Researching cabinet hardware trends for your next kitchen update? Get the scoop on what’s trending right now and where to find the best hardware for your budget.
Last January, I wrote this blog post predicting 2021 cabinet hardware trends. It blew up and remains the most popular post I wrote last year. Wow! I’ve revamped the content and am sharing a newly updated collection for 2022 right here! Plus, I’ve included a few mistakes to avoid when you’re installing new cabinet hardware.
2022 Cabinet Hardware Trends and Topics
8 Cabinet Hardware Trends
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8 Cabinet Hardware Trends for 2022
1. Sleek Modern Pulls
Slim and sleek pulls are still the most popular cabinet hardware style. Modern bar pulls, whether tubular or square are top sellers, and for good reason. They look great on most cabinets, come in many finishes, and are a flexible design choice. I’ll break down some of the specific color trends in the next few sections, but overall, sleek pulls are the #1 trend right now – no matter the color.
If you want to buy in bulk, check out these tubular bar pulls or these square pulls from Liberty at Home Depot. They are available in black, bronze, silver, various center-to-center sizes, and multi-packs. Both options are high-quality and affordable.
Amerock is another solid pick in the hardware industry. If you want to hop on cabinet hardware trends with t-bar pulls, here’s a great option. This link will take you to 5 color choices, including this classy polished nickel!
This bronze pull from Top Knobs is so beautiful and has me itching to revamp a kitchen:
If you’re willing to splurge a bit, check out this bronze pull. Wouldn’t this be cool in a kitchen with a mid-century vibe?
To roundup the collection, here are a few sleek designs, and most come in a range of colors/metals:
Hot Tip: Read Amazon Reviews
Here’s a sample of good options for cheaper sleek and modern handles from Amazon. Most of these come in other finishes and multi-pack options, so click through if you want more choices.
For those who prefer to scroll my roundups, here you go! Click on these links to see the selection of colors, sizes, and multi-pack options at Amazon. These got good reviews at the time I published this post:
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2. Satin or Matte Black
Black is still the hottest color trend for 2022. Black hardware will update your cabinets in an instant, whether you love knobs, pulls, or a blend. Satin and matte black are the most common choices for a modern black look, especially on light-colored cabinets. As you know, I’m a huge fan.
By the way, these matte black knobs are the absolute best. No flaking paint, chips, or other issues and they are comfortable to use. (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.
3. Brass: Brushed or Polished
Warm tones are still on the rise in cabinet hardware metals. Satin brass and champagne bronze have a similar tone and the softer brass finish helps kitchens feel cozy and inviting. Polished brass can look sharp, too, and unlacquered brass is having a moment (for those who appreciate a rich patina – and maintenance). Brass looks lovely against crisp whites, taupe, black, and earthy blues/greens, if you plan to paint your cabinets.
You’ll find brass hardware everywhere, but don’t skip Etsy! Really, it’s a treasure trove of design options in brass; here are just a few ideas. Etsy has great options in black too!
4. Copper Hardware
Copper is popping up as a cabinet hardware trend, and I am here for it! Real copper is an investment, so you might save it for a kitchen island or a featured element somewhere in the room. Check out these beautiful pulls from ProperCopperDesign at Etsy.
You can also find plenty of affordable copper-toned knobs and pulls from other retailers (not actually copper – read the fine print for metal details). Copper looks great in farmhouse-style or traditional kitchens.
5. Elongated Pulls
Elongated pulls are going strong as we hit 2022. We’re talking much longer bar pulls here, at least 8 inches like these, or the copper pulls, above. Here’s an example.
These are gorgeous edge pulls, and they cover both the elongated and minimalist design elements.
If you want to update your current handles and the existing holes are close together, aim for this look with bar pulls that extend past the mounting holes. That’s actually what I did with our original 1980’s kitchen; I painted the cabinets and then bought chrome bar pulls that would fit 3-inch centers but look longer.
6. Adjustable Hardware
Here’s a new-to-me advance in hardware design: adjustable pulls! The handles have adjustable center-to-center locations to fit pre-existing holes. This is such a brilliant design idea that I think we’ll see more of it in the future.
