Whether you are working on remodeling your entire kitchen or just adding a few new touches to your space, adding the right kitchen hardware for your cabinets is crucial to completing the look. Right now, chrome, nickel, and stainless steel hardware options are very popular with homeowners, with reach providing a variety of neutral silver tones that work great for both traditional and contemporary designs.
Each of these metal groups offers a different hue that ranges from white to silver and even a variety of gray tones. This all depends on the finish and the available light in the space. The surface finish can even cause each element to look nearly identical. So, when choosing your hardware, it is important to have a good understanding of these subtle differences to ensure you are able to select the best material for your kitchen design and maintenance preferences.
We’ve put together the pros and cons of these popular hardware choices to help you make an informed decision.
This is a very versatile material that is available in a variety of tones and finishes. Nickel can feature a satin finish, a high polish as well as antique or weathered looks. Nickle hardware is made from a metal core that Is plated with a thin nickel veneer and tends to have warm silver tones. Nickel can also feature darker or textural design sans surfaces based on your preferences.
Nickel requires frequent cleaning and wiping down to avoid discoloration or damage caused by grease, foods, and oils. While nickel can resist corrosion, it can tarnish and become dull over time. Consider nickel with a lacquered finish to help slow the aging process.
From farmhouse rustic to contemporary kitchen designs, nickel hardware is a popular option. With the proper maintenance, it is an option that will serve your kitchen well.
Chrome offers a bright and shiny look for a sophisticated, retro look. With standard chrome kitchen cabinet hardware, you get a polished surface that has a shiny mirror-like surface and reflects light. For a more matte finish, you may want to consider a stain or brushed chrome.
Chrome is made from a metal core that is plated with a thin veneer of chromium. Quality chrome hardware will resist rust if it is correctly cared for and maintained. Keep in mind that chrome easily shows scratches and fingerprints and can appear dull when it becomes damaged. If the plating is damaged, this could also lead to rust.
Low-quality chrome plating can peel or flake. Because of the highly reflective surface of chrome, you may end up with unwanted glare depending on your kitchen’s lighting.
With the right maintenance, chrome can make a statement in your kitchen, especially when paired with lighter colors such as light gray, white, or neutral cabinets. This type of hardware suits all design styles and can add a unique touch to your space.
Stainless steel is a great option for homeowners looking for a durable yet stylish option for the cabinetry. This type of material resists corrosion, tarnish, and scratches and is made of a solid metal alloy that is composed of nickel and/or chromium. This material is known for being low maintenance while providing a sleek look.
Compared to other hardware options, the biggest drawback of stainless steel is the limited selection of finish options. Common hardware you may have seen in stainless steel is the bar-pull handles in contemporary kitchens, but stainless hardware also looks great in more traditional kitchen designs as well.
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