There’s no denying that remodeling your kitchen is going to cost a good chunk of change. On average, homeowners can expect to spend $22,114. But, if you’re a savvy DIY-er, you could make a huge impact without breaking the bank.
You can use some paint and add new hardware finishes to change your kitchen. With these, your space can go from boring to impressive, without going over budget.
Now, we know what you’re thinking – why wouldn’t any old hardware work?
Continue reading to discover the many different hardware finishes that are available – just don’t be surprised if you have an “ah-ha!” moment!
Types of Hardware Finishes
When you’re choosing hardware, you want to choose a style that is going to complement the cabinetry and the overall look of the kitchen. Not only that, you want to choose something that you aren’t going to get tired of after a few months.
You will also want to consider choosing knobs and handles that are made of durable materials that can endure constant use (this is a big factor if you have a large family).
There are a lot of options available for putting the finishing touch on the design of your kitchen. Here are our top picks:
If you have light-colored cabinets, or if you’re going for an aged look, antique brass is a wonderful option. Antique brass can give you that sophisticated old-world touch you’re searching for.
Polished brass is often used when a kitchen needs more brightness. This is a versatile finish that looks great on light or dark cabinets.
When people have metallic finishes in the kitchen, they will choose polished brass. The polished brass complements metallic finishes.
Black hardware finishes are bold choices that pop when paired with trendy white cabinets.
Of course, it’s common to see black hardware paired with dark cabinets because they allow the cabinets to shine. Also, black hardware will be in style for many years, so you don’t have to worry about replacing anytime soon.
Iron hardware is versatile because you can find pieces that are light-colored like stainless steel, or dark where it looks almost black. With this type of hardware, it’s best suited for traditional style homes with dark cabinetry.
Iron is a classic option that will always be in style. But more importantly, it can stand up to rough treatment.
For people who love antique design elements, old antique hardware finishes are a great option. They work very well in traditional and country style kitchens.
When you’re designing your kitchen, there is no rule that you can’t have a bit of fun! Colored hardware is a great choice if you want to make sure your personality shines through.
Also, you can pick a colored hardware finish that will match other elements of your kitchen. This includes your back-splash, curtains, tile, or even your cookware and small appliances.
Copper hardware finishes can be that finishing touch that’ll take your boring kitchen and make it more unique and even a little funky.
The hardware has reddish-orange hue, but over time, it will accumulate a patina that’ll give you an aged look. This best accentuates dark cabinets.
Chrome has that brilliant shine that will brighten any type of cabinetry.
Usually, kitchens will already have chrome finishes such as the sink basin and the faucets. The chrome hardware will give you a uniform look.
This is an excellent option if you are going for an ultra modern look, but it’s versatile enough for even traditional kitchens.
Silver satin isn’t as bright and shiny as chrome, but it still complements every color cabinetry you have.
If you adore the look of chrome but want something that is a little more subtle, then silver satin is a wonderful option.
There are a couple different types of bronze hardware finishes. Most notably, there are Venetian and oil-rubbed finishes.
Both of these finishes are darker than the other types listed, but there is a slight difference between the two. Venetian bronze is going to be darker and shinier than oil-rubbed.
Both types of bronze will look beautiful on dark wood cabinets in traditional, rustic, or country style homes.
If you aren’t concerned about the hardware’s color, but you still want an intricate design, pewter is a good choice. Pewter is available in a variety of shapes and patterns.
We should note that these hardware finishes aren’t made from real pewter. Instead, they have nickel plating that is made darker to resemble pewter.
Nickel is durable, which is a wonderful quality for kitchen hardware. The color of polished nickel is almost like chrome, but it has a softer color. Polished nickel also has a tendency to blend in with the cabinets a little better.
If you are looking for hardware that will work with any decor or kitchen style, this would be your best bet.
Stainless steel is an ultra-modern finish that is perfect for people who love contemporary design.
The steel lasts forever and if you already have stainless steel appliances, this kind of finish will tie everything together.
Choosing the Right Hardware Finishes
When you get tired of the way your kitchen looks, you shouldn’t have to undergo a costly renovation to freshen up the feel of your space. You can start off small and make simple changes such as changing the hardware on the cabinets and drawers.
Yes, even something as small as those can make a huge difference!
Being that there are so many options, you’ll want to make sure you choose hardware that is going to complement the cabinet color, style, and the overall design of your kitchen.
Check out our blog for more renovation ideas on a budget and other useful tips and tricks that every homeowner should know!