Cabinet Pulls versus Cabinet Knobs, which is best for your design?

Knobs and pulls on your kitchen cabinets and doors not only protect your cabinet finish, but also add that finishing touch to help bring your design come together. We’ve come a long way from the old glass knobs of your grandmother’s kitchen, and today you can likely find the style and finish that is just right for your kitchen design.

Knob or Pull?   

 There are kitchen hardware police dictating whether you can use a knob or a pull or a combination of both. However, following are few tips that may make it easier for you to decide based on your design, preference, and needs which will servce you best.  

A good rule of thumb is to consider size and weight before deciding on a knob or a pull. For doors, particularly larger ones, a pull is more comfortable and requires less efffort than using a knob which is considerably smaller. The same datum would hold true for drawers that hold heavy items like pots and pans, silver of flatware, and kitchen utensils. Pulls enable you to use your whole hand instead of just your fingers.


Unless you are going for a mid-century look and themed kitchen from the 50s for example, going with all knobs will probably give your kitchen an outdated look. Pulls on the other hand, give your room a more contemporary look. Even in traditional kitchens, providing you find a style that meshes with your kitchen design, pulls can work quite well.


You can also do a mix of knobs and pulls—using knobs for smaller drawers and cabinets, and using pulls on the larger and heavier doors and cabinets.

You can also do a mix of knobs and pulls—using knobs for smaller drawers and cabinets, and using pulls on the larger and heavier doors and cabinets.



What about shape?            

Shape is another thing to consider in selecting knobs and pulls. Do you want something square or curved? To decide what will work best, examine your overall kitchen design. Do your cabinets, countertop edge, lighting fixtures, and any other important design elements have square or curved lines? If your overall design is primarily square/sharp lines go with square, if the lines are softer and curved go with curved.

What about finish? 

Chrome and brushed nickel are traditional in many kitchens but there are so many other kinds of finishes available today, perhaps you want to color outside the lines and try something new to add a little extra punch to your kitchen.

You should consider other finishes in the room, such as your faucett, appliances, and lighting but as long as the finish compliments those other elements in the room, you don’t need to match exact finishes. Chrome faucets, for example, will pair well with white, black, dark bronze, pewter or clear glass. Brushed nickle or stainless faucets will pair nicely with antique pewter, bronze, aluminum, and black matte, among others.

Accessories make or break the look – even in your kitchen

Knobs, pulls, and cabinet hardware is often called the jewelry of the kitchen and for good reason. The right hardware compliments and enhances your cabinets and design, conversely, the wrong hardware can make it look dated, unfocused, and poorly designed.

At Cabinet Knobs & More we have a huge selection of knobs and pulls in a wide array of styles and finishes. Visit our website to find just the right knobs or pulls for your design needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us  today.

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