Blog Partnership – The Kitchen Hardware Guide by Armac Martin

Blog Partnership – The Kitchen Hardware Guide by Armac Martin

In partnership with Armac Martin.

If you’re wondering what hardware you’ll need for your kitchen, look no further as luxury brass hardware experts Armac Martin share everything you need to know in this guest post.


When it comes to your kitchen, you can never underestimate the power of the smaller design details to help you achieve the overall aesthetic of a space. Kitchen hardware is no exception, every cabinet handle and cabinet knob counts, and in this kitchen hardware guide we explore the key pieces to consider.

Kitchen Hardware Considerations

Whilst its primary function is to allow you to open cabinet doors and drawers, there is an art to choosing the perfect hardware. These items play a key role as the main touchpoint between you and your kitchen, so the pieces selected need to be both beautiful and functional.

With so many options to explore, from pulls and knobs, to T-bar styles, knowing which hardware pieces to choose in your kitchen can feel a little overwhelming. We’re pleased to share our expertise with you to make the process effortless and enjoyable.

Kitchen Hardware Styles

The first step in choosing your kitchen hardware is to familiarise yourself with the different kitchen hardware styles available; this will help to give you a feel for the intended purpose and the form of each design.

This is our Arbar Cabinet Handle in our dark bronze finish.

Designed to be pulled to open doors or drawers, there are several styles to choose from including classic cabinet pull handles, recessed designs, finger pulls and cup pulls.

Cabinet pull handles can be placed both vertically and horizontally. As a general rule, these sit vertically for doors and horizontally for drawers.

This is our Belgrave Cabinet Handle in our dark bronze finish.


Like cabinet pull handles, appliance pulls do everything you would expect of a pull handle, however, these are specifically designed for integrated appliances in kitchens and utility rooms, like dishwashers and washing machines.


Appliance pull handles offer additional strength and feature within many of our collections to offer a uniform look across kitchen cabinetry that houses appliances.

This is our Rotunda Cabinet Knob in our dark bronze finish


Like cabinet handles, knobs are also designed to be pulled open. These come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, from classic bun and mushroom knobs, to square designs and textures styles.

This is our Arbar T-bar Handle in our dark bronze finish


As the name suggests, T-bar handles are shaped like the letter ‘T’. These provide excellent grip for opening smaller cabinets and drawers where other styles of handle may be too large.

Kitchen Hardware Guide

Follow our step-by-step guide to choosing the right kitchen hardware:


  1. Firstly, assess your joinery. Count how many pieces you’ll need and note whether these are for cabinet doors or drawers. If your kitchen cabinetry requires a mix of products, choosing a collection that features the various product types you need (and in varying sizes) will ensure a consistent look.


  1. Determine the theme of your decor. Identifying the aesthetic you are hoping to achieve within your kitchen will enable you to select styles that are in harmony with your desired decor scheme.
  2. Once you have decided on the different hardware pieces you need, consider the sizing of each. Some collections are designed with the option of an additional backplate to enhance the visual impact of your hardware.
  3. The final step is to select your kitchen hardware finish. The finishes throughout your entire kitchen design scheme should be considered to help you choose. Consider other fixtures and fittings like tapware and lighting.You’ll also want to consider whether you want your hardware to stand out in a contrasting finish, or to achieve consistent appeal with one finish throughout. For some designs, you may have a mix of finishes in your space and you can accommodate this with your hardware too by choosing a collection like MIX.Lastly, when choosing a brass finish, it is important to decide whether you want living finishes that are unlacquered and will develop a beautiful patina as they age, or whether you prefer lacquered finishes that remain the same for years to come.

Kitchen Hardware Inspiration

If you need a little kitchen hardware inspiration, we’ve got you covered with a look at some popular hardware styles…

Country-Style Kitchen Hardware

Inspired by farmhouse design, country-style interiors often feature muted pastels like sage green, a mix of rustic textures like linen and aged woods and a balance of old and new decor. When it comes to hardware, look for smooth shapes with a traditional feel.

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Industrial-Style Kitchen Hardware

Defined by clean lines, raw textures and bold colours, industrial hardware suits modern spaces that feature stripped-back interior details. Think bare bricks, reclaimed woods, metal pieces and minimal styling.

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Deco-Style Kitchen Hardware

To elevate elegant interiors and achieve a timeless aesthetic, draw influence from the iconic shapes of 1920s architecture and opt for hardware that incorporates geometry and stepped-edge details to form each piece.

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Organic Kitchen Hardware

For neutral and quiet luxury schemes, organic hardware styles bring a refined touch of nature to your kitchen. Seek out designs that mirror the beautiful shapes found in plant life like bamboo or along the coast like shells.

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Now that you’ve explored our kitchen hardware guide, all that’s left to do is explore to find your favourites.

Armac Martin has been designing and manufacturing luxury brass hardware and interior accessories in Birmingham, England, since 1929. To find out more, visit their website or discover The Journal for more luxury interior inspiration.


Contact us today to discuss your requirements in more detail, we would love to hear from you.