Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Cabinet Hardware Trends for 2022

Cabinet hardware is an essential piece in cabinet design and it is one of our favorite things about a design because it adds the finishing touch to the look of the space. Cabinet hardware is a multi-purpose feature in the home such as:

  • Protection for the cabinets
  • Easier to open cabinets
  • Enhances the look of cabinets

Every year new hardware trends make their debut in the design industry as companies showcase new styles and selections. This allows the homeowner more opportunities to find that special piece they are looking for that will reflect their unique personality. From contrast to eco-friendly choices, cabinet hardware trends for 2022 are bringing beautiful additions to your home. Let’s talk about some of them.

Minimal cabinet hardware

Minimalism is currently  a popular design style choice as it places an emphasis on a simple, uncluttered home. It’s trademark characteristics include:

  • Clean lines
  • Neutral color palette
  • Less is more

Homeowners enjoy the simplicity and calm color schemes that surround the minimalist style and carry this into the cabinet hardware selections as well. Think of hardware that is streamlined, blended into the background, and neutral in color. Some great options for minimal cabinet hardware can be thin cabinet pulls that overlap the top of cabinet doors or drawers as it is one that blends more into the cabinet itself or a pull that has little contrast. There is also the option of choosing to build the handle directly into the cabinet itself such as a notch pull that gives you the functionality of hardware but with a more natural feel. The goal of minimalism is to reduce the amount of elements used in design while still achieving a look of elegance. Their motto is often “less is more” since they try to limit the items in a room giving the home a less cluttered feel. When wanting to adopt a minimal style with cabinet hardware be sure to think more along the lines of nature.

Industrial modern hardware

Another variant of a minimalist style could be considered things that lean to a tech side or more industrial modern feel with bold pattern or texture to them. This style can include pieces such as:

  • Stainless steel
  • Texture
  • Light

This hardware makes a space feel more contemporary and sleek with pieces that make a statement such as contrast or mixing elements. If you like different and appreciate unusual materials this might be the option for you. Pairing this selection with light can illuminate the cabinet hardware such as glass. Look for ones that have bold colors like a shiny brass or even high polished nickel. You can choose ones that have a rough pattern or sleek finish like stainless steel. Hi tech or industrial modern cabinet hardware looks great in almost any area of the home including bathroom, kitchen, and home office. Dark colors paired with light hardware or vice versa can create a stunning effect in any space in the home. Hardware manufacturers now offer a wide variety of selections meaning that you can find exactly what you are looking for or maybe didn’t know you needed until you see it. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to hardware and consider options outside of the standard, gold, silver, or black finish. Hardware selection is meant to be one of the funnest parts in cabinet design so take some time to browse through product pages and keep an open mind. 

Eco-style cabinet hardware

This is a trend that will not be fading any time soon, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to lessen their impact on the environment by choosing materials that are friendly to the environment. Designers and manufacturers have gone on a quest to find better options for hardware that give the same function and durability needed but with sustainable materials. Some of them include:

  • Leather
  • Recycled glass
  • Antique pulls
  • Aluminum
  • Bronze

Eco-friendly hardware does not mean boring, in fact many are elegant and statement worthy. Thinking outside the box on material choices such as leather brings a unique look to spaces like the home office. Leather is durable and has a nice texture appeal to it plus it can come in multiple colors. Recycled options like glass is another great choice, pairing glass with wood is always a winning combination but when it also benefits the environment that is a win for everyone. Grand millennium is a popular design style that blends old with new, this is something that you can incorporate with cabinet hardware when you find old handles and pulls in antique stores. By opting to use these unique finds in your home you add an entirely different element to the design since many of these styles have not been seen in a long time and can make for an interesting conversation starter. Aluminum and bronze are a great eco-friendly choice for those who want to have a touch of metal to their cabinet hardware. Eco-style cabinet hardware is a beautiful choice that brings the function and charm you want in the home while preserving the environment.

Hardware trends for 2022

Hardware is the final touch to your cabinets that completes the look of the space. It gives you the functionality you need while allowing you to express your own unique style. The trend forecast for 2022 is by no means a rule book, rather it is a suggestion that showcases the looks enjoyed by many homeowners and the many ways you can incorporate it into your own home. Cabinet hardware extends beyond just the bathroom, it can be utilized throughout the home and even beyond in areas such as:

  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Laundry rooms
  • Mudrooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Family rooms

Wherever cabinets are, you will find that hardware is here to assist and improve the functionality of the cabinets and increase its durability. Cabinet hardware is one of the most important design elements with a wide range of purposes. For over twenty years we have assisted our clients in not only designing cabinets that are perfectly suited to their needs but also in selecting hardware that reflects their personality while serving a purpose. Come visit our 5,000 square foot showroom located in beautiful Uptown Shelby where you can browse our large display of hardware from vendors such as Berenson, Amtek, Top Knobs, and Richelieu. Whether you are looking for something in particular like Minimalist or Modern, or if you are simply looking for inspiration, we have something just for you. Let’s build something together.