Kitchen Cabinets and Decorative Hardware, a Perfect Pair

Kitchens have become one of the most significant rooms of the home when it comes to interior design. With so many components to consider, their versatility in function and style is a large part of what makes kitchen design so exciting!

There’s always a surprising number of decisions to make, and as the defining layer of a kitchen’s layout the cabinets you select might arguably be the most important. The options for style, size and color are just so abundant, and many kitchens need a carefully thought-out combination of cabinetry and decorative hardware to convey the perfect look.

Whether your interior taste leans more towards sleek and modern or you find yourself longing for a vintage farmhouse look, Top Knobs is here to help you find the perfect cabinet and hardware paring for your kitchen. Below, we highlight the most popular styles of cabinetry among today’s homeowners with complementing hardware that are sure to elevate your home.

Traditional

The most formal style of cabinetry, traditionally designed cabinets embody elegance and sophistication. The doors often feature raised panels with intricate woodwork. Traditional cabinets can be found in rich wood tones such as cherry, mahogany and chestnut.

Elaborate hardware in bronze and copper tones add a distinctive finishing touch to traditional cabinets. Detailed embellishments like those found on the knobs and pulls in our Somerset Collection, further enhance the finesse of traditional cabinets.

Shaker

Popular with today’s younger generation of homeowners, Shaker-style cabinets showcase a timeless design with a simple and clean look. These cabinets have a five-piece door with flat recessed panels and a thin frame and are available in just about any color.

Thanks to their versatile design, Shaker cabinets can be paired with a wide variety of hardware. For a classic look we suggest opting for simple hardware with a flat design in a subtle finish like our Brushed Satin Nickel or Polished Chrome. For a look with added interest, we suggest adding contrast to the cabinets with hardware featuring ornate details such as pieces from our Cobblestone Collection.

Contemporary

Featuring a streamlined overlay surface, flat doors and little to no details, Contemporary cabinetry lends to a modern, high-end kitchen design. While their details may be minimal Contemporary cabinets can be found in a bevy of vibrant hues to create a bold and glamorous look.

When selecting decorative hardware for contemporary cabinets, we suggest maintaining their sleek design with tab pulls from our  Europa Series or Minetta Series in on-trend finishes like Flat Black, Ash Gray or Honey Bronze.

Glass-Front

Meant to be paired with traditional styled solid cabinetry, glass-front cabinets are a great way to make a statement in the kitchen. Generally used as upper cabinets, they serve as a functional place to show off your personal style and display glassware, bowls, vases, cookbooks and more.

For this style of cabinetry, we love a matching look and recommend paring with hardware inspired by glass. The soft delicate details of our Emerald Crystal knobs or a selection from our Crystals Collection, complements the refined design present in glass-font cabinets.

Farmhouse

A modern take on traditional design, farmhouse cabinets feature charming characteristics with rustic influences. Often made from reclaimed materials such as shiplap and beadboard Farmhouse cabinetry are almost always painted white or a soft neutral shade and highlights the natural textures found in wood.

Farmhouse cabinets are best adorned with bold hardware that makes a statement. Hardware like the cup pulls from our Channing Series, knobs from our  Kingsbridge Series and pulls from our Arendal Series in finishes like Flat Black and Tuscan Bronze add to the allure of a vintage farmhouse design.

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The Top Knobs Guide to Decorative Hardware Placement

Your cabinets are installed, your appliances are hooked up and your kitchen is near completion. You’ve used the Find Your Style tool and chosen the perfect hardware to provide the finishing touches to your dream design. Now comes the hard part – how do you decide on the placement of your decorative hardware? While placement is ultimately a matter of personal preference, we’ve compiled our best tips to ensure your decorative hardware is just as functional as it is beautiful.

Knobs

Knobs are one of the most versatile decorative hardware options. Available in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes, they can be used on upper cabinets, lower cabinets and drawers. On upper cabinets knobs are typically installed between 2 ½ – 3 inches from the lower corner of the cabinet door. For lower cabinets the same measurements apply but on the upper corner.

On drawers smaller than 24” in width one knob is installed in the center of the drawer door. On drawers longer than 24” consider installing two knobs. To place two knobs, measure out the drawer door into thirds and install in the center of the outer two thirds.

Pulls

Pulls are another versatile option that can be installed on both cabinets and drawers. For both upper and lower cabinets, the pulls should be installed vertically 2 ½ – 3 inches in from the corner of the door. For drawers, they should be installed horizontally in the center of the door.

While there is no hard-set rule for the size of your pulls, consider using longer ones on larger drawers and cabinets. If you’re unsure of which size looks best you can test out multiple options through the Top Knobs free sample program. Just make sure not to drill any holes in your cabinetry until your mind is made up!

Cup Pulls

Used most commonly in traditional and transitional style kitchens, cup pulls are an excellent way to add an extra pop of personality to cabinetry. Because of the size and configuration of cup pulls they are typically only installed on drawer doors. For larger drawers, installing two cup pulls will achieve a more clean and cohesive design.

