When freshening up a home, there are those big decisions that we have to make: Do I want to knock down this wall? Should I splurge on wood flooring? What tile should I choose for the backsplash? And then there are those seemingly small decisions that actually turn out to be bigger than you thought. Enter: cabinet hardware.

You may think that these are just tiny pieces of metal that won't make or break a space like your kitchen and that you'll be able to easily decide, and then move on — but it doesn't usually work out that way. In actuality, selecting pulls and knobs that will look amazing in your culinary space can be a little overwhelming — you have to think about all of the available finishes, styles, and lengths as well.

Now that we have your attention (and visions of chic door and drawer fittings are dancing in your head), scroll on to see eight kitchen cabinet hardware ideas to help you narrow down the selection.

1. Black and White

kitchen cabinet hardware idea with sage green island and wood flooring topped with area rug
credit: CC + Mike

It's hard to go wrong with black kitchen cabinet hardware ideas, and we think it looks especially stunning when paired with white cabinetry. The long, black pulls in this cook space designed by Carissa and Mike Miller of CC + Mike pop against the white and sage green cabinets.

2. Gleaming and Classic

white and black kitchen cabinet hardware idea with brass hardware and white subway tile backsplash
credit: Anne Sage

Blogger Anne Sage gave her kitchen an airy makeover (we can't get enough of those light wood cabinets), and it was made complete thanks to her Rejuvenation hardware in shining, satin brass. To really make things look coordinated in your kitchen, take a page from her book and match your hardware to your light fixtures.

3. Sleek and Modern

Brass kitchen cabinet hardware ideas continue to reign supreme, praised for its ability to look both tried-and-true and modern, simultaneously. Rendered in an up-to-date silhouette, the linear hardware in this kitchen belonging to Brittany of Brittany Makes brings polish and panache to a space that combines antique accents with present-day flair.

4. Metallic and Eye-Catching

Designer Emily Henderson has an incredible eye when it comes to kitchen cabinet hardware ideas as witnessed in this bold cook space. Using multiple hardware styles, she was able to bring this look together, proving that you can mix and match and don't need to go with a singular look in your kitchen. The bars, knobs, and latches all work together to create a one-of-a-kind ambiance.

5. Clear and Cool

Lucite is a fun, under-the-radar kitchen cabinet hardware alternative to brass if you're searching for something a little different. In this culinary space belonging to Monica of Monica Wants It, these affordable Lucite pulls add just enough distinctiveness to her white cabinetry without overwhelming it.

6. Streamlined and Contrasting

To create some contrast and juxtaposition in your kitchen, choose jet-black, minimal pulls for your cabinets. We like the mix of bar-style pulls and cup pulls in this space belonging to Nikki from My Style Diaries that perfectly punctuate the bright-white cabinets.

7. Elongated and Contemporary

There's a kitchen cabinet hardware trend that we're loving nowadays — pulls that take up almost the entire width of a cabinet or drawer. There's something about it that makes it ergonomic and effortless to open cabinets, and it looks pretty cool, too. These extra-wide brass pulls in a kitchen belonging to Shauna of The House of Silver Lining flawlessly represent the modern approach to cabinet hardware that many designers are embracing.

8. Modern and Unexpected

Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel has teamed up with Park Studio to create what are quite possibly the most modern cabinet pulls around, and we are loving the look. Here in this kitchen space, the brass, half-moon pulls bring a current look to traditional navy cabinets, which are complemented nicely by small, circular pulls.

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.