If you’d like to add a decorative flair to your kitchen, choosing glass fronts or ornamental hardware for your cabinets can give you the look you desire without breaking your budget. There are many options when it comes to enhancing your cabinets. Keep reading to discover which options might be right for your kitchen.  

Glass Fronts

Adding glass to the front of your cabinets allows you to display your plates, bowls, mugs or other dishware while augmenting the beauty of your cabinets. It’s a great way to lighten up your kitchen and give the space a brighter look and feel. Glass can be used as a decorative highlight on just a few of your cabinet doors, or can be integrated throughout the whole room. Here are a few types of decorative glass to consider:

Mullion Glass 

Mullions are moldings or frames that divide a cabinet door opening. Typically, they are used as a decorative accent over a single pane of glass, though they can also hold several individual panes of glass. Mullions come in a huge variety of patterns, so you can choose a mullion pattern to go with your frame cabinet door. This is a great way to enhance any cabinet and combine both functionality and style. 

Leaded Glass

Leaded glass is a great way to enhance the look of a cabinet that’s a focal point in your kitchen. This is more decorative than plain cabinet glass. Certain styles of kitchen, like Craftsman style, often use leaded glass to help achieve a certain style. Leaded glass is similar to stained glass, except it lacks the different colors that stained glass has.

Textured Glass

There are lots of different kinds of textured glass, including pebbled, floral, fluted, and ribbed, and each of these kinds have a different look, meaning that they can be used in a wide variety of spaces. Textured glass gives a feel similar to frosted glass, giving a slightly blurred visual effect. Opacity depends on what texture you choose.

Custom Glass

Custom glasswork can add unique designs and other detail not listed in the options above. Glass can act as a stunning and individual piece of art. 

When considering glass fronts for your cabinets, think first about your storage needs. Which items will you place on display in those cabinets? If you only have a few items that you don’t mind being on display, think of glass fronts as an accent piece as opposed to integrating it throughout your whole kitchen. Glass is a great way to add some character and break up monotony, especially if you’re using a lot of the same color in your cabinetry and appliances.

Cabinet Hardware

The right kind of hardware for your cabinets can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. It’s easy to get excited about picking out appliances and countertop materials, but oftentimes, choosing hardware doesn’t seem important or gets put off as an afterthought. But in reality, the right hardware is another chance to show off the unique aesthetic of your home. Here are some tips about how to choose the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets.

Hardware Type

The two most common types of hardware for cabinets are pulls and knobs. When considering what type of hardware to use for your cabinets, think about what type of cabinet you’re working with. Drawers can have knobs or pulls, while cabinets typically have knobs. Cabinet knobs are placed in the upper corner for base cabinets, and in the lower corner for wall cabinets. On drawers, pulls are usually centered, and drawers can include either one or two pulls, while some people prefer knobs on their drawers. You can use a mix knobs and pulls throughout your kitchen to create visual interest. 

Hardware Shape

The shape of your hardware can go a long way towards defining your kitchen’s style. Designs can range from simple to intricate, but it’s a good idea to always stay within the style you’ve already defined for your kitchen. The style of hardware you choose can also be integrated with the overall style of your cabinets. For example, in Shaker-style cabinets can be complemented by cup pulls on drawers, while slender, sleek pulls are a great look for modern kitchens. Functionally, larger cabinets need larger pulls or knobs 

Hardware Materials

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware comes in many different materials, including bronze, brass, pewter or nickel. The material you choose for your hardware should depend on several factors. First, think about the other metals used in your kitchen. If you have stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel sink, and a stainless steel faucet, bronze cabinet knobs would stick out like a sore thumb. Though mixing metal finishes throughout different elements of your kitchen is trendy, be sure they actually fit together and don’t clash.

While mixing and matching the shape of your hardware is fine, try to avoid combining different materials on your hardware. Next, consider the finish of your cabinets. Your hardware should complement your cabinets. With white cabinets, nearly any material will work, but darker colors are not so forgiving. If you’re looking for even more flair, you can choose glass or crystal knobs. 

Finishes

Once you’ve decided on the material, shape, and type of your hardware, choosing the right finish is easier. There are many different finishes, including tarnished, oil rubbed, antique, matte, brushed, polished or burnished. Polished hardware will look great in a modern kitchen, while more traditional style kitchens may benefit from a burnished or antique look. Whatever finish you end up choosing, make sure it works to complement the overall decor of your kitchen.

When making a final choice about your hardware, try to get some samples to bring home. Hold it up against your cabinetry to see how it looks, and feel the knobs or pulls in your hand. Are they comfortable to use? Are they the right size and shape? Do they tie your kitchen together?

Learn More About Glass Fronts and Hardware

If you’re having trouble deciding about the more decorative aspects of your kitchen remodel, contact us. Pro.com’s team of experts can help you pick out hardware that meets your needs while maintaining your unique style. 

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