Probably the most basic of all the hardware types. These are typically placed with a single screw on cabinet front drawers and/or cabinet doors. Mostly everyone has seen the circular knobs but they can also come in other shapes too. The two most popular distinctions are called solid and hollow and both can come in circular, oval or as mentioned earlier in a specific designed shape (see first 3 slides). Solid knobs are sturdy pieces of metal that feel more substantial but these tend to be a bit more expensive because they require more materials. Hollow knobs are just that, hollow on the inside and thus can feel lighter. Even though these are hollow they're still great in quality and can come in a variety of print textures and patterns on the surface.
As a whole there's lots of different types of pulls but the most popular/common ones that we sell are handle and bar pulls. Regardless which style you choose, they will always be installed with 2 or more screws. Handle pulls are one of the most basic shapes of drawer pull, featuring a handle that is attached to the cabinet at both ends. This type of pull is frequently installed horizontally on drawers, but vertically on cabinets (see slide 4 &6). Bar pulls (see slide 5) are similar in design to handle pulls but don't connect to the cabinet or drawer on either end and are instead suspended by less conspicuous supports under the midsection. Bar pulls offer a sleek silhouette and are frequently used in more modern designs.
These are a special type of hardware. Cups are also called 'bin pulls' or 'half-moon pulls' because of their half circular shape. They offer a smooth appearance and generally something of a country feel. This is a style that typically is used only on drawers rather than cabinets. Due to it's unique design, cups can only be opened in one direction which is almost always the underside instead of the top and bottom like other types of hardware. Traditionally they're installed with the open end facing downward and therefore after installation, you pull open the drawer from beneath the pull.
Regardless what hardware style you end up choosing, they all come in different finishing styles some more than others. But in general, these are all the different finishing types: Oil rubbed bronze is a chemically darkened surface that simulates aged bronze. This finish is very dark, varies from a deep brown to a dark gray, and usually has copper undertones. Polished brass is simply put just solid brass that's polished and lacquer-coated to prevent tarnishing over time. Polished brass is one of the most common finishes and is available for almost any style. Polished Chrome is when polished chrome is plated over the top of brass or steel hardware and this finish is frequently associated with very modern styles. Satin nickel finishes have dulled and lacquer-coated nickel plating over brass hardware. Satin nickel is the happy medium of silver toned hardware with its glossy, yet understated tone. Antique pewter finishes are usually not pewter at all, but are made with a dulled and darkened nickel plating over brass. This is typically a matte kind of finish, and goes well with a wide range of design styles. Copper finishes typically have the characteristic reddish tint that the metal is known for but there's also antique and oxidized versions that tend to be more brown or greenish tints. And that's all for the metal hardware! There's different finishes if you choose to go with glass/crystal, wood,marble, natural stone, or ceramic hardware so make sure to check out what those are!
As a whole depending on the style of your kitchen, the hardware can really add to the aesthetic of it. For instance if you're doing more of a modern kitchen, bar pulls would be best since those are considered to be modern. If you were doing more of a transitional kitchen, certain knob and pull styles would be best compared to others.
Which type of hardware is your favorite? Let us know!
Til Next Time,