I have been wanting to write this post for a while. I get asked this question a lot, so here is my take on which hardware you should choose for your white kitchen:
I would only recommend black if you have black countertops (above).
Personally, I would not want the hardware in my kitchen to be the first thing I notice when I walk in. If you love yours and want them to be visually more important than anything else? Go for it.
Use brown with brown countertops. These don’t stick out visually as much as the black ones do but there are less of them here.
Chrome became the finish of choice in one job a few years ago when I was specifying faucets and pulls for a builder, and it was always the one in stock and the least expensive.
I prefer chrome over brushed nickel because they look the most like jewelry for the kitchen. Obviously this will not work for every kitchen though. If your kitchen is more cottage or countrified (for example) chrome might be too blingy looking.
I think this category is safe. Not to shiny, not too dark, goes with all your stainless appliances. Can’t go wrong really.
I like the way brass warms up a white kitchen. It’s trendy but if you keep it on your hardware and lighting, those are easier to change when you want to freshen up your kitchen 10-15 year later.
Make sure you choose a combination of pulls and knobs, knobs for the doors and pulls for the drawers. If you have some skinny drawers at the top, install two knobs instead of a pull which sometimes looks too tight depending on which one you use. Check out my pinterest boards for pulls and knobs I like.
It’s basic advice, but I think so many of us agonize over every little detail and I hope this helps you with yours!
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