Selecting a style of cabinet hardware

If you are replacing kitchen knobs and/or pull handles on existing cabinets, it is helpful to know what style type hardware you are shopping for. Kitchen cabinet hardware is divided into three broad style categories: Traditional, Contemporary, and Transitional.

Traditional

Aspen Collection

Aspen Collection

Often known as “Old World” these are classic designs, often inspired by historical architectural and design features. Traditional style is the most popular category of cabinet knobs and pulls, because most kitchen designs are traditional.

Traditional collections from Top Knobs include the Normandy, Tuscany, Edwardian, Aspen, Britannia, and Bronze (oil rubbed) collections.

Contemporary

Sanctuary

Sanctuary Collection

Contemporary designs feature sleek lines, sharp angles, minimalist features, and modern finishes such as brushed satin nickel, polished chrome, and stainless steel. The look of the kitchen is modern, sleek, and elegant.

The Contemporary collections available from Top Knobs are Sanctuary, Sanctuary II, Nouveau, Nouveau II, and Nouveau III.

Transitional

Somerset II Collection

Somerset II Collection

Transitional knobs and handle pulls are a blend of Traditional and Contemporary styles. These can be Traditional designs with Contemporary finishes, or Contemporary designs with Traditional finishes. The look can be quite striking.

Top Knobs Dakota, Asbury, Somerset I, and Somerset2 collections are considered Transitional looks.

 

Three tips for choosing cabinet hardware!

cobblestone16Here are three helpful tips on how to choose cabinet hardware!

Match or replace the hinges
If your cabinets have hinges that show from the outside, you will probably want to select knobs and pulls that match the color and style of the hinges. It’s also possible that your hinges have tarnished over time. Many of our knobs are available in finishes that may match these tarnished hinges. Or you can replace the hinges as well (hinges are usually available at hardware stores – take one of yours into the store to get an exact match on the size).

For pull handles, measure the center-to-center distance between the two screw holes
If you are replacing a pull handle with a 3 inch center-to-center measurement between the screw holes, you will probably want to select new handles that are also 3 inch center-to-center (not the overall length of the pull -measure from screw hole to screw hole).

Double-check the clearance
If you have cabinet doors that open from the center, with the knobs from each cabinet right next to the other, measure the distance between the knobs. If you choose too large a knob, they may either touch or be very close together, which may not be the look you want.