Ways to Brighten Up Your Kitchen for Summer

Nothing screams summer like a bright, airy kitchen. If your kitchen is stuck back in the dark days of winter, it’s time for an update. From simple changes to massive overhauls, getting a summer kitchen style makes the heart of your home more inviting and functional.

Maximize Natural Light

Whether you have a single window over the sink or an entire wall of windows, making the best use of that natural light is the perfect place to start for your summer style kitchen makeover. Start by giving your windows a thorough cleaning inside and outside.

A layer of dirt or cloudiness cuts down on the brightness significantly. You may be surprised just how much dirt you have on your windows, even if you can’t see the dirt. It’s best to wash windows when the sun isn’t shining on them directly. You’re more likely to get streaks if it’s sunny.

Here are some additional ways to make the most of the natural light your kitchen gets:

  • Reposition furniture to avoid blocking any source of light into the room. Move your table to a place where it gets plenty of natural light.
  • Take containers off your windowsills, and remove blinds or long curtains to let more light into the space. Even small things can block rays from lighting your kitchen.
  • Position a mirror opposite a window. While mirrors aren’t traditional in a kitchen, they are great tool for amplifying natural light. Find a mirror that fits with your kitchen’s design so it blends in seamlessly.

Window coverings can be a challenge in the kitchen. You need something that holds up to the heat and moisture that comes with cooking, but you want light to come in during the day. If privacy isn’t an issue, don’t put anything on your windows, or put a lightweight or sheer valance along the top.

If you prefer something covering your windows, choose curtains made of light fabric. Hang a curtain rod that is wider than the window. This allows you to open the curtains fully, so they don’t block the sides of the window. Choose blinds that go up easily without blocking a large section of the top of the window. Choosing lighter colors for window coverings makes the room feel summery.

Add More Natural Light

Is your kitchen still lacking natural light? If you’re up for a larger project, consider opening up your kitchen a little more. One option is replacing a traditional exterior door with a sliding glass door or French doors leading outside. The larger glass door lets in plenty of light, and the door lets you easily flow between interior and exterior spaces when you entertain.

If you don’t have room for a larger door, swap out your old model with a new door containing a large section of glass. You still get more light than you did before without as much remodeling work. Depending on your home’s construction, skylights may be an option. Skylights let natural light flow into the room from above for a lighter, airy feeling.

Replacing a regular window with a garden, bay or bow window is another option. These window styles let in more light because there’s more window area. They make the room feel larger because they extend outward. These types of windows keep you connected to the outside, which is a big part of summer.

Update Paint Colors

Painting walls is an easy and inexpensive way to change your kitchen. A neutral color on your wall keeps the room bright with plenty of versatility to change up your décor without needing to repaint. When choosing your paint, consider the existing elements in the kitchen you don’t plan to change.

For example, if you already have white cabinets, painting your walls white may make the kitchen feel a little too monochromatic. Opting for a cream or gray color on the walls keeps the look light and neutral with a slight variation to create depth.

A wall full of paint chips may seem intimidating, but deciding on a general color helps you narrow down the options. White is an obvious light neutral color that works well in almost any kitchen. When you head to the paint store, you’ll find a broad range of white and off-white colors. Warm white colors create a traditional look. Use them to create a classic or transitional feel. If your kitchen is a modern style, look for a white on the cool side.

Gray is a popular option throughout the house, including the kitchen. Just like white, gray pairs well with almost any other color. Lighter shades of gray keep the space feeling airy. Add pops of color, such as bold yellow, to warm up the cool look of gray.

Neutrals aren’t the only options for kitchen wall colors. Choosing a bright color for the wall makes the space feel cheerful and shows off your personality. Light blues and greens are popular, as are light, sunny yellows. If you choose a bright color, make sure it’s something you can live with for a while and that it goes with the existing furnishings in the kitchen.

