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.

Introducing Hardware International

Cliffside Industries is proud to announce that we’ve added Hardware International as a new partnered brand! Since Cliffside is known for providing top-quality products, we carefully examine new suppliers to make sure that they provide the same quality of products, top-notch service, and all of the other needs that our customers expect from us.

Who is Hardware International?

Distributed by Coastal Bronze, the Hardware International brand is shipped from California and is a new, unique expansion of our bronze hardware offering. To explain a bit further, bronze hardware is alloyed from copper, tin, and other metals and is usually cast, which means liquid metal is poured into a mould or die. Hardware International’s one-of-a-kind collection of designs are finished by hand to ensure the highest quality.

Hardware International has several groups of products, similar to Cliffside’s suites: the Deco, Mission, Natural, and Renaissance families, which are all single-tone (one color); and the Edge, Angle, and Curve collections, which are available as two-tone with your choice of combinations in three colors. They offer their Espresso finish, a darkened bronze; Champagne finish, which is a lighter golden bronze; and Platinum, which is a lighter silvery finish.

Here are some examples of the beautifully unique products that Hardware International has added to Cliffside’s ever-expanding range of partners!


Check out the complete offering on our site to shop the Hardware International brand today! And as always…

Thanks, partners!

Decorative Hardware for Closets

Closets - Decorative

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.

Learning about latches

If you are looking to install cupboard latches on your cabinetry, whether you’re designing a new kitchen or remodeling the old, there are a few tips that you should know. Check out the video below for some handy hints about cabinet latches.

Some basic tips:

  • There are two types of latches: a turn latch and a lever or thumb latch.
  • Latches can be used on inset cabinets, whether they have a stile or not, and certain kinds of frameless cabinet doors. They can’t be used on offset cabinets.
  • Installing latches is easy, as long as you line them up carefully and have the right kind of cabinetry to accommodate them.
  • If using the latches on frameless cabinetry, or on inset doors without a stile, you need a magnetic catch to secure the doors in addition to the latch.

For more information, check out Cliffside’s selection of latches. Each style is available in two materials and up to ten finishes.

A Guide to Cabinet Hardware Finishes

A guide to Cabinet Hardware Finishes

Getting the right finish for your kitchen cabinets can make the difference between a good and a great space. The right finish offsets other design choices in your kitchen. For example, you can match your appliances to your hardware finish to create a sophisticated, coordinated look. Alternatively, you can use your kitchen cabinet hardware finishes to show off your fun-loving personality, choosing a bright metal or unique design.

When planning your new hardware finishes, you want to keep a number of different factors in mind, including:

  • The advantages of using finish
  • Style of finish
  • Where in the kitchen it should go
  • What styles it works with
  • Any limiting factors

You should do your research ahead of time. Know which finishes work with the colors in your kitchen, and ask questions to determine any drawbacks to a certain style.

Caring for and Picking Out Your Kitchen Hardware

Caring for decorative hardware purchased from Cliffside Industries is easy. Use only a soft cloth dampened with water for cleaning. The most important thing to remember is never to apply any chemicals or abrasive cleaners, including all kinds of soap or detergent. Using these products damages the protective lacquer and may change the appearance of the piece. Any use of chemicals, abrasives or soaps will void your warranty.

For customers who have homes near the ocean, Cliffside recommends choosing non-metal items such as marble or wood for your projects. Salt air acts as an abrasive, and quickly erodes the lacquer coating. If you absolutely need (or desire) metal hardware, Cliffside recommends solid stainless steel, or certain solid brass finishes such as Black, Polished Brass, or Polished Chrome. Note that, even in optimum indoor conditions, no Cliffside finish has a lifetime guarantee under any circumstances.

Due to the makeup of materials, colors and finishes will vary from lot to lot. Cliffside strives to minimize variation, but some manufacturing processes make this unavoidable:

  • Marble and stone are products of nature. These items will always vary in color; no returns will be accepted due to color variations.
  • The same applies to custom-made products, such as glass.
  • Due to order volume, handpicking colors is not offered.

The finishes that vary most are marked with an asterisk (*) below.

The digital images displayed on this website and by our dealers have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, Cliffside Industries cannot be held responsible for variations in color between the actual product, your screen, and your printed literature.

Read on for the hardware finish guide that will take your kitchen from good to great.

The 10 Most Popular Hardware Finishes From Our Signature Lines

Our signature lines feature a wide variety of hardware finishes. The most popular colors range from warm to cool, bright to dark and polished to burnished. Here’s how to choose the best one for your kitchen.

