2021 Cabinet Hardware Trends and Where to Shop

Jan 22, 2021

2021 Cabinet Hardware Trends and Where to Shop

Jan 22, 2021

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As I researched 2021 kitchen trends for this blog post, I also focused on cabinet hardware. Modern, streamlined hardware styles are still going strong and appear to be sticking around. Here are current design trends in cabinet hardware, as well as a few roundups of what people are actually buying. It’s interesting to see where they overlap; homeowners aren’t exactly buying into the same trends as interior designers.

PLUS – I’ve got a list of WHERE TO SHOP for your new cabinet hardware. Keep reading to get the scoop!

Cabinet Hardware Trends in 2021

  1. Minimalist Style
  2. No Hardware
  3. Matching Cabinets
  4. Cylinder Bar Pulls
  5. Square Bar Pulls
  6. Simple Knobs
  7. Farmhouse Style
  8. Matte Black
  9. Brass

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Minimalist Style in Cabinet Hardware

The first three trends in cabinet hardware are all linked to minimalist design style. Actually, no hardware is the essence of minimalism, right? We are seeing more kitchens like this:

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Here’s the second trend, which is similar to “no hardware.” These cabinets have custom cutout pulls in the door and drawer designs.

Next, matching pulls to the cabinets are also popping up as a minimalist trend. Here are custom-made pulls that are painted to match.

Sleek Bar Pulls are a Top Trend

Minimalism has shaped cabinet hardware in recent years. Sleek, modern bar pulls in black and silver are the most popular sellers across the board for large hardware retailers. I’ll share those collections below. Cylinder bar pulls have been going strong for years now, and they are still the home flipper’s pull of choice (at least here in Denver). In fact, I bought them for my first cabinet makeover because they make a bolder statement than the 3-inch pulls we replaced (even using the same holes!).

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Square bar pulls are also very popular, especially in matte black. Fortunately, I have a ton of photos to illustrate this trend in our newly remodeled kitchen. Ha! First, here are two handles I compared before choosing this square pull on the left.

More Ideas: 6 Modern Black Cabinet Pulls

cabinet hardware comparison in matte black bar pulls
square bar pull | modern metro pull
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Simple Knobs

Knobs are a mixed bag, but the top sellers seem to be simple silver or black button styles. You can see from the retailer roundups below that the most popular knob styles vary, unlike the consistent bar pulls. Interesting. I’m a huge fan of these $7 black knobs from PB Teen. They have held up PERFECTLY. No flaking paint in sight!

March 2022 update: these matte black knobs are the absolute best. Still ZERO issues, even on high-use doors and they look the same as Day 1. (Is anyone else picky about mushroom knobs, like I am??) They are my top pick for cabinet hardware and I continue to reorder them time and again! I installed the same black knobs on my bathroom vanity and will add them to our laundry room cabinets.

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black knobs
modern black knobs

Modern Farmhouse Style

Thanks to Joanna Gaines, the modern farmhouse movement is still going strong. Bin pulls in a range of styles and finishes are popular from Rejuvenation to Amazon. Also, pulls and knobs with simple, classic styling fit in these kitchens, too. Here are a few examples.

Still Trending: Black and Brass Finishes

Matte black is very hot in kitchens of all styles, from minimal designs to modern farmhouses. However, brass is an interesting case study. Brass pulls and knobs have been trendy remodel picks for years with designers, but they seem to have trouble catching on with consumers. Perhaps this is due to folks like Wyatt, who want to leave brass in the 1980s. While I find it very pretty and would love to try a few brass fixtures, I accept his veto.

Unlacquered brass is having a moment, but it’s high maintenance unless you love the patina of aged metal. It looks great in this kitchen reno, from hardware to faucet to light fixtures.

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What About Silver Hardware?

Here’s the deal. Silver hardware is probably the most common finish you’ll see in kitchens and bathrooms. Satin/brushed nickel took the world by storm a few decades ago and it’s still very popular. That makes sense because it’s a lovely complement to wood cabinets and all colors of kitchens and bathrooms. That means satin nickel is classic and it’s here to stay.

If you want a silver finish other than brushed nickel, chrome or polished nickel are great choices. My mother-in-law chose these chrome square pulls for her kitchen and they look great on her cabinets:


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Those Are the Trends. What Are People Actually BUYING?

I thought it would be interesting to round up the top-selling cabinet hardware from major retailers and compare these items to the trends. Do they match? Nope! Here’s what I’ve discovered.

AMAZON

If you’re looking for affordable cabinet hardware in the most popular styles, Amazon is a go-to shop. In fact, I bought all of our black square bar pulls on Amazon, from a respected hardware company, in a variety of sizes. (I would be cautious about buying the cheapest brands because you might discover the finishes don’t last.) Here are Amazon’s best sellers, at the time I wrote this last week. Scroll to the right to see more.

Clear purchasing patterns, right? I’m so curious to know who is buying all those crystal knobs. Send me a photo!

REJUVENATION

Although Amazon is a solid choice for popular, affordable styles, you might want cabinet hardware with a bit more flair. In that case, I often turn to Rejuvenation for inspiration. While sometimes out of my price range, Rejuvenation hardware has such beautiful details; it’s a great starting point for ideas. These are the top sellers from left to right; scroll to see more.

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HOME DEPOT

I can’t forget the hardware store giants, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Not surprisingly, their best-sellers are similar to Amazon’s, since the price points are about the same. Here are the top sellers from Home Depot, in order from left to right:

LOWE’S

Last, here is a roundup from Lowe’s. It looks like Amazon’s and Lowe’s customers are a tad more adventurous and fashion-forward, based on the brushed brass options. I could only sort Lowe’s pulls and knobs as separate categories, so I’ve put the best sellers in each group together in one graphic.

cabinet hardware from lowe's

What Have We Learned?

Whatever your cabinet hardware pick, there are more options than ever, which can be exciting if you are into cabinet hardware. Here are some great online sources, if you want to venture beyond the big box stores.

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HIGH END

Buster + Punch
Restoration Hardware
Waterworks

MID-RANGE

Ballard Designs
CB2
Crate & Barrel
Etsy
Pottery Barn
Rejuvenation
Schoolhouse
Signature Hardware

MOST AFFORDABLE

Amazon
D. Lawless Hardware
Home Depot
IKEA
Knobs4Less
Lowe’s
My Knobs
Wayfair

UNIQUE, QUIRKY, and VINTAGE

Anthropologie
Chairish
Etsy
House of Antique Hardware
Inspire Hardware

More Kitchen Posts from List in Progress

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1 – 2021 Kitchen Trends to Consider
2 – Costs and Lessons Learned from Our DIY Kitchen Remodel
3 – The Best Paints for Kitchen Cabinets
4 – Choosing a Subway Tile Backsplash Layout


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Hi! I’m Erin, a Colorado-based home improvement blogger and lover of all things DIY. I aim to inspire creative folks to tackle home improvement with confidence and style. Read more here

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Tiffany
Tiffany
9 months ago

Hi! I recently painted my kitchen Frost white by Behr. I’m going for a modern look. My kitchen cabinets are an oak wood color. I wanted to paint them gray. I’ve already tried Behr’s Galactical Tint & Statesque. Both were too light. Any suggestions on a gray color from Behr? If this helps my counter top is a bone color w/swirls of a dark gray. Thanks for your blog, now I can get rid of my 1980s carpet on my basement stairs, lol.

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