Here are some additional tips for choosing a paint color:

  • Choose a color at home. It’s tough enough to choose colors from tiny paint chips. The fluorescent lighting in the paint store doesn’t help matters. Take the paint chips home with you to see how the colors look in your space.
  • Test it in different light situations. Your kitchen looks completely different at noon on a sunny day than it does late at night. The look may even change from early morning to late afternoon. Keep the paint chips around, and look at them at different times of day to see how the color changes in varying light levels.
  • Do a test run. Buy a small sample can of your selected color for a test run before painting the entire kitchen. If you don’t want to put the paint directly on the walls, paint a piece of cardboard or wood and hold it up to the wall at different times of day.
  • Follow your instincts. Don’t choose white because it brightens the space if the idea of white walls drives you crazy. Ultimately, it’s your kitchen. Choose a wall color that makes you happy and feels sunny and bright to you.

Add a Backsplash

Your backsplash area has the potential to be a dark, shadowy place tucked back under the cabinets. A new, updated backsplash creates a lighter look. Although time-consuming, installing a tile backsplash is a relatively easy project homeowners can do on their own.

Choose shiny tiles to create a reflective quality on the backsplash. A shiny surface maximizes natural light and reflects under-cabinet lights to make the space feel less like a cave. Subway tile or another white tile keeps the backsplash simple and bright. If you want color on your backsplash, opt for shiny glass tiles with sea-inspired blue and green hues.

Another option is to use tile with a bright, bold pattern. The design draws attention and adds depth to your kitchen design. Keep the bright, summery feeling in mind when choosing the tile pattern, but remember — you have to live with the pattern year-round.

Explore Lighting Options

Kitchens need good lighting. Not only does quality light create a bright look in the space, it also makes the space more functional for cooking, entertaining and other tasks. Natural light is important, but you need quality artificial light throughout your kitchen, particularly in work areas. If your existing lights just aren’t cutting it, consider some upgrades.

Start with the bulbs in your existing light fixtures. If you like your fixture but need brighter light, brighter light bulbs could solve the problem and make your kitchen feel more summery. When choosing brighter bulbs, forget about the watts. Instead, focus on the lumens. Lumens describe the brightness of the bulb. One bulb is usually around 800 lumens. Kitchens generally need between 5,000 and 10,000 total lumens to create a bright, functional space. Count the bulbs in your kitchen to see if you come close.

Another element in choosing the best light bulbs for your kitchen is the appearance of the light. The options range from warm light to cool light. Warm light bulbs create a cozy feeling, while cool light is brighter and whiter to energize the space.

To create a bright, summer-like effect, look for bulbs described as bright white, cool white or daylight. Bright white and cool white bulbs are 4100 Kelvin. Daylight bulbs range from 5000 to 6000 Kelvin. Check the bulb packaging to find this information.

If you can’t fix the lighting situation with a simple bulb swap, consider replacing the fixtures with newer, brighter models. For instance, replace a single light with a multi-light fixture. Pendant lighting is an effective way to make the space feel bright because the light hangs down into the space instead of shining from the ceiling. It emits the light much closer to your work surfaces than a flush-mount ceiling light.

Another option is to add new lighting fixtures where they don’t currently exist. This is one way to get the total number of lumens closer to an ideal range if your current kitchen is lower than recommended. Hire an electrician to handle the work.

Look around the space to see where you’re most lacking light. Are there dark corners? Do you need more ambient lighting to illuminate the entire room or more task lighting over work areas?

Consider the following additions to your kitchen:

  • Under cabinet lighting to illuminate your countertops
  • Above cabinet lighting to cast a warm glow at the tops of cabinets
  • Lights inside glass-front cabinets to add a subtle glow
  • Pendant lights over the sink, island and other work areas
  • Track lighting to control the positioning and direction of lights
  • Recessed lighting to increase general illumination in an unobtrusive way

Open Up the Room

If you’re up for a major renovation, opening up a closed-off kitchen makes a huge difference in how bright the space feels. Your kitchen feels much larger, which contributes to the airy feeling. Removing the wall lets natural light shine freely between the spaces, so you get natural light from both sides of the room.

This is another project that requires the help of a professional. Before you think about tearing out a wall, make sure it isn’t structural. If it is structural, the job requires more work to replace the support that comes from the wall. Once the wall is out of the way, add cabinets and countertops as a divider between the two spaces. A large island is also an option.

