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.

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Color me shocked

So I’ve stumbled on this website called Design-Seeds. A website “for all who love color”, the site derives a collection of bold and striking design color palettes from a series of gorgeous photographs. I must say that I am absolutely enamored with this page now. It’s seriously awesome. I was inspired to toss up some of their great photo palettes with some of our colored cabinet hardware because: A) the palettes are all gorgeous; and B) the hardware coordinates perfectly with them!

Artichoke Tones

This palette, inspired by a photograph of a purple artichoke, combines shades of lavender and mauve with a deep olive-green to create a unique color combination. This happens to gel perfectly with Cliffside’s amethyst crystal cabinet knobs, the most famous of which is featured prominently on the cover of our 25th anniversary ‘Fine Hardware Collections’ catalog. See for yourself!

Artichoke Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Artichoke Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Cliffside's M995 crystal knob in Amethyst with a Polished Chrome base
Cliffside's M995 crystal knob in Amethyst with a Polished Chrome base

Decadent Tones

Now, keep in mind that the hardware I’m showing here is one of Cliffside’s Arizona series stone knobs. These knobs vary widely in size and shape, and they definitely do NOT all look like this particular piece. But this color palette, drawn from a photograph of a simply delicious-looking beverage, reminded me almost instantly of the coppery tones of the rust-colored base and the swirls of orange and brown running lazily through the surface of the stone.

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Decadent Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
The Arizona series stone knobs (large size) with a rust base (all knobs will vary in color, size, and shape)
The Arizona series stone knobs (large size) with a rust base (all knobs will vary in color, size, and shape)

Vineyard Tones

I’ll be honest: I’ve never been to a vineyard. I like wine, but I’ve never been to a place where wine is made. This picture, however, makes me reconsider how high on my priority list getting to one will be. The contrast in colors is stunning, with vibrant green contrasting with light and dark browns. Cliffside’s Old Antique finish, one of two oil-rubbed bronze colors that we offer, is a near-perfect match for the brown posts that create focal points in this otherwise light and misty photograph, and it’s truly a rich combination of hues.

Vineyard Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Vineyard Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Cliffside's IBCL ice-box style cabinet latch in Old Antique
Cliffside's IBCL ice-box style cabinet latch in Old Antique

Dairy Tones

Truly, an absolutely breathtaking combination of colors from a picture that, at first glance, looks almost painstakingly neutral. For being able to find colors in the most minute and hidden of places, I am terribly jealous of designers who do this with ease. The yellowing beige color in this palette is a near-perfect likeness of a lot of Cliffside’s beige marble knobs crafted in Italy from the Perlato Sicilia species. The texture of the marble also looks somewhat like the texture in the photograph, which drew me to make this match.

Dairy Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Dairy Tones (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
The PM5 marble cabinet knob in Perlato Sicilia beige
The PM5 marble cabinet knob in Perlato Sicilia beige

Santorini View

I love the Mediterranean. I’ve been to Italy. A lot of our hardware, like the marble knob above and our line of solid brass cabinet hinges, comes from Italy. But I haven’t yet gotten to Greece, and this photo of Santorini, Greece, makes me disappointed in myself for that. I mean, who wouldn’t love a view like that? Better yet, who wouldn’t love a blue like that!? The colors are absolutely incredible, and I can just imagine a kitchen full of cabinets with an ocean view – cabinets painted the pale color of fresh off-white sand and decorated with blue crystal hardware. Astounding. Just simply over the top. Wow.

Santorini View (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Santorini View (photo courtesy of design-seeds.com)
Cliffside's M995 crystal knob, again, in blue with a Silver Satin base finish
Cliffside's M995 crystal knob, again, in blue with a Silver Satin base finish

Inspiration

I have to thank Jessica at Design-Seeds for providing me for all of these wonderful color inspirations. A shout to our dealer NuKitchens of Norwalk, Connecticut: it was on their blog that I first saw palettes from Design-Seeds. And finally, I decided to make a couple palettes of my own. Maybe someone will see these and we’ll end up making someone’s kitchen or bathroom colors from right here on our blog. Just remember: you can get the hardware for the cabinets from Cliffside Industries. Enjoy!

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For more information about the variety of finishes Cliffside Industries has to offer, you can visit our finish information page or our color guide.

A Cliffside carol

M30 colored crystals, re-purposed as glittering Christmas decorations...?
M30 colored crystals, re-purposed as glittering Christmas decorations...?

A jaunty Christmas tune, in celebration of the holiday season!

This year’s “Fa-la-la-la-blog” is sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells”

Verse I

We went to find some knobs
For cab’nets we had bought
We scoured and searched the stores
But found not what we sought

Then on the Internet
We found the Cliffside site
The solid brass was everywhere,
And crystals gleamed so bright!

Chorus

Oh! Cliffside knobs, hinges, pulls,
Latches for your home,
The finest hardware in the land
And anywhere you roam!

Cliffside knobs, hinges, pulls,
Latches for your home
The finest hardware in the land
And anywhere you roam!

Verse II

We bought a brand-new fridge
And paneled it with pine,
Next to our cabinets,
The workmanship was fine

But opening the doors
Became a problem ’til
The appliance handle from Cliffside
Made our new fridge a thrill!

Chorus

Oh! Cliffside knobshingespulls,
Latches for your home,
The finest hardware in the land
And anywhere you roam!

Cliffside knobs, hinges, pulls,
Latches for your home
The finest hardware in the land
And anywhere you roam!

Verse III

We chose a hardware suite
Sedona? Stainless steel?”
So many choices there
We couldn’t choose our feel

But then we hit the mark
The perfect kitchen look
The Classic Suite on doors and drawers
And Rope in the breakfast nook!

Chorus

Oh! Cliffside knobshingespulls,
Latches for your home,
The finest hardware in the land
And anywhere you roam!

Cliffside knobs, hinges, pulls,
Latches for your home
The finest hardware in the land
And anywhere you roam!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours from the entire Cliffside Family!

New product introduction: SP-5

Cliffside's four SP scroll pulls in Silver Satin
Cliffside's four SP scroll pulls in Silver Satin

The final new 5″cc solid brass cabinet pull to be introduced is the SP-5. With its decorative scroll design, the SP-5, shown at right with the other Scroll Suite pulls in Silver Satin, adds a traditional touch to any cabinet. The most versatile Cliffside collection, the Scroll Suite contains several of our top-ten selling items and can coordinate with any cabinet style, as it is available in 10 distinctive finishes.

Because the scroll pull is now available in four sizes, you have the ability to coordinate the hardware throughout an entire room, an entire floor, or an entire home. The 3″cc SP-3, part of Cliffside’s line for many years, can be used on small cabinet drawers or on custom furniture where an elegant and graceful look is desired. For kitchen cabinets, especially those that are ceiling-height, or wide drawer fronts, the new SP-5 is an ideal fit. For tall pantry doors, small appliances like dishwashers, and pull-0ut freezer drawers, the SP-8 fits your design requirements, while the SP-12 appliance handle is a perfect size for large refrigerators pulls with panel kits.

As we approach the holidays, Cliffside Industries is very thankful for the addition of our new 5″cc pulls in all five styles; they are now in stock and available to ship in all 10 of our signature finishes. For more information, contact our customer service department or visit our website to purchase today!