Vancouver Interior Designer: Which Pulls/Knobs Should You Choose for Your White Cabinets?

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.

Oil-rubbed Bronze


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.

Brushed/Satin Nickel


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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  1. Hi Maria,
    Love your blog! Do you happen to know the creamy cabinet paint color in the kitchen pic, (3rd pic down)?

  2. I used glass nobs,I love the look with my white cupboards,it seems everyone has the same silver or black nobs,I can’t wait to see your finale product here,

  3. I am in need of some advice…I am having my cabinets painted Cream with a brown glaze and a dark brown quartz countertops. The hinges won’t match that I have and I need to get new hinges. I now have copper knobs that I replaced a few years ago, but can’t get copper hinges to match, so am thinking of starting all over again. Would oil rubbed bronze hinges work with my cream cabinets and copper knobs. I have a black refrigerator and black stove and microwave, but also have some Stainless in the kitchen. Would the satin nickle work better. I am needing help on this…

    • special order the hinges. Color of the hinges could be matched with the knobs/pulls. A little pricey; but worth it. I remodel my kitchen right now. White, with nature wood showing around the corner of the the cabinet doors for effect and to add more dimension. I want to show hinges, but could not find a good looking hinges that would fit our original cabinet doors. My attitude is that, if you show hinges, make sure the hinges are spectacular. I could not find ready make hinges that are worth showing. So I found a company that make European hinges that have so many styles and options. Since the hinge colors are customize , they agree to match the color to my new top knobs handles. I agree that the dark handles and hinges on the first pictures is a little much. I think that is because there is wall to wall cabinets. I do have dark hinges and handles; but I do not have wall to wall of cabinets and my kitchen have more space. Hopefully, the dark hinges and handles will not be too overwhelming.

  4. I had the brass knobs for my white cabinets and even door knobs. For the kitchen cabinets I have satin nickel pulls for all my cabinets. For the doors though, I need to replace the hinges and knobs to an a satin nickel finish, which would match my pendant lights over the island and the chandelier over the table.

  5. Oh…I need some advice! I have antique white cabinets with grey/brown quartz countertops. I am picking oil-rubbed bronze handles, but I need to know if there is a general rule when placing the type of knob. Knobs on upper or straight handles? I like knobs, handles and the semi-circle pulls but I am not sure what goes where. (P.S. I LOVE your site. I screamed victory when I finally convinced hubby that we do NOT NEED accent tile in our backsplash with one of your posts)

  6. I am in love with the first kitchen but more importantly the lights! Where can I find those black pendant lights??

  7. We are renovating a beach house kitchen and are going with white cabinets and a verde butterfly granite. Stainless appliances…yellow walls… Am debating on satin nickel and glass knobs. I want the kitchen to be fun and happy (thus the yellow walls), but don’t know what kind of pulls to coordinate with them. If I do glass knobs, can I use satin nickel pulls? (I don’t like the glass pulls)>>>Thanks for any advise!

  8. The kitchen with the black hardware and the one with the brass were ahead of their time in 2011, that look is very chic and hip now. Mixing metals is cool, and so is non-shiny brass and black.

  9. We have medium dark oak kitchen cabinets with brass handles. I want to change the handles. I got bronze colored ones but they seem to just sit there. Got another handle in black with more substance….not sure now which way to go.

  10. I’ve been reading your blog for the past three days and I’m loving it. So inspiring! I’m right in the middle of a total renovation/addition and have been making all the decisions myself…so far! It might be time for a colour consultation!!!!! I’ve fallen in love with the richness of polished nickel for my kitchen hardware, faucets, bath fixtures, hinges and door handles throughout the house. I haven’t read any comments on this metal finish and would love to hear any thoughts on it. I’m doing an all white kitchen with the hopes of finding a medium gray wide plank oak hardwood floor. (Not so easy to find) Also, simple crystal chandeliers will be in almost every room as I love the sparkle!

    • I would go with medium brown which would be more classic than a floor that says “I was installed in the grey trend”. Nothing wrong with polished nickel it just doesn’t look that different from satin which might be why there isn’t a big conversation out there about it. Maria

      • Thanks for your advice Maria! I’ll be going out to look for a medium brown hardwood now and maybe it will even have a little grey undertone to it as I love decorating with black, white and grey. As for the polished nickel fixtures, I’ve been researching all day along with reading your blogs and apparently it requires daily cleaning to keep it from permanently staining with water spots as apposed to polished chrome. So maybe there is my answer!

  11. So much great info on your blog! What are your thoughts on copper pulls/knobs? We are doing BM white cabinets with a white carrera marble counter top. Thoughts? I’m kind of between copper and brass…Thanks!