The Best Hardware for Cathedral, Arched, or Shaker Style Cabinets
Are you looking for ideas to update your kitchen or bathroom cabinets without having to spend a fortune? Or maybe you’ve ALREADY spent a fortune on your space and NOW you want to save! Regardless of whether you’re starting your journey or ending it, this hardware will give you some major bang-for-buck (non street-corner style – sorry to disappoint).
The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of cabinets you’re working with…
Shaker Style Cabinets
(Can be a variety of woods including oak, maple and cherry)
This type of cabinet has a square/rectangle door profile with a ‘frame’ around it. It can be fresh outta the 80’s oak or a simple recessed maple panel – the great thing about this profile is that it’s super timeless (it’s usually the finish of the cabinet that gives it’s age away).
There are shaker styles that have more detail and some that have less. Some have a raised panel with a bit of detail, some have a flat recessed panel but the MAIN ideas is that your door panel has a ‘frame’ of sorts around it that fits the shape of the door (not curved at all).
Arched and Cathedral Style Cabinets
(Usually oak or maple)
Of the 2, arched is an easier style to update than cathedral. Arched is just a bit more subtle, a bit less…churchy. Cathedral style cabinets are trickier to update as their shape is much more pronounced (passive aggressive word for dated). In this case, regardless of the finish (wood or painted), it’s the STYLE of the cabinet that gives it’s age away. And while most of us get curves as we age, these aren’t the type of curves that are easy to camouflage.
And I’m not trying to be mean, I’m trying to be realistic so that I can help you embrace what you have and make the best choices moving forward (I swear)!
Left: Double Cathedral / Right: Single Arch
There is single arch and double arch, single cathedral and double cathedral and curse thee who has the double cathedral. The DC is just a bugger to update as its style is hard-pressed to step out of the 80’s UNLESS…you are wanting a more country look. But I digress, let’s stay on track here and start looking at hardware…
Let’s Give it a Name – Transitional
When I’m hardware shopping for clients who want to update their kitchen cabinets, I’m looking for styles that transition the cabinets from where they currently are to a more updated, modern version. I want hardware that is flexible, that can nod to one style while kindly humouring another – make sense? And we’re going to call this hardware style ‘transitional’.
Transitional Hardware to Update Shaker Style Cabinets
Because shaker style cabinets are transitional themselves, we can look at hardware that has slightly cleaner lines, without being UBER modern and sexy – yes, I just called hardware sexy.
And of course, you can get most of these styles in whichever finish you like, these are just the shapes to get you on the right track. You can click on the links below to see the different finishes that are available.
A few things to note about this hardware
- While #7 is close, none of this hardware is SUPER modern or sleek
- All of the hardware has a certain softness to it, no stark, harsh edges
- There are even some subtle curves and rounded edges without being overly ornate or decorative
Transitional Hardware to Update Cathedral Style and Arched Cabinets
A few things to note about this hardware
- When it comes to arched and cathedral style cabinets, it’s about the softness. We want hardware that has soft, rounded lines – nothing edgy or square
- While none of this is what you would have originally put on the cabinets in the 80’s, it’s also not sleek and modern, which would fight with the soul of your cabinets – hence the word ‘transitional’
- The curves are what pick up on the curve of your cabinet door – creating a visual connection between 2
Ugh, You’re Such a Knob
Just joking. However, there are some cabinets that look best with knobs, particularly when the 2nd hole isn’t drilled for a handle and you aren’t inclined to bust out the drill.
Now knobs are a bit more unisex when it comes to working with shaker and cathedral style cabinets and one knob can often suit both profiles. So I’m going to share with you some great transitional knobs style. And really, can you believe I haven’t made a rude joke about knobs yet? I know, it’s disturbing isn’t it?
And you might be thinking, ‘umm Kylie, why are they all mushroom/round knobs?’. Well, because I love you and I’m trying to save you from the freakin’ AGONY of oval and square knobs that inevitably loosen up and go off-kilter so that you spend half your time in the kitchen tweakin’ your knobs so that they all lineup. And no Mom, I’m not going to make a rude joke to finish that sentence off but you KNOW I thought about it.
So there you have it. And I know you might have some questions about hardware finish, but that is an upcoming blog post (don’t hold your breath though as I have a few good ones in the meantime).
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