If you don’t want to completely tear out a wall, a smaller-scale option is to cut out a section of the wall. This helps connect the two spaces, makes the kitchen feel larger and lets light from the adjacent room spill into the kitchen. It’s a great way to feel connected to guests when you’re stuck in the kitchen.

Redo Your Cabinets

Outdated cabinets make the entire room look tired and old. Redoing the cabinets gives them a fresh look and makes your kitchen feel brighter.

Refinishing or painting your cabinets is an affordable option for giving them an updated look. Stripping and re-staining cabinets takes time, but this is an option if you like the design of the cabinets but not the stain color. Going with a light stain supports the bright look you want while keeping the wood look you love.

Another option is painting the cabinets a light color. White is a classic option that creates a crisp look. White cabinets fit into almost any kitchen design, from coastal-inspired and country kitchens to minimalist and modern kitchens. White never goes out of style, and it goes with any other color you choose, from your wall color to countertops and accessories. Gray is another neutral option that fits a wide range of kitchen styles.

Painting cabinets takes lots of patience and precision work. Spend plenty of time cleaning off any grease or debris on your cabinets. Sanding the cabinets well ensures a smooth, even finish. Use thin, even layers of paint to achieve smooth cabinets without drip marks.

If your cabinets need more than a coat of paint, consider replacing the doors on the cabinets. This option works well when the cabinets are structurally sound, but you want an updated look on the doors. Choose a new door style that fits the overall style of your kitchen. Glass-front doors create an open feeling, but organized shelves inside are essential to pull off the look. A cluttered, messy cabinet can make the kitchen feel crowded and disorganized.

For a total makeover, have the cabinets replaced completely. You get to start from scratch with fresh, new cabinets that fit your style and the theme of your kitchen. While you can install cabinets yourself, it takes precision in lining up and installing them.

Consider replacing some upper cabinets with large, open shelving. The shelves break up the large bank of cabinets to make the kitchen feel open. Plus, everything you place on the shelf is easily accessible and ready to use. Once installed, add some bright, summery decorations on the shelves along with your kitchen gear to add an invigorating dash of color.

Update Cabinet Hardware

A less involved way to update the look of kitchen cabinets is by replacing the hardware. The project is simple enough to handle on your own. If the size of the new hardware matches the old, installation is as easy as taking off the old and installing the new. For hardware with different sizing, you may need to patch old holes and drill new ones.

If your existing cabinets and drawers don’t have any hardware on them, adding pulls and handles makes an impact on the overall look. You’ll need to drill the holes for the installation.

When looking for new hardware, consider the overall style of your kitchen and the other metal finishes in the space. Choose hardware that complements those existing details. Shiny, reflective hardware maximizes light in the space.

Use Contrast

It seems logical to go with an all-white kitchen to get a bright, summer look, but too much white can make a room feel lackluster. White overload makes the kitchen seem flat and lifeless. Contrasts are very popular in kitchen design. Balance the white with a few pops of a contrasting color to add depth to the look. Contrasting very dark colors with very light colors makes the biggest impact if you’re looking to go bold.

Using contrasting textures creates interest and depth in your kitchen design. For instance, you might use a textured stone on the backsplash next to a smooth kitchen countertop. Even if the two elements are similar in color, the texture creates a visual separation that makes them more interesting.

You can create the contrast in many ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Dark countertops with light cabinets
  • Light countertops with dark cabinets
  • A bright white island against a dark wood floor
  • Matte black trim along bright or pastel areas
  • Dark floors against light cabinets
  • Colored backsplash with white countertops and cabinets
  • Bold colored bar stools along a white island or counter area
  • Stainless steel or colorful appliances in a white kitchen
  • Painted interior on cabinets with glass-front doors
  • Bold color or textures on light fixtures
  • Bright, bold decorative elements and accessories on shelving and countertops
  • Two-toned cabinetry where you have one section of cabinetry in one color and another section in a different color

When adding contrast in your kitchen, keep in mind that less is more. Too many bold, contrasting elements quickly make the kitchen feel busy and distracting, which is the opposite of the breezy, relaxing, summer vibe you want.

