Although it's not essential, you can bring continuity to your home by designing the interior in the same theme as its exterior architectural style.
Use the home and kitchen styles guide to identify the architectural style that most closely resembles that of your own home.
Under each category, you'll find a description of the style's general characteristics and recommendations for what kinds of kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, and architectural details would best complement it.
You can also peruse the different styles and recommendations to get a general feel for which you prefer. You may end up selecting a style that differs from your home's architecture yet still captures what you had in mind for your dream kitchen.
Pulls and knobs, also known as decorative hardware, come in tens of thousands of options. (Door hinges and drawer glides also fall into the hardware category, but most often they are functional rather than decorative-and certainly not optional.)
Start by considering which of the main types of cabinet hardware you like most: knobs or pulls. Knobs can be any shape, but attach to the cabinet with one screw. Pulls use two.
There's no secret formula for deciding what's right for you. Many kitchens use both knobs and pulls: one type for the doors and another for the drawers. Just be sure to choose knobs and pulls from the same collection or with complementary stylings to maintain continuity.
Knobs offer a few benefits: With a pull, oils and digging fingernails are more likely to affect the cabinet finish. Also, if you decide to change your cabinet hardware, a knob's one-point suspension is easier to replace. Pulls vary in length, so you have to consider distance between the two holes.
If you'd rather go minimalist and avoid hardware, you can. Select a touch-and-release style or doors that hang slightly below the cabinet so you just pull on the lower edge to open them.
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