How To Match Cabinet Hardware with Kitchen Decor

How To Match Cabinet Hardware with Kitchen Decor

When it comes to cabinet knobs and pulls, there are hundreds of options for designs and finishes. It can be overwhelming, and we're often asked: How do I find the perfect hardware to go with the rest of my kitchen decor?


If you’ve wondered the same, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’re going over how to choose kitchen cabinet hardware to match your home's decor. Read on to learn more about which knobs and pulls will best suit your kitchen.

What’s Your Kitchen Style?

The style of your kitchen will ultimately play a role in the cabinet hardware you choose. Make sure you know the design you’re aiming for before you get ready to choose your cabinet hardware. It’s also helpful to keep in mind the other finishes that are common to the kitchen style you choose, like appliances, countertops, and flooring.

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Farmhouse Kitchen

Popular cabinet hardware finishes: Matte black, oil rubbed bronze, brass

white farmhouse kitchen with shiplap walls, brass faucet hardware, white marble countertops and matte black hardware
white shaker cabinets with matte black bar pulls, matte black knobs and a kitchen towel

The Inspired Room

With farmhouse kitchens, you can usually get away with mismatching finishes for a more vintage look. Since most rustic or rural homes are not monochrome, it’s easier to incorporate multiple styles and finishes. For example, this kitchen designed by The Inspired Room features a warm brass faucet and matching sconces. To contrast the warmness, they chose sleek matte black cabinet hardware.

In addition to these finishes, this kitchen has stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and tile flooring. How does it all appear so cohesive? Essentially, the shiplap walls and white shaker cabinets are simple enough as not to distract from the other decor. Yes, this kitchen is busy, but it is artfully designed and thereby exudes a quaint rustic charm.

Modern/Contemporary Kitchens

Popular hardware finishes: stainless steel, chrome, matte black, brass

large contemporary kitchen with black shaker cabinets, chrome cabinet pulls and knobs, open shelving, white countertops and glossy blue backsplash

The Creativity Exchange

modern kitchen with black shaker cabinets, brass cabinet hardware, black and brass sconces and farmhouse sink

The House Of Silver Lining

In modern kitchen design, sleek lines and monochromatic color palettes are key. When it comes to choosing hardware, it is best to keep the design simple to minimize distraction. If possible, keep the faucet and kitchen cabinet hardware finishes consistent. Additionally, remember the light fixtures can be used to pull in colors from both the hardware and cabinetry—like the black and brass sconces shown above.

modern kitchen with white and brown cabinets, matte black modern cabinet hardware, glossy white backsplash and black appliances

Centered By Design

If you wish to mismatch the finishes in your modern or contemporary kitchen, aim to keep one of those decor elements subdued, or matte. Like the kitchen featured above, matte black cabinet pulls and a chrome sink can be a striking combination, when styled carefully. The black looks especially fitting here because it matches the black range hood and oven.

When it comes to modern kitchen design, make sure to choose simple cabinet hardware with clean lines and minimal ornamentation. Popular styles are straight bar pulls, plain circular knobs, and geometric knobs.

Traditional Kitchens

Popular hardware finishes: Satin nickel, glass, iron, chrome

white traditional kitchen with white shaker cabinets, chrome bar pulls, grey backsplash and large white farmhouse sink


traditional kitchen with rustic brown cabinets, brown range hood, nickel cabinet hardware and white subway tile backsplash


Like rustic styles, traditional kitchens tend to offer a bit more leeway in terms of matching hardware. Chrome and brushed nickel cabinet hardware are the most popular choices for traditional kitchens because the colors are understated and match stainless steel appliances, which are common to this kitchen style.

traditional kitchen with grey and white cabinets, brass cabinet pulls and contrasting chrome sink faucet

Maison Depax

In traditional kitchens, the main focus is typically on the cabinets, countertops, and backsplash. But don’t be afraid to mix up the hardware. Some traditional kitchens utilize two-toned cabinet finishes to break up the consistency of the design. This gorgeous kitchen design by Maison Depax uses brass cabinet pulls to contrast the silver faucet. Two toned grey and white cabinet doors also contribute this double-hued look.

white kitchen with white shaker cabinets and glass cabinet knobs


Another popular hardware choice for traditional kitchens is glass or crystal knobs. Delicate yet durable, glass knobs bring an elegant style to any kitchen. They look especially sleek paired with white shaker cabinets. If you want to try the two-toned hardware look, try mixing glass knobs with matte black or oil rubbed bronze cabinet pulls.

Should Cabinet Hardware Match Kitchen Appliances?

dark shaker cabinets with stainless steel appliances and matching cabinet hardware


No matter your kitchen’s design style, it’s still important to consider how your cabinet hardware will look next to the appliances. It’s not always necessary for cabinet hardware to match appliances, but they do need to be complementary. Matte cabinet hardware goes with just about any appliance finish, but with glossier hardware styles, its a smart idea to compare the two before purchasing. Ask if you can bring a sample home, or find inspiration photos to guide your design.

modern kitchen with grey shaker cabinets, steel appliances and brass cabinet pulls


If you do decide to opt for contrasting hardware and appliances, aim to keep the rest of the kitchen design simple. Take the above kitchen for example—brass cabinet pulls were carefully selected as a gentle contrast to the stainless steel appliances and chrome sink faucet.

With the brass pulls serving as a pop of color, everything else in the kitchen is complementary and subdued. The grey shaker cabinets, light tile floor, and white countertop all have similar color tones. This leaves room for a contrasting hue in the cabinet hardware.

Two-Toned Materials in Cabinet Hardware

Another unique way to match your cabinet knobs and pulls with your kitchen decor is to opt for hardware with two different materials.

For example, you can choose a matte black and chrome pull to complement a chrome faucet and matte black appliances. Or, choose a white crackle knob with brushed nickel to complement white marble countertops and a nickel faucet. There are endless combinations for decor when using two-toned cabinet hardware.

matte black and chrome cabinet pull hardware

Matte Black and Chrome Pull

crackle white and brushed nickel cabinet knob hardware

Crackle White and Brushed Nickel Knob

Find the Perfect Hardware for your Kitchen

Lily Ann Cabinets offers an extensive collection of premium quality cabinet hardware for up to 50% off box store pricing. Whether you’re looking for sleek modern or simple traditional hardware, we have what you’re looking for! Need some help visualizing your new kitchen style? Get a FREE 3D kitchen design today!


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