Add Summer Accents

Simple summer kitchen accents make your space feel bright and sunny, and natural elements help you achieve that look beautifully. Tuck bright flowers into a decorative pitcher or vase to display on a countertop or open shelving. Create a hanging herb garden on a wall near a window. Not only do you bring in a colorful natural element, you have fresh herbs for cooking. A glass bowl full of colorful fruit is another way to bring in color to enliven your space.

Try these additional summer accent ideas in your kitchen:

  • Bright, decorative towels that double as art
  • Bright ceramic canisters
  • Patterned display bowls featuring summery designs
  • Sunny dishes on display in glass-front cabinets or open shelves
  • Colorful glass drinking cups
  • Summery patterned rugs
  • Colorful placemats
  • Vivid cushions on dining chairs or bar stools
  • Bright baskets holding your salt, pepper, spices and oils
  • Cheerful paintings or other artwork
  • Wooden lanterns on the table for a beach-like feel

Which options top your list for creating a bright kitchen style for summer? Little changes can make a big difference in the look and feel of the room. If your to-do list includes new summer-themed hardware, feel free to contact us at Cliffside Industries to learn more about our many styles and finish options perfect for any kitchen.

Decorative Hardware for Closets

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You probably already know how beneficial the right decorative hardware can be for your cabinets, drawers and other home furnishings. Quality metal hardware with classic finishes can add an element of class, beauty and strength to any home.

Hopefully you’ve already seen how the finely crafted hardware products from Cliffside Industries can give your home a distinctive and refreshing look. What about your closets? Like the other furnishings in your home, closets deserve beautiful hardware to adorn them and help them become a cohesive part of your overall décor.

Whether you’re looking to accent a closet in your bedroom, living room or hallway, the same gorgeous pulls and handles that beautify your cabinetry can bring life to your closets. A classic pull in polished chrome or old antique can transform your closet from a necessity that must be hidden into one of the stars of your décor.

Since our handles come in a variety of sizes, you should have no problem finding ones that suit your closet perfectly. Our wide range of finishes means it’s easy to make sure your new decorative closets match the existing décor surrounding it, even if you haven’t installed other Cliffside Industries hardware products before.

If you love your beautiful, elegant Cliffside Industries cabinetry hardware and have been looking for an excuse to add more of it, accenting your closets is the perfect opportunity. Our hardware is high quality and durable, with materials made to last, so choosing Cliffside cabinetry for your closets is both practical and stylish.

Order Your Decorative Closet Hardware From Cliffside Industries Today

Take the time to peruse our pull and handle selections, as well as our gorgeous finishes like antique brass, silver satin, Venetian bronze, polished nickel and more. When you’ve found the perfect style and finish, use our easy online ordering form to let us know what we can send you today. If you have any questions about our products, finishes, policies or how decorative cabinetry hardware can beautify your closets, feel free to give us a call at 717-627-3286.

Hardware for Flat-Panel Kitchen Cabinets

If you’ve chosen flat-panel cabinets, you like the sleek, modern look they bring to your kitchen. Support this clean, contemporary design by using pulls and knobs with square contours. We carry hardware that adds just the right touch to these simple, but striking, cabinets.

Stainless Steel Suite

Our stainless steel suite is perfect if you want subtle hardware that highlights your panels. It lends your kitchen an industrial air. Choose extra-long pulls that run from edge to edge — such as bar pulls — for a simple, yet dramatic look. We offer both thin and thick stainless pulls, so you can choose the option that’s most comfortable for your hands and most appealing to your eyes. Pick from two styles:

  • Tubular: These pulls are unadorned, with rounded edges. The style is sophisticated, yet relaxed. Coordinating knobs include simple cylinders.
  • Flat: This type of hardware is squared-off and linear. Select this to emphasize rectangular elements in the room. An added bonus for busy kitchens: The pull ends are flush. Nothing sticks out to catch clothing as you’re passing by. Matching knobs are distinctive and angular.

Sedona Suite

Sedona’s straight and uncomplicated lines complement the simplicity of flat-pull cabinets but add interesting texture. Each pull and knob is distressed and pitted, which boosts the visual appeal of the plain cabinets. Create a more realistic industrial quality with hardware that looks like it’s been around a while. Choose from antique iron, bronze or antique silver Sedona hardware.

