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We’ve been there. You’ve got a project that requires hardware, but you’re just not sure what would suit the cabinet best. Do you go satin brass or dark brushed brass? Should it be a knob handle or a pull handle? And what is zamac? It’s not easy choosing the finishing details when it makes such a dramatic difference.  Whether you're renovating your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or any other room with cabinets, selecting the ideal hardware can make a significant impact on the overall look and functionality of your space. Here at H&H we are here to guide you through choosing the perfect cabinet hardware for your space. Read on to find out what factors to consider, different hardware styles and finishes, and helpful tips to ensure you make the right choices.

1. Style and Aesthetics  

The first step in choosing cabinet hardware is to consider the overall style and aesthetics of your space. Are you going for a modern, traditional, rustic, or minimalist look? Your hardware should complement and enhance the existing design elements. For instance, sleek and minimalist hardware, like the Edison Profile Handle, might be ideal for a contemporary kitchen, while rustic and vintage-style knobs, like Greenwich, will enhance a traditional setting. 


2. Material and Finish  

Cabinet hardware comes in a wide range of materials and finishes, each contributing to a unique look and feel.  Typically the materials used to create handles are Brass, Zamac and Aluminium.  Collections such as the Fitzrovia Collection, are made from brass and the composition and density of the material means it’s the heaviest material of the three, and often the more expensive material of the three.  Zamac has a lower percentage of copper than Brass (an expensive raw material), which means it's usually more affordable.  It is somewhat lighter than Brass but still gives a tactile feel and the finishing is in no way impacted.  Aluminium has a significantly lower density than other metals and is easier to produce, therefore it tends to be the most cost-effective material choice for cabinet hardware. Whilst the weight is impacted when Aluminium is used, the finishing and design of the product can still be second-to-none, the perception is however different due to the light feel when loose in the hand. 

For many people, the type of material is less of a priority than the look and price of the product. The finish of a product should be the more important deciding factor. Consider the existing finishes in your space, such as faucets, lighting fixtures, and visible appliances, to ensure a cohesive design. For example, if you have stainless steel appliances, a Polished or Dull Nickel finish may suit the space better. Choosing hardware with a matching finish can create a harmonious and coordinated appearance. 

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3. Functionality

While aesthetics are important, functionality should not be overlooked. Think about how you use your cabinets and drawers. A handle's tactility and design may affect how easy or hard it is to open a cabinet door. For frequently used cabinets, opt for hardware that offers a comfortable grip and easy maneuverability. Decide whether you prefer knobs, pulls, cups or even a combination. Knobs are versatile and work well on both cabinet doors and drawers. Cup handles on the other hand, are suited better to pull-out drawers. Pull handles and bar handles provide a more substantial grip, which is particularly beneficial for larger, heavier cabinet doors. Mixing and matching the distinctive styles of hardware can create visual interest and add dimension to your cabinetry. 

4. Proportions  

Maintaining proportion is essential in achieving a balanced and visually pleasing design. Consider the size of your cabinets and drawers when selecting hardware. Large, oversized hardware might overwhelm smaller cabinets, while tiny knobs could get lost on larger ones. Aim for hardware that complements the size of the cabinet while making a statement. 

5. Budget

When first setting out on choosing the right cabinet hardware, you should consider setting a budget. Cabinet hardware comes in a wide price range. Set a budget and explore options within that range, before you get carried away! While high-end hardware might offer superior quality and durability, there are also budget-friendly alternatives that provide excellent value for money. 

6. Consistency

Maintaining consistency throughout your space is key. Choose hardware that ties together different areas of your home, creating a cohesive flow. Consistency doesn't necessarily mean using the exact same hardware in every room, but rather selecting variations that share a common design element.  

7. Personal Style 

Ultimately, your personal style and preferences should guide your decision. Cabinet hardware is an opportunity to showcase your unique taste and personality. Don't be afraid to explore creative and unconventional options that resonate with you. 

Choosing the right cabinet hardware is a crucial step in creating a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing space. By considering factors such as style, finish, functionality, and personal preferences, you can elevate the overall look and feel of your cabinets. If you are still unsure you can always buy a few sample options from our website that can be returned for a full refund if you decide they are not for you. Hopefully, this comprehensive guide has provided you with valuable insights and inspiration for selecting the perfect hardware that suits your unique space. If you still need assistance, our team are here to help! Just get in touch with us. Remember, every detail matters, and the right cabinet hardware can be the finishing touch that transforms your home. 

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