Antique Brass*

Antique Brass Information

Pros: The Antique Brass look goes with a wide variety of styles. It’s not as jarring as polished brass, but you can pair brighter oxidized brass with antique when picking out cabinet or armoire hinges. You’ll still get a matching look. Antique Brass is also very durable, because it’s crafted from strong materials like pewter and lead crystal.

Style: Antique Brass is stylish and more sophisticated than polished brass. It is has a classic look that’s attractive to all types of tastes.

Where it’s best suited: This style works for pulls or knobs, and it goes best with lighter-colored cabinets, so the color will stick out.

What styles it works with: Antique Brass has an aged look that’s appealing for kitchens with a country or less-contemporary design.

Avoid: Getting too match-y between the cabinet color and hardware, which can cause the components to blend together.


Pros: Black is a strong color that won’t get lost in your kitchen. Black knobs and handles make a statement. They convey boldness and just a bit of sass. The color’s versatility means it can match a number of kitchen styles.

Style: Black handles, knobs and other kitchen cabinet accoutrements go with nearly anything. They have a clean look to them, and they’re subtle enough that they don’t draw attention from the cabinet itself.

Where it’s best suited: Black stands out against white or other light cabinetry. However, some people even prefer Black on dark wood or painted cabinets, seeing its simplicity as the perfect way to offset a bold cabinet color.

What styles it works with: Black cabinet hardware pairs well with contemporary or traditional designs.

Avoid: Getting Black hardware if you have very young children, as it is easy to see sticky finger marks.


Pros: With a deep gray color that’s reminiscent of stone, an Iron finish goes well with a wide variety of styles. The tone of the hardware sometimes appears black, depending what item you choose. Some people love these wide variances, finding them a charming way to hold visual interest throughout a kitchen.

Style: Iron works best in a more traditional kitchen. Unfortunately, it’s not bold enough for most contemporary designs.

Where it’s best suited: Iron sits nicely against cabinetry with a dark stain. It’s also ideal next to a glazed finish, with its rugged finish contrasting beautifully with the smooth. Our Iron pieces have foundations of solid brass, which helps them stand up to the harsh conditions in kitchens or bathrooms.

What styles it works with: Kitchens that have a classic feel can bump their design pedigree up a notch with Iron hardware. Iron finish will stay in style for years, even if you get the kitchen redone.

Avoid: Using abrasive cleaners with iron, which can strip the finish.

Old Antique*

Old antique hardware finishes give a distinctive look

Pros: Old Antique has a purely unique color that’s unlike any other finish. Your kitchen will get a more distinctive and individual look when you use old antique hardware finishes. The deep color becomes a draw in itself.

Style: Old Antique offers a way to pull elements from other areas of the room together. You can paint your crown molding or an entryway door the same color to unify the room.

Where it’s best suited: The finish looks best on knobs in lighter-colored kitchens. The Old Antique look will remain in style for years, so there’s no cause to worry about having to replace your hardware.

What styles it works with: Less-contemporary designs generally look best with old antique.

Avoid: Abrasive cleaners that can strip the metal of its finish. Instead, use warm water and soap.

Old Copper*

Pros: Old Copper has a singular finish unlike anything else in our Signature Line. If you want something no one else will have, Old Copper is a special find. It has an antique feel that’s reminiscent of copper pots that were once staples in every kitchen and now are used for decoration.

Style: The words “funky” and “unique” come to mind when describing Old Copper. People who like to stand out will love this finish. The color has a bit of sass you may not usually associate with kitchen cabinets.

Where it’s best suited: Copper’s unique red tone works great on handles for kitchen cabinetry, because most other finishes are dark. If you have a copper island or taps and faucets, this finish will bring the room together.

What styles it works with: Another very versatile hardware finish, Old Copper looks at home with both contemporary and classic designs.

Avoid: Watermarks and tarnishing by frequently wiping down your Old Copper hardware.

Polished Brass

Pros: Bright and cheerful, this finish adds a spark to any kitchen. It’s a pretty shade that goes with both dark and light cabinetry. For those who prefer vibrant tones to muted ones, Polished Brass has just the right look.

Style: Brass is brash. With a color that’s similar to gold, Polished Brass will stand out on every surface. It’s trendy, too. There’s been a recent surge in interest in polished brass kitchen hardware.

Where it’s best suited: Kitchens with bright colors, such as painted or stained cabinets, can get a wonderful contrast and pop from Polished Brass hardware finishes.