Recessed Pulls

Recessed pulls are understated, putting flat-panel cabinets front and center. Since the cabinets have no decoration themselves, recessed pulls add depth. They are utilitarian and create an office-like air. Because they don’t stick out, the pulls never hinder kitchen traffic. This is a great style for a cook who seeks an efficient, ready-to-work environment. We offer Schwinn recessed and flush pulls in chrome or nickel.

Tab Pulls

Metallic tab pulls are uncomplicated and functional, but with flare. The small version works smoothly and provides a subtle look. Full-length tab pulls on drawers and cabinets make a strong modern statement. We carry several variations from Schwinn Hardware in satin nickel and polished or matte chrome

For flat-panel cabinets, the rule of thumb is to “keep it simple.” This accentuates the modernity established by the unembellished panels. Think straight lines, cylindrical shapes and metallic finishes.


How to Install Cabinet Hardware

A quick way to update a kitchen is to switch out the hardware. Though drawers and pulls tend to be small, they make a significant impact on the overall appearance of the room. Installing new hardware isn’t complicated. Use ordinary tools and materials to create an extraordinary new look.

Reusing Old Holes

If you purchase new hardware that matches the holes of the existing pulls and knobs, the replacement process takes minutes.

  • Start by using a screwdriver to remove screws on the inside of the doors and drawers.
  • Line up each new piece of hardware with its holes, and put in the screws.
  • Tighten the screws well, and you’re done.

Some old-style pieces of hardware might have nuts and washers holding them on.

  • Loosen and remove the nut, slip off the washer and pull off the knob or pull.
  • If the new hardware has the same fastening system, insert the bolt through the original hole.
  • Slide the washer all the way up, then twist the nut on tightly.

Creating New Holes

Sometimes the hardware you really want doesn’t match the existing holes. That’s not a problem — it just takes a few extra steps.

  • After removing old hardware, determine the spots for the new holes. Many hardware and home improvement stores sell templates that guide you to properly position new holes so they’re both functional and pleasing to the eye. Using a template, mark the spots for your new holes and drill them out.
  • It’s easier to camouflage the old holes before you put up the new hardware. You have far better access for filling and covering holes up.
  • Use wood putty to fill them completely.
  • Remove any excess filler with a putty knife.
  • Let the putty dry. Depending upon the size of your hole, this can take a few hours or the entire day.
  • Lightly sand the area with 150-grit paper to make sure it’s smooth.
  • If the hole is gone, prime the area and then cover with paint or finish.
  • If you can still see the hole, repeat the wood putty application process.
  • When the paint or finish has dried, screw your beautiful new hardware into the new holes you made.

Replacing cabinet hardware can make a dramatic difference. With minimal work and expense, you’ve refreshed and updated the room’s appearance.

Kitchen Cabinet Knobs vs. Pulls: Which is Right for You?

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Your kitchen is the central hub of your home, and most people consider it the most important room of the house. You probably begin your day in the kitchen with a cup of coffee or a quick breakfast with your family. Everyone gathers in the kitchen to socialize, and it’s where you cook meals and eat together. Kitchens are a main bonding area of the home. When you, your family and your guests are attracted to your kitchen and want to spend time in it, your kitchen is a success.

A highly functioning and aesthetically pleasing kitchen is an investment in your family’s health and happiness — and all the little details matter. When designing your kitchen, you typically start with the cabinets and appliances, and from there you can personalize it with corbels, aprons, pulls or knobs. There are many hardware details to consider — and the smallest often make a big impact.

The Importance of Kitchen Cabinet Knobs & Pulls

One of the smallest details in your kitchen is the knobs and pulls on your cabinets and drawers. The hardware you choose should not be an afterthought in the process of remodeling or updating. Cabinet knobs and pulls aren’t always given the consideration they deserve, but the style you choose can significantly impact the overall feel of your kitchen space. The hardware is equally as important as the cabinets themselves!

As you begin to shop around for knobs and pulls, you’ll quickly discover a dizzying selection of finishes, shapes and styles. For example, moderno-style pulls pair excellently with cabinets in a modern kitchen, casting a sleek essence of elegance upon the space. If you’re looking for an old-world feel, antique-style knobs might be just what you need to complement your décor. It can be overwhelming to approach the topic of knobs vs. pulls, but it’s a choice that deserves your time and consideration.

