An increasing number of homeowners are opting to add cabinetry, pantries, and storage-focused islands to their kitchens this year, which means hardware will be receiving extra attention.
Houzz’s 2021 Kitchen Trends Study found 28% of homeowners decided to add more cabinets to their kitchens, a 20% increase from 2020’s survey. Even more homeowners (46%) plan to upgrade their pantry cabinets, and 55% of kitchen renovations will include an upgraded or added kitchen island.
With extra cabinets comes the need for more hardware. Though seemingly a small decision, kitchen cabinet hardware can make a considerable difference in the overall aesthetic and functionality of the kitchen.
The number of renovations and remodels will rise this year compared to last as well, reports The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
“While a softening of growth is projected in 2021, recent strengthening of home prices and sales activity—including second home purchases—could provide further boosts to remodeling and repair next year,” Abbe Will, associate project director in the Remodeling Futures Program at the center, told JCHS.
But as more families remain home, there’s increased usage of not just the kitchen, but laundry rooms and home offices, which each require plenty of storage space.
In recent years, the popularity of matte black and gold/brass hardware choices has grown, and 2021 is no exception. At the 2021 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Matt Vecchiolla, Top Knobs and Atlas Homewares’ senior director of national sales, says these finishes remain some of the most popular.
According to Hardware Hut, mixing finishes and oversized pulls are expected to be trending this year for cabinet hardware. See how these 13 new hardware collections play into these trends.
Inspired by London’s royal Regent’s Park, this collection features an elegant design with a European angle, says the company. Within Regent’s Park are five designs: Clarence, Cumberland, Kingsmill, Ulster, and Ormonde. Each design comes with pulls and coordinating knobs in six sizes: ¾-inch center to center pulls up to the 12-inch center to center pulls and ¾-inch diameter knobs. Regent’s Park can be ideal for homes with a traditional or transitional style, or a room seeking a proper and poise detail. Six finishes are available: ash gray, brushed satin nickel, flat black, honey bronze, polished chrome, and polished nickel.
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Top Knobs expanded its Bit Series line to include mixed metals for 2021. The brand says this hardware choice shies away from a classic appearance and adds an eclectic mix with the most popular hardware finishes. As the first mixed metal offering of an already established collection, it will serve as a test to gauge popularity. If popular enough, the brand may expand other collections to feature these mixed finishes. Designers can choose a mix of the flat black finish with honey bronze or antique pewter accents.
Atlas Homewares’ new Lennox line is available in brushed nickel, matte black, polished chrome, polished nickel, slate, or warm brass. It features knobs and coordinating pulls with a slightly rounded bar and base in a minimalistic form, the company says. Lennox pulls range from 5 1/16 inches up to 12 inches with 1.25-inch knobs.
A reinvention of the Sutton Place collection, Sweetbriar Lane offers a refined and tailored appearance fit for transitional settings. There are 10 pieces available in six finishes: matte black, brushed nickel, polished chrome, slate, and warm brass. The hardware features clean beveled edges most distinct in its two coordinating knobs. Pulls sizes range from 3.75 inches to 12 inches and knobs are available in 1.25 inches and 1 7.16 inches.
Erika brings a modern feel in a transitional design with clean lines and a square pull and base. The clean design adds a sense of strength and sturdiness, says the company. The line does not feature coordinating knobs but offers a wide array of sizes and five finishes.
Hardware Resources says Gibson offers casual lines that fit within contemporary or transitional spaces. Gibson can easily blend in with a variety of settings due to its more subtle design. Pulls are available from 3.77 inches up to 7.55 inches, but they offer a hand clearance of ⅞ inch, which the company says works well ADA projects or aging in place. An equally simplistic smooth knob is available in 1.25-inch diameter. Gibson hardware is available in brushed gold, brushed pewter, matte black, polished chrome, satin nickel, and satin bronze.
Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources says its Marie line brings a regal presence and subtle grandeur. The decorative line features soft curvature and a cuff detailing in both its pulls and knobs. Jeffrey Alexander says the addition of Marie meets the market needs for clean lines and simple features. This collection also includes extra hand clearance for ADA or aging in place projects and comes in six finishes. Pull sizes range from 3.77 inches up to 12 inches with appliance pulls also available.
Inspired by Bialetti’s famous Moka pot, the Moka hardware line by Eureka features clean lines and curves with a unique jutted-out base. It’s available in what Marathon Hardware calls “innovative new European finishes” such as clay gray, a matte brown-gray shade, copper metallic, a shiny warm rose gold, and anthracite, a greyish black with a satin texture. Other finishes include brushed satin nickel, matte black, and polished chrome.
Strasse features rounded bars with removed corners for a contemporary though subtle design. It comes available in the same European-forward finishes as Moka. The name Strasse comes from the German word for road or street that works as a connection between two places. Pulls are available in 6.2 inches or 12.5 inches.
Knurled hardware is increasingly popular as well, and Ducale offers oversized knurled pulls in a square silhouette. Marathon Hardware notes this line is fit for designer projects due to the sophisticated and Venetian-inspired appearance of Ducale. Pulls are available in copper bronze, matte black, matte gold, lacquer silver, and titanium bronze.
The name Summit comes from the line’s muse: mountain peaks. These pulls offer a subtle protrusion that mimics mountain peaks, says Marathon Hardware. Summit is available in anthracite, clay grey, silver bronze, brushed matte black and brushed stainless steel.