Latches

For use only on cabinet doors, latches keep your cabinet doors tightly closed and provide a more rustic look. Cabinet latches provide a bit more freedom when it comes to placement. While installing the hardware towards the bottom of the doors in upper cabinets and towards the top of the doors for lower cabinets is most common, it’s not unusual to see latches placed in the center of the cabinets as well.

Tab Pulls

Modern kitchen designs often feature tab pulls for a sleek look that doesn’t distract from the cabinetry. For drawers, tab pulls are most commonly placed along the top center of the doors. On upper cabinets tab pulls are either installed vertically on the opening of the doors or horizontally on the very bottom. For lower cabinets the opposite applies.

Appliance Pulls

Appliance pulls are the perfect way to match your appliances, large pullouts and oversized pantry doors to your cabinet hardware. When installed on dishwashers and refrigerator panels you should choose the closest size and position to the appliances original handles. For oversized doors the same rules apply as traditional cabinet pulls.

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Back-to-Back Door Pulls: Moving Decorative Hardware Beyond the Kitchen

Decorative hardware isn’t just for the kitchen anymore. Bathrooms, bedrooms, showers — you name the door and Top Knobs Back-to-Back Door Pull Collection is a match. With special fittings to connect one pull to another, the collection provides the flexibility to integrate decorative cabinet hardware with doors in rooms throughout the home.

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Versatile applications

The versatility of the Back-to-Back Door Pull Collection allows the pulls to collaborate seamlessly with cabinet hardware. Exquisite attention to detail and quality enhancements make the pulls comfortable to grab no matter where they are placed on a cabinet or an interior door. The sealed finish also makes the Back-to-Back pulls a viable option for bathroom fixtures such as shower doors.

Tuscany Back-to-Back Door Pull

Tuscany Back-to-Back Door Pull

Available in a variety of collections and styles

Designers and homeowners can choose between a wide selection of Top Knobs’ most popular styles and collections including:

  • Appliance
  • Asbury
  • Hopewell
  • Normandy
  • Normandy Birdcage
  • Normandy Twist
  • Nouveau Arrow
  • Nouveau Bamboo
  • Nouveau Brook
  • Nouveau Ring
  • Somerset Finial
  • Somerset Melon
  • Somerset Weston
  • Tuscany

The collection is available in up to 12 stunning finishes including Brushed Satin Nickel, German Bronze, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Old English Copper, Patina Black, Patina Rouge, Pewter, Pewter Antique, Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, and Rust.

Prices range from to $148.30 to $662.00. All Top Knobs products come with a proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty.

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Beautiful, from start to finish.

Top Knobs cabinet hardware is available in 40 sealed finishes, each with a personality all its own.

From the color of the walls to the surface of the countertops, kitchens and baths are reflections of a homeowner’s personal style. And when it comes to knobs, pulls, and accessories Top Knobs believes you should have the same opportunity to express yourself. That’s why each Top Knobs collection is available in multiple finishes.

Maybe you want to match the finish of your cabinet? Or choose one that is complementary to your appliances or your walls? Regardless of design preferences, Top Knobs offers 40 colorful finishes to suit your personal tastes.

Plus, Top Knobs finishes are sealed, allowing them to stand up to the toughest conditions and maintain their good looks over time. Finishes are hand-applied, creating the slight variations product to product that add character and elegance.

Here’s a look at the finishes available from Top Knobs:

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Visit www.TopKnobs.com for the complete product assortment.

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Personalizing Appliances with Appliance Pulls

Appliance pulls from Top Knobs offer an opportunity to personalize appliances in a way that is both elegant and durable – all while creating a coordinating look in the kitchen. The Appliance Pull collection  is offered in a variety of styles and 8 different lengths to match any design scheme.

Designed to coordinate with Top Knobs pulls and knobs, some of the most popular Top Knobs Appliance Pulls include the Kara Appliance Pull, Edgewater Appliance Pull, Ascendra Appliance Pull, Hopewell Appliance Pull and Reeded Appliance Pull.

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What exactly is an Appliance Pull?
An Appliance Pull is typically used on a paneled refrigerator, freezer, trash compactor, or dishwasher where the front of the appliance looks like a cabinet face rather than an appliance. The Appliance Pull is used to open the appliance door. Top Knobs has an extensive range of Appliance Pulls in a variety of styles and finishes. The choice of what Appliance Pull style to use is usually based on matching the knobs and pulls on the other cabinets and drawers.

What are the lengths of your Appliance Pulls?
Top Knobs Appliance Pulls range in length from 8″ to 30″.

How do I install an Appliance Pull?
It is best to refer to the manufacturer’s installation manual of your appliance. We recommend professional installation by a Top Knobs showroom dealer.

All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty. Visit www.topknobs.com to view the entire collection. For more information, view our catalog here.

 

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Mix and Match Looks

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Top Knobs is “can I use different knobs and pulls in the same kitchen and have it look OK?” The answer is an astounding yes!

Mixing and matching is exactly the reason why Top Knobs products are organized into collections. Within a collection you can mix and match knobs and pulls of various shapes and designs and still get a unified style in your kitchen.

For example, from the Aspen II Collection you can use one Aspen II pull design on cabinets and another Aspen II pull design on drawers. Use the same length or different lengths, or use the same finish or a different finish, and still have a unified look and style in your kitchen.