After you choose new cabinets and appliances for your kitchen, the last thing you want to do is agonize over the hardware, which is why many people don’t give much thought to knobs and pulls. Many people also realize their kitchen space needs an update, but they don’t want to sink thousands of dollars in a complete remodel. Fortunately, swapping out your knobs or pulls can make a significant difference in the look of your kitchen — and you’ll spend a fraction of the cost that comes with a traditional renovation.

The costs for knobs and pulls can vary greatly, depending on the option you choose. Knobs start at a few dollars for one but can be a hundred dollars or more if you choose a high-end option, such as a knob made of Swarovski crystal.

Pulls are generally more expensive because they’re larger, but like knobs, there’s a wide range in price that depends on the option chosen. Regular kitchen cabinet pulls begin at a few dollars but can be over a hundred dollars or more for a single pull, such as an embellished antique bronze option. Cup pulls are a little more expensive to start, with the less expensive options starting around $7 for one.

General Guidelines for Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

It’s important to choose hardware that will complement the rest of your kitchen décor and accentuate its worthy features. Generally, most people want their cabinet and drawer hardware to coordinate with the handles on their appliances. The colors should work well together, and the finishes shouldn’t clash. Drastically different shapes can also make your kitchen feel cluttered. You should use functionality and your personal preference to approach choosing knobs vs. pulls, but there are a few general guidelines to follow that correlate with your style of cabinets.complement your kitchen

  • Shaker style cabinets.

    The most common style of cabinet offers flexibility in design, and they work well with knobs or cup or bin pulls. Shakers are known for their simplicity and clean lines, so simple hardware is often used, such as round knobs.

    Traditional nickel or steel knobs or pulls are common, as well as vintage glass or ceramic knobs. Vintage pulls with exposed screws provide a classic touch or industrial feel to a new kitchen with shaker cabinets. Tubular bar pulls — which can be short or long and dramatic — modernize a traditional kitchen with shaker cabinets. Flat bar pulls offer a contemporary edge, while wire pulls keep your décor traditional. Arched and footed bar pulls offer a classic look on shaker style cabinets.

  • Flat-panel cabinets.

    Most often seen in modern or contemporary kitchens, flat-panel cabinets embrace minimal embellishment to focus on natural materials. Subtle hardware choices are best, such as stainless steel bar pulls. You often see long, extended versions placed on the door or drawer.

    If you prefer square edges, you can choose a flat bar pull. Recessed pulls offer a functional option that work especially well for high-traffic kitchens. If you’re aiming for a minimalist look to your kitchen, you might consider discreet tab pulls for your flat-style cabinets.

  • Inset cabinets. Inset cabinets offer flush, inset doors with an edge detail that evokes fine craftsmanship. Many insets have exposed hinges, giving you something else to consider as most people prefer knobs or pulls to match them. Both pulls and knobs are often paired with inset cabinets.
  • Distressed cabinets. Rustic hardware pairs nicely with distressed cabinets. Consider adding back plates for a Mediterranean style, rustic or antique knobs, or sandcast bronze pulls.
  • Louvered cabinets. Both pulls and knobs work with louvered kitchen cabinets, but knobs are most common. Keep in mind louvered cabinets have more detail than a plain, solid cabinet. There’s more to look at, so they naturally require more attention, which is why many people choose simple or classic knobs or pulls to complement louvered cabinets.
  • Beadboard cabinets. These cabinets offer a cottage chic look, which pairs nicely with knobs and cup pulls. Like louvered cabinets, there’s more detail to view, so simple hardware tends to work best. Adding elaborate hardware might be too distracting and take away from the character of the beadboard.

Ultimately, you should choose your hardware according to your personal preferences, kitchen style and goals for functionality. If you’re concerned about resale value, recognize that the most popular hardware finishes are satin, nickel and bronze. There are no hard-set rules to follow when it comes to adding the final details to your kitchen, and many people choose a combination of knobs and pulls. If you’re unsure of which to choose for your kitchen cabinets or drawers, it’s wise to examine the pros and cons of both.

