets and with the other aspects of the room!

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