What Color Cabinet Hardware Looks Best with Cherry or Dark Wood?

What Color Cabinet Hardware Looks Best with Cherry or Dark Wood?

January 22, 2021

Giving your kitchen a facelift? The right cabinet hardware can make a big difference. Whether you want it to blend in, pick up the tones in the wood or coordinate with your appliances, there’s an option for just about every design and style. Dark and cherry wood cabinets are popular right now, and many Colorado homeowners find themselves wondering which hardware will look the best.

Here’s how to decide on a set of hardware.

Things to consider

The color of your cabinetry isn’t the only thing you need to consider. Your hardware can be used to bring out tones in the wood, but it can also blend in or complement the colors in the rest of the décor. Here are some elements to consider when choosing your hardware:

  • Faucet color: Most people match their hardware color to their faucets. Are you planning on keeping the same faucet during your kitchen renovation? If not, it’s a relatively inexpensive upgrade that will bring out the color of your hardware. If you do keep the faucet, consider whether you want it to match or contrast.
  • Sink color: If you have a stainless steel, copper or other metal sink, you don’t want the hardware to clash.
  • Appliance color: Similarly, stainless steel appliances often look best with silver-toned hardware—but there are other options that coordinate with kitchen hardware.
  • Wall or backsplash color: Finally, consider the main colors in the room. Do you want your hardware to complement them, match them or blend in with the dark cabinetry?

Try these hardware colors and materials

Your options for cabinet hardware are virtually limitless, but not all colors and materials will work for every situation. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Green-gold: Green-gold hardware contrasts beautifully with the warm tones in cherry, and stands out against black or other dark cabinets.
  • Orange-gold: Orange gold complements cherry’s warm color, and contrasts with other types of dark wood.
  • Copper: If you have a copper sink or other warm colors in your kitchen, like red, orange, yellow, fuchsia or coral, copper hardware will accent those colors for a cohesive, cozy look.
  • Brushed nickel: Brushed nickel is a great choice when you want to highlight the cool tones in your kitchen. The “antiqued” silver color is modern, but softer than stainless steel.
  • Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a brighter, shinier silver, which looks beautiful alongside stainless appliances in high-contrast kitchens. It will stand out vividly against the dark wood.
  • Oil-rubbed bronze: If you want your hardware to blend into the cabinets, oil-rubbed bronze is a great choice. This will leave you more options for appliances, sinks and faucets.
  • Weathered brass: Weathered brass can be a “neutral” gold (neither warm nor cool). It’s also on the darker side, offering a subtle contrast.
  • Glass knobs and pulls: If metal hardware isn’t your thing, try clear glass. It will contrast when the light catches it, but blend into the cabinets otherwise. It’s great for midcentury modern rooms.

Still trying to decide which hardware looks best with dark-colored or cherry wood in Colorado? Call or visit Custom Door Hardware today.

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