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Mix and match different styles from the same Top Knobs collection to create a look that’s “all you.”

 

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Top Knobs Back-To-Back Pulls Integrates Cabinet Hardware Throughout The Home

Normandy Cage Top Knobs is stepping out of the kitchen and bathroom, and into the rest of the house! The Back-To-Back Door Pull Collection gives designers and consumers the ability to integrate the same cabinet hardware that they love into rooms all around the home.

The collection is composed of 12 of the most popular Top Knobs styles including: Normandy, Normandy Birdcage, Normandy Twist, Nouveau Bamboo, Nouveau Ring, Nouveau Arrow, Nouveau Brook, Somerset Finial, Somerset Weston, Somerset Melon, Asbury and Tuscany.

 

Tuscany Back-to-Back Door Pull

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Tuscany Back-To-Back Door Pull shown in Dark Antique Brass

  • Available in two sizes – 12 and 18 inches
  • Available in Dark Antique Brass, German Bronze, Old English Copper, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Pewter Antique and Rust.

Somerset Weston Back-to-Back Door Pull

Somerset Weston Back-to-Back Door Pull in Polished Brass

Somerset Weston Back-To-Back Door Pull in Polished Brass

  • Available in 8, 12, and 18 inches
  • Optional finishes in Brushed Satin Nickel, German Bronze, Patina Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, Pewter, Pewter Antique and Rust.

The collection is available in 12 unique finishes. End caps can be mounted for use with one-sided applications for appliances or large pantry doors. The sealed finish also makes them viable for bathroom fixtures, such as the shower door.

MSRP ranges from $201.40-$461.40 depending on the size and finish. Like all Top Knobs products, the Back-To-Back Door Pulls come with a lifetime warranty.

Solid versus hollow cabinet knobs and pulls: why it matters.

The cabinet and drawer knobs and pulls that are stocked at big box home improvement stores and hardware stores are typically hollow. Hollow knobs can also be found in kitchen cabinet showrooms and decorative hardware showrooms on their lower end “builder grade” knobs and pulls. You can tell a knob is hollow by picking one up and holding it. It’s light. You may also notice that the back of the knob or pull is also hollow. This reduces the amount of metal in the knob or pull, which reduces the cost. But it also reduces the longevity of the knob. Less metal can also cause sharp edges that aren’t comfortable to the touch.

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Nouveau III M1143

If shortcuts have been taken on the metal, then it’s also likely that shortcuts have been taken on the finish – fewer coats, less polishing, fewer coats of protective lacquer, and thus more vulnerable to tarnishing, the finish rubbing off, and changes to the finish color over time. The knob or pull may also have rougher edges due to mechanical finishing vs. hand finishing.

Top Knobs Passport Collection Luxor Series

Top Knobs Passport Collection Luxor Series

You can feel the quality of Top Knobs in your hand. Most Top Knobs products are solid metal – solid brass, bronze, iron, steel, etc – and they are heavy! A solid knob is far less vulnerable to denting or creasing. The heavier weight feels good in your hand. The screw threads extend through the solid knob, making it far less vulnerable to stripping than a hollow knob with far fewer threads. And because every Top Knobs product is hand finished, they are smooth to the touch with no rough edges.

Top Knobs Tuscany M229

Top Knobs Tuscany M229

There are a few hollow knobs and pulls in the Top Knobs product line. If the design on the product is very intricate, the metal has to be pressed into the mold rather than poured into the mold. This requires using a flat sheet of metal, which is then formed to create the rest of the hollow knob or pull. This is actually are more costly and involved production process, but the result is a beautiful and intricate design and appeal!

View the complete Top Knobs product line, and the 2015 product catalog, at www.topknobs.com.

3” Pulls – The Key to Retrofitting or Updating Old Cabinets

3 inch pullsSwitching out cabinet hardware is a quick and easy way to change the look of a kitchen. In fact, it is a popular home improvement projects for homeowners.

Unfortunately, today’s larger hardware designs do not match the screw holes on older cabinets, making it more difficult to find new cabinet hardware that will integrate in the old cabinetry. Most kitchens made 15 to 20 years ago feature 3” center-to-center measurement between screw holes.

Top Knobs has responded to this need by creating right sized 3” pull in 14 of their best collections. The 3” pulls are available in the following collections:

  • Additions
  • Asbury
  • Aspen
  • Bar Pull
  • Bronze
  • Dakota
  • Edwardian
  • Normandy
  • Nouveau
  • Nouveau II
  • Passport
  • Sanctuary
  • Somerset
  • Stainless

Plus, Top Knobs 3” Pulls are available in an assortment of finishes to match any décor, including: Tuscan Bronze, Antique Copper, Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, Brushed Bronze, Patina Rouge, Oil Rubbed Bronze, German Bronze, Antique Pewter and Flat Black.

To view product information about the Top Knobs 3” Pulls, click to the Products section of TopKnobs.com. There you can sort by product type, size, color, etc, and get detailed product information. You can also order samples of select Top Knobs styles directly from the website.

 

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.