We all want to live stylishly. We buy the latest fashions and make sure that we cut our hair according to the latest trends. We keep up with what’s new in the world of car design as well as the hip restaurants in our area.
But sometimes we forget to add our kitchen to the equation.
However, consider these statistics from U.S. News and World Report. Among the top five home improvement projects with the highest return on investment, minor kitchen remodels rank in at number 5 with 82.7% ROI.
That being said, the idea of a complete kitchen remodel can be stressful. If you are tearing down your entire kitchen, it could be weeks before you can eat anything that doesn’t come out of a takeout container.
So, how do you get the benefits of kitchen facelift without the huge time and energy commitment?
One of the easiest, affordable, and efficient ways to transform your kitchen is by changing the kitchen cabinet hardware. Rather than replacing every cabinet or installing new countertops, replacing the hardware can be done in a day without any professional help. Just pick out the hardware that you want and install them yourself!
The key to a worthwhile hardware replacement is being in touch with the latest hardware trends. You would be surprised how much you can transform your kitchen aesthetically just by replacing knobs, handles, or hinges.
That’s why we’re bringing you this quick and easy guide to the latest 2017 cabinet hardware trends, styles, and designs.
These tips aren’t just for the intrepid do-it-yourselfer. If you are a contractor or kitchen installation professional, you also want to make sure that you are paying close attention to the latest trends and designs. As a contractor or interior designer, you need to be ahead of the curve, selling your customers on the latest and most fashionable designs.
So take a look around and imagine just how easy and transformative the latest kitchen design trends could be for you or your customer’s home!
Make it Modern
Many homeowners are concerned that their home — specifically, their kitchen — is starting to look dated. A new set of modern hardware is a great way to give your kitchen an immediate 21st-century update.
The key to modern hardware is a straight clean line and a polished or brushed steel finish. Usually devoid of flourishes, these handles and hinges are inspired by geometric simplicity.
But don’t be fooled, modern hardware doesn’t necessarily need to be matched with equally modern doors or appliances. Because they are so simple, they fit nicely with a wide range of door colors and designs.
Our own Moderno Suite comes with some different handle styles, depending on your preference. Whether you prefer a full handle or just a knob, we have a number of options in a wide range of finishes, allowing you to completely cater your new hardware with your personal interior design aesthetic.
While many interior designers opt for the full modern look, the vintage look is also very on trend this year.
If you have an older home with original cabinetry or an older sink, this is an especially good option. It will allow you to match your kitchen with your specific tastes without losing the vintage feel.
This also works if you have cabinets painted with a bold vintage color. Strive for a delicate balance, as you want your kitchen to look vintage, not outdated. Don’t be afraid to get a couple different knob styles and experiment to make sure that you have the perfect look.
Consider some bold colors, like these various turquoise knobs, to add a statement to your cabinetry. And don’t be afraid to take risks!
Think Rustic for an Old World Feel
We live in an age when many of us feel we have lost something good from the past. Because of this, many interior designers are abandoning the modern look in favor of a far more rustic approach.
One of the best ways to express a rustic feel in your kitchen is through your hardware. The look of hand-crafted hardware, complete with minor irregularities and the look of distress will give your kitchen that beautiful, well-worn weathered look. Every time you go into your kitchen, you can be transported to an Italian villa or classic French vineyard.
If you have a small kitchen, we highly recommend the rustic look. Many hardware trends are designed to appear uniform. However, the visual interest generated by rustic hardware will make each individual handle or knob stand out.
We are extremely proud of our own rustic line, the Sedona Suite. The various knobs featured in this suite come in a number of shapes, from oval to round, and some with an antique texture. They also come in three finishes, silver, bronze or antique. If you’d prefer handles, those are available too, coming with a gorgeous wrought iron feel. You can also mix and match shapes to give your kitchen an especially antique and worn feel.
Choose Neutral if You Want Something Else to Stand Out
While many of us want to use our hardware to make a statement, there are some kitchen designs or aesthetics that benefit from neutral, unobtrusive hardware. Perhaps you have a really attractive backsplash or some especially detailed woodwork on your cabinetry. In this case, equally ornate handles may end up becoming visually distracting, taking attention away from the actually show stoppers in your kitchen design.
Antique finishes, which don’t have the luster of chrome or steel hardware, are a great way to make sure that your hardware doesn’t become an unwanted distraction. You might also opt for smaller knobs rather than larger handles or matching the color of your hardware to the color of your cabinets.
Check out these antiqued bronze knobs. If you have wood cabinets in a number of dark finishes, these knobs will blend in well.
Contrast Black and White
There is a particular trend that is sweeping the interior design world — contrasting black and white. Many homes have white cabinets already, making the switch to edgy black and white quite simple.
The black and white look can go in a number of different directions. Some opt for a more modern look, giving your kitchen an ultra-sleek European feel. Others choose a more vintage look, reminiscent of the French countryside. Either way, your kitchen is sure to make a big statement. It will definitely be a point of conversation at your next dinner party or family get together.