What styles it works with: Polished brass provides a shiny focal point for country-style kitchens or those designed with a rustic flair.

Avoid: Trying too hard to match colors with polished brass. It’s okay if other metals creep into your kitchen design as well, such as stainless steel appliances or copper cookware.

Polished Chrome

Polished Chrome helps any kitchen shine

Pros: Like polished brass, Polished Chrome is brassy, bright and helps any kitchen shine. Kitchens often have chrome faucets, hinges and more. Adding chrome hardware finishes gives the room a uniform look. Polished chrome also nicely contrasts with other metals used around the room.

Style: Polished Chrome has a modern look, but it’s also conservative. You will find chrome in many kitchens, because it’s such a safe pick. It goes with nearly any cabinet surface.

Where it’s best suited: For knobs and handles in the kitchen, many people consider brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze before settling on Polished Chrome. Why? Because it’s so sleek and clean. Any room with polished chrome instantly looks sleeker.

What styles it works with: Modern, contemporary homes tend to favor Polished Chrome.

Avoid: Watermarks by wiping down surfaces frequently.

Polished Nickel

Pros: Nickel is among the most durable of metals. It doesn’t weather or rust, making it a popular choice for cabinet hardware finishes. You can trust it will not need to be touched up as frequently as other metals.

Style: The glossy shine of Polished Nickel offsets nicely against nearly any color but especially darker ones. Compared to Chrome and Brass, Polished Nickel has an understated color, making it ideal for a kitchen where you want the hardware to blend rather than command attention.

Where it’s best suited: Polished Nickel fits into the scheme of kitchens with many other stylistic details, such as chandeliers or glass-door cabinets, because it is more understated.

What styles it works with: There’s almost no style that doesn’t work with Polished Nickel. It’s the chameleon of cabinet hardware finishes.

Avoid: Placing it near stainless steel, as the two surfaces can clash.

Silver Satin

Pros: Slightly more understated than Polished Chrome, Silver Satin complements almost every color of cabinetry. It’s a little softer than polished nickel, too. Not all metal tones look good near stainless steel, but Silver Satin does.

Style: If you like the look of chrome but find it too shiny, Silver Satin may be your answer.

Where it’s best suited: The metal contrasts beautifully against cherry cabinetry, a popular combination among many of our customers. This choice is also far more durable than most other metals. If you have young children, Silver Satin is among the best finishes to use, resisting fingerprints and sticky hands.

What styles it works with: Silver Satin works well in utilitarian kitchens that still want some style. You generally won’t find it in a gourmet kitchen, though it’s very reliable.

Avoid: Placing Silver Satin next to Brushed Nickel, since they’re nearly but not quite the same tone.

Venetian Bronze*

Pros: Venetian Bronze blends well with dark drawers, if you prefer to avoid color contrasts. It’s darker than many of our other finishes but it also reflects light better than Old Antique.

Style: Venetian Bronze is often confused with oil-rubbed bronze. The former has a lighter color and a less-oily feel, with a matte finish.

Where it’s best suited: The distinctive finish of our Venetian Bronze deeply offsets light colors, if you are looking for knobs decorative knobs.

What styles it works with: Venetian Bronze blends well in kitchens with a classic, rustic or country style.

Avoid: Panicking if the hardware oxidizes. This naturally occurs over time, and will only change the color slightly.

Rustic Hardware Finishes

Our rustic hardware finishes give traditional metals such as iron and bronze an aged look. The result is hardware that looks as though it’s been around for decades, but functions as though it’s brand new. You can use rustic hardware in kitchens that have both classic and rustic looks, for a fun twist on traditional hardware.

Antique Iron*

Antique Iron Finish interesting imperfections

Pros: The imperfections in this gorgeous finish make it extremely interesting to look at. Strong and sturdy, Antique Iron can give you a great alternative to Polished Chrome or Stainless Steel to soften the look of your kitchen.

Style: Antique Iron has a sophisticated, entirely unique look.

Where it’s best suited: You should use Antique Iron when you’re not sure if you want light or dark hardware. It can take on the appearance of both, depending on the lighting.

What styles it works with: Antique iron looks at home in rustic or country kitchens, though we also know people who use it with contemporary kitchens to great effect.

Avoid: Mixing it up with wrought iron — those are two completely different finishes.