Here is what they look like on cabinets in this stock photo:
7. No Hardware
You can always stick with the minimalist look and opt for no hardware. This looks great with sleek lines on modern cabinets. Here’s a beautiful kitchen with two “no hardware” options: cutout handles in lower cabinets and flat-panel upper doors. If your doors overlap the cabinet boxes enough, you could also install invisible push latches like these. Check out more photos of this gorgeous kitchen here.
8. Style Statement – Do Your Own Thing
Like to chart your own course? Do it. Being unique is always in style. Beautiful hardware options abound, so why not choose what you love?
If you’re into the color-saturated, maximalist vibe that’s making a comeback, then go for it with statement pulls or knobs. Add a backplate for a bespoke look. Anthropologie is a great resource and here are some fun ideas from Etsy:
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3 Cabinet Hardware Tips + Resources
1. How to Mix Metals
Mix the metal finishes to add depth to your kitchen design. The faucet doesn’t need to match your light fixtures, but all cabinet hardware should usually have the same finish. Also, if you mix two metal finishes, make sure each is repeated within the space. Aim for 3+ items in a particular metal to coordinate the look.
Here’s a great example. This kitchen has both black and chrome finishes and they are echoed throughout the room. The black faucet ties in with the drawer edge pulls and black fireplace. The chrome light fixture coordinates with the stainless appliances and shelves, as well as similar lights over the other peninsula (second photo below).
2. Combining Knobs and Pulls
You can certainly mix knobs and pulls on your cabinetry, but keep the finish and style consistent. This is a personal preference, but I think a mix of different hardware adds visual interest to a larger kitchen. Here’s how we mixed pulls and knobs in our last kitchen. Read more about our DIY kitchen remodel here. Here’s a progress shot:
Some designs follow the rule of pulls on the lower cabinets and knobs on the uppers. I’m intrigued by the choice to put little knobs on the tall cabinet on the left side of this kitchen, below. It’s very pretty, but I wonder how it feels, in real life, to open those doors with tiny knobs?
Even if you prefer all pulls, using smaller and larger versions of the same handle will add dimension. Look for the different pulls and t-bar knobs (and mixed metals!) below in Sarah’s kitchen.
3. Cabinet Hardware Placement
Cabinet hardware placement can also update the look of your kitchen. Here’s a great overview of size and placement guidelines for cabinet hardware, whether you choose the traditional or modern locations.
Watch Out for These 4 Cabinet Hardware Mistakes
1. Distracting Black Hardware
One note about black hardware, and this is my personal opinion. Any fancy styling or design detail will be more noticeable in a kitchen filled with black pulls or knobs, because black hardware visually pops. You might want to choose a simple design so little frills or features aren’t distracting when you look at the whole kitchen.
Here’s an example. These knobs are quite large for the cabinet size. They really stand out in matte black. The sleek finger pull handles are lovely, but the knobs dominate the visual here. What do you think?
Now perhaps you love a visual pop. In that case, ignore my critique! This pull looks great on a few cabinets. I would hesitate before installing them kitchen-wide in a large space, but in a small kitchen, they could look really cute.
2. Hard to Clean Handles
Watch out for knobs and pulls with little crevices. Unless you like cleaning out details with a toothbrush, you might regret choices that will collect grime. It’s inevitable, even in the cleanest kitchen, so it might be worth choosing hardware that’s easy to wipe clean.
3. Poor Usage Design
How will you use your cabinet hardware? Polished brass or nickel latches are very cute, but will you mind opening a latch each time you reach for a drinking glass? Perhaps those are best installed on the cabinets where you keep holiday serving dishes and other seldom-used items. Here’s a great example of cabinet latches on a built-in dining room hutch.
4. Cheap Brands + Knock-offs
I mentioned this at the top, but it’s worth underlining: use caution before buying the cheapest hardware from Amazon. The star ratings can be misleading, so always read the reviews. Goldenwarm and Amazon Basics appear to be among the best options from Amazon.
Decent cabinet hardware is an investment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s worth paying a few bucks more for a decent product, and you can find plenty of budget choices from reputable lines. Liberty, Top Knobs, Richelieu, and Amerock make affordable, quality hardware that is widely available at retailers.
Where to Shop for Cabinet Hardware
Are you ready to shop? Here are some great sources for beautiful cabinet hardware, grouped by budget. What’s your favorite source? Let me know!
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Good luck with your next project!