We offer a wide range of black hardware, so you are sure to find the right match for your perfect version of this bold, contrasting look.
Pair Light Color Hardware with Dark Wood
A lot of new cabinet installations feature dark, rich woods. If you really want to make the dark woods stick out, you can add pop with light colored hardware. Steel, chrome, or even white enamel hardware will make your wood look all the more rich.
This technique is an especially good option if you are already pairing dark woods with light colored walls or countertops. Light-colored hardware will draw the cabinets and light walls together.
Doing this also creates a sense of drama, so it’s perfect if you’re a person with panache who wants a kitchen to match!
Keep Up With Farmhouse Chic
Have you noticed how popular mason jars have become all of a sudden? That’s because the farm-to-table movement is all the rage these days. As people grow more concerned about where their food is coming from, they also want their food preparation to speak to this mindset.
So if you find yourself hanging herbs to dry in your kitchen or are seeking out places where you can still buy milk in glass bottles, you might be ready to make the switch to farmhouse chic hardware.
This best way to get this look is to match the color of your simple knobs with the color of your cabinets.
Coordinate With Your Sink Hardware
Another design tip is coordinating the lines of your cabinet hardware with the lines of your sink hardware. If your sink has ornate handles, consider cabinet handles that match. If instead your faucet features clean lines and a very modern feel, do the same with your cabinets.
You also want to consider matching the colors of the metals on both your faucet and your hardware. This will help to make sure that your whole kitchen feels like a single vision.
Make a Big Statement
Some of us are just more willing to be bold than others. If you are the kind of person who likes to cause a bit of a stir, don’t be afraid to incorporate unique and out there hardware.
If you are an avid golfer, why not bring your passion into the kitchen with golf themed hardware. Are you a dog lover instead? Dog themed hardware will make sure to make your love known.
You can also use big bold, colorful design motifs in your hardware. Southwestern style designs are a great way to bring a sense of place into your home. Or you can opt instead for a Tuscan or nautical palate.
If you want to browse through the nearly limitless possibilities, check out some of our more bold statement hardware.
Break the Rules
Of course, for every trend, there is the person who is ahead of that trend. If you are that kind of person, don’t be afraid to break the rules. Match colors into an intentionally clashing color scheme. For most people this might seem to garish, but for someone who has the sense of confidence, this could be the perfect act of self-expression. If you know that a certain modern hardware will actually look perfect on your colonial style cabinets, go for it!
Because ultimately, that’s how new trends are formed, through experimentation and fearless rule breaking. And people who know how to break rules creatively have the confidence to make a big splash with their interior design schemes.
A Few Practical Considerations
Whether you like modern lines or old world charm, there are few things to keep in mind as you make your hardware selections.
First, make sure that you are getting the right type of hardware for your door. For example, if you have solid, hardwood cabinet doors, a small knob may not be sufficient. While it may look fine, you could discover that it is hard to get the necessary grip to open a heavy door.
Second, keep your whole family in mind. For example, you may like dainty, small handles, but if someone in your family has large hands, these smaller handles may be somewhat uncomfortable. The same is true if someone in your family suffers from arthritis. Small knobs may look good, but they can be hard to grip if your hands are arthritic.
Third, consider your climate. This is especially important if you live near the ocean. Air with a high salt content can damage lacquered finishes on your hardware, so it is best to stick with metal finishes like stainless steel.
Finally, quality matters. If you want your new hardware to last, don’t opt for cheap materials. The higher quality the materials, the longer your hardware will last and the more gracefully it will age. Solid metals may start to show some wear over time, but with an attractive, antique finish. Inexpensive materials simply chip and only appear cheaper as they age.
Some Special Words for Contractors and Designers
For those of you who are installing hardware professionally, we want to remind you that hardware options are the best way to make sure that you are giving your customers a wide range of choices. By simply changing out the hardware, you can make a handful of cabinet designs feel like hundreds. You can take plain cabinets and make them chic and modern. You can make a standard cabinet feel custom.
As a contractor, experiment with new and unfamiliar hardware designs so that you can pitch them to your customers. By giving customers the sense that they are customizing their installation, you will help them feel like they are truly in bringing their own vision into reality.
Count on Cliffside Industries
If you want unrivaled selection and peerless quality, look no further than Cliffside Industries. We take cabinet hardware seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we don’t deal in anything else.
Since 1987, we have been providing only the highest quality kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware to dealers, contractors, interior designers and homeowners. Because we specialize in hardware, we have an eye for detail that directly benefits both our industry partners and homeowners.
So if you are looking to make sure that your kitchen installations or renovations are keeping up with the latest cabinet hardware trends of 2017, then our extensive selection of hardware is the perfect place to start. Contact us today and discover where hardware and inspired design meet.