Knobs or Pulls: The Pros and Cons

The choice between cabinet pulls and knobs isn’t easy — both come with positives and negatives. Keep in mind that you’ll be using your knobs or pulls every day. Whatever you choose should feel natural in your hand and flow with the décor of the room. You should consider your kitchen’s décor and style, the look you want to achieve, your budget, ease of cleaning, ease of use, the weight of your drawers and more.

Everything You Need to Know About Knobs

Knobs are the most basic type of kitchen hardware, and they’re easy to swap out yourself. They’re usually installed using a single screw. Knobs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they’re made from various materials such as stainless steel, brass, stone, zinc, crystal, glass, marble, ceramic and more. Common shapes for kitchen knobs include round, square and birdcage. There are also plenty of novelty pulls to choose from, so you can add an element of your personality to your space.knobs over pulls

The pros of choosing knobs:

  • You enjoy many options. You have seemingly endless options for kitchen knobs. You can choose something economical or opt for a luxurious knob to accent a formal, elegant kitchen. Large or small, colorful or wood, round or square, there’s an option to suit any kitchen. You can get as personal and detailed as you like when you choose knobs for your kitchen.
  • Knobs are generally less expensive. You can purchase standard knobs at a lower cost than standard pulls. Of course, high-end knobs will cost more than a standard pull, but if you’re looking for the most economical choice, you will find a larger variety of inexpensive knobs than pulls.
  • Knobs are easy to install. Within minutes, you can transform the look of your kitchen by switching out the knobs. They are attached using a single screw, so all you have to do is unscrew the old knob and screw on the new one.
  • Round knobs will never go crooked. Knobs are attached with screws, and screws can become loose over time. If you choose a round knob, it will always be centered. Novelty knobs, square-shaped knobs, and knobs that aren’t round can lose their center and look unbalanced when a screw inevitably becomes loose. Although not a difficult problem to fix, it can be annoying to see crooked and uneven knobs throughout a kitchen, which is why many people prefer round options. Cliffside’s knobs have brads at the base of the knob that stick into the cabinet and prevent rotation.

The cons of choosing knobs:

  • Knobs are harder to grasp. When compared to pulls, knobs are typically harder to grasp and pull. This can be an issue for people with arthritis or people with a disability.
  • They can be hard to clean. If you choose novelty knobs or highly embellished knobs, they may be hard to clean. Grease splatters, messy hands and occasional spills are common in kitchens. Intricately detailed knobs will add flair and personality to your kitchen, but if you can’t easily clean them, you may end up replacing them too soon.
  • Some drawer knobs and knobs on lower cabinets can catch on clothing. Although pulls that extend on both sides are more likely to catch clothing, knobs can also pose the same problem. Depending on the size, shape and location of the knob, it can catch on clothing and become an annoyance.

Everything You Need to Know About Pulls

Pulls are also easy to install, but they usually involve more than a single screw. Most pulls require two screws, and like knobs, there are many options to consider. The most common types of pulls include:

  • Bar pulls
  • Cup pulls/Bin pulls
  • Arch pulls
  • Ring pulls
  • Drop handle/Bail pull
  • Birdcage

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There are many lengths available, but the most common are three to four inches. Length is an important consideration because if the pull is too small, the size of the cabinet will overpower it. This can also be a problem with heavy appliance doors. If you are using a small pull, it can actually become warped over time. If the pull is too large, it can look overwhelming. You can mark your cabinets with a piece of painter’s tape to determine which length you prefer.

Choose What’s Best for Your Kitchen

So which is better: knobs or pulls? It’s clear there’s no definitive answer. It’s a matter of personal preference and considering the other elements in your kitchen space. You should give extra thought to the function you want your hardware to serve, and then make the best choice for your needs. Homeowners often find that a combination of knobs and pulls works best for their needs, and there’s no lack of variety and options from which to choose.
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Consider Cliffside Industries for your decorative kitchen hardware needs, including your kitchen knobs and pulls. We’ve been in the bath and kitchen industry since 1987, and we look forward to helping you! Browse our impressive inventory of kitchen cabinet hardware, sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive product information and updates, or contact us today to discover how Cliffside Industries can help you choose the right hardware to update or put the finishing touches on your kitchen space.