Antique Silver*

Pros: Antique Silver has a beautiful “aging” pattern that sets it apart from traditional silver. Replacing chrome hardware with Antique Silver represents a definite step up. Along with Antique Iron and Bronze, Antique Silver has been blended, rather than plated, in an effort to increase durability.

Style: Antique Silver is a shabby chic style. When you want to give a bit more sophistication to an older kitchen or drab décor, you can’t go wrong with Antique Silver.

Where it’s best suited: Use Antique Silver in situations where you may have had chrome to begin with, such as hinges or handles on darker cabinets. It looks especially good next to dark cabinets.

What styles it works with: Like everything in our Rustic Hardware collection, Antique Silver fits best in a classic or country kitchen, with traditional decorating touches all over the room.

Avoid: If you do not like bright gray, which is what this color equates to.


Pros: The hardware will stand out well against a light stain. It’s quite dark, and the natural imperfections in our Rustic Hardware series add visual interest. Bronze is also quite strong.

Style: Bronze looks natural in any area where you’d consider using copper. It lacks copper’s reddish glare, which is appealing to many people.

Where it’s best suited: You can replace all your hardware with Bronze for a bold look, or just use it as an accent color on hinges or a few handles.

What styles it works with: Bronze pairs best with classic, rustic, farmhouse and other traditional styles.

Avoid: Trying to match new Bronze pieces to existing ones. It can be hard to get them to line up.

Rustic Antique*

Pros: This stunning finish is a blend of brass and zinc. No two Rustic Antique pieces are the same, because the materials mesh differently every time they’re combined. The results are visually quite impressive.

Style: Rustic Antique is less conservative than our other Rustic finishes. It’s a good choice for those whose personal style is more daring.

Where it’s best suited: Use Rustic Antique in situations where you want to make a statement. It will always stand out, so skip it if you need something muted.

What styles it works with: You can use Rustic Antique with rustic or classic styles, of course, but it can also work with contemporary because of its snazzy coloring.

Avoid: Abrasive cleaners that can ruin its finish.

Additional Hardware Finishes

Beyond our Signature Line and Rustic Hardware finishes, we also offer four other options.

Stainless Steel

Pros: Stainless Steel offers a clean and sharp look to your cabinetry. It’s extremely durable, and in fact, is among the strongest pieces we offer.

Style: Among the many kitchen cabinet hardware colors, Stainless Steel has one of the sharpest colors. It goes with nearly everything.

Where it’s best suited: In kitchens with dark colors, Stainless Steel hardware stands out. It is practical and familiar to most people. You can use it for handles, hinges or accent knobs.

What styles it works with: Stainless Steel goes best with contemporary and modern design.

Avoid: Getting too match-y in kitchens with Stainless Steel appliances.

Nickel Chrome

Pros: Nickel Chrome has a matte-style finish that looks good against any sort of cabinet stain. It’s much darker than Polished Nickel but has its same durability.

Style: Nickel Chrome is more muted than most of our additional finishes.

Where it’s best suited: It works best in contrast to soft colors, helping your hardware to stand out.

What styles it works with: Rustic and classic kitchens will benefit from the addition of Nickel Chrome hardware finishes, because they’re dark and sophisticated, a winning combination.

Avoid: Aggressive scrubbing of the surface, which can strip the color.

Old Silver*

Pros: This utterly unmatched tone is made from solid brass, making it both attractive and durable. You won’t find any other finish like it.

Style: Old Silver looks almost like it’s been scuffed, giving it an antique feel. It has character and adds visual interest to any cabinetry.

Where it’s best suited: Old Silver makes an excellent handle on a cabinet where you store antique pieces or as knobs on a buffet with your treasured china.

What styles it works with: Old Silver works well in any style kitchen. Though it’s perhaps best-suited to rustic looks, it can also give a modern kitchen a fun, kitschy vibe.

Avoid: Trying to match Old Silver to other finishes, since it’s so unique.

Satin Brass

Pros: Satin Brass has a lighter tint than many of our other finishes, and is a strong material that will stand the test of time.

Style: Satin Brass is bright and shiny, giving it a cheerful coloring.

Where it’s best suited: On dark kitchen cabinetry and islands, where it stands out beautifully.

What styles it works with: Satin Brass goes better with a modern look than a rustic one.

Avoid: Trying to match similarly colored brass accessories, which aren’t really needed.

Find the Best Cabinet Hardware for Your Home Today

Which cabinet hardware would look best in your home? Armed with these ideas, you can start figuring out what type of style you’d like to add. Contact us today if you want additional assistance on pricing or to answer any questions about our hardware finishes.