Return to the Kitchens Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Hardware & kitchen lighting - match rest of house?

Posted by tklshop (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 7, 13 at 17:07

Would love your expertise, please! We are remodeling our kitchen in our 1950's California ranch home. I'm trying to take the house in a more cottage-y direction. The kitchen will have painted white shaker cabinets with dark-stained hardwood floors. We currently have oil rubbed bronze hardware (door knobs, hinges) throughout the house.

Do I need to continue the oil rubbed bronze into the kitchen? I would prefer to change to brushed/satin nickel in the kitchen. I'm not sure I want to make such a bold statement with my hardware and the dark bronze against the painted white shaker-style cabinetry will be a stronger look. We will have stainless steel appliances (fridge, dishwasher, range, hood) so the satin nickel will pick up on that.

So, for the 2 pendants over the island and the 1 flushmount fixture in the kitchen, should I match the kitchen hardware or the hardware in the rest of the house? I'm also facing the same dilemma in the newly added laundry/mudroom.

I look forward to your feedback! Thank you!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Hardware & kitchen lighting - match rest of house?

You don't need to match the appliances -or- the predominant finish for the door hardware with the kitchen cabinet hardware or all the lighting fixtures.

Do what you like best with the cabinets.

RE: Hardware & kitchen lighting - match rest of house?

There has been lots of threads on this recently. It's not necessary to match the whole house. It's sometimes not even necessary to match hardware to lighting if done properly. I am doing shaker white cabinets also in my remdodel with stainless appliances and polished nickel cabinet hardware and faucet. The hardware in the pendant lights above my penninsula will be black. My penninsula chairs and kitchen chairs are also black, so it will will all tie together and allow for a little pop of style and contrast with the lighting without it looking misplaced. If you look at inspiration pictures on you'll see lots of island lighting that does not coordinate with the cabinet hardware. Have fun with it and go with what you love!

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Kitchens Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here