Feb 28

One Simple Kitchen Design Detail That Makes ALL the Difference

cabinet hardware

hardware shown: pulls | knobs
all other finishes shown can be found here & here

When it comes to designing a kitchen there are so (so!) many details to consider, which can often feel overwhelming (I hear you). And while you may have heard me preach that design is in the details time and again, there are most definitely one or two that I feel are more important than the rest. At the top of that list… Mixing and matching your cabinet hardware with a combination of pulls and knobs. The good news on this front is that it’s such an easy way to add instant impact and make a kitchen feel more thoughtfully designed and fully fleshed out. Whether you opt for knobs on all doors and pulls on all drawers, or vice versa, playing with both really adds that je ne sais quoi that simply can’t be topped.

Cabinet hardware, after all, is akin to the jewelry of a space. It instantly adds that little bit of sparkle that elevates just about everything, and is worthy of some thought. I fully stand behind the fact that a combination of cabinet pulls and cabinet knobs is a design must. And if you can sneak in a cabinet latch where it makes sense I give you instant bonus points because, hi, look how cute!

I’m sure you’ve heard me mention Emtek in the past (I’ve specified them at least somewhere on almost all of my projects – including my own home – I am such a mega fan). They’ve really and truly become my first stop when it comes to all things hardware. Not only are their products aesthetically beautiful all across the board, their quality is absolutely unparalleled – I’ve yet to have a single issue on any items I’ve specified in the past. And in light of my mom’s kitchen reno (in which we are obviously working with Emtek) I thought it might be helpful to showcase some of my favourite cabinet hardware combinations so that I can help you take the guesswork out of the whole ordeal. Following are a few Lark & Linen approved cabinet hardware combinations that I feel confident will bring instant beauty into your home. 


Transitional_1Haydon Knob     |      Freestone Pull (we’re using this one in my mom’s kitchen!)

Transitional_2Porcelain Knob     |      Dane Pull

Transitional_3Overland Knob     |      Jasper Pull


Modern_1Proser Knob     |      Edge Pull

Modern_2Modern Hex Knob     |      Modern Hex Pull

modern_3Proser Knob     |     Freestone Pull




Providence Knob     |      Cup Pull


Traditional_3Madison Cabinet Knob     |      Sandcast Ranch Bin Pull


Glendon Knob     |      Westwood Pull

[break]Thank you to Emtek for sponsoring this post, and for partnering with us on #LLProjectMomsKitchen!

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  1. Peg says:

    Beautiful!!! xoxo

  2. Laura says:

    Our home was renovated before we bought it and the builder did pulls everywhere, do you think it’s possible to fill the second hole of the doors to be able to install a knob? Or are we out of luck?

    • Hey Laura! That’s a tough one – it will ultimately depend on what your cabinets are made out of. If they’re painted, it’s definitely possible to fill the holes and have the paint matched to touch em up. For any thermafoil or laminate cabinet fronts it’s not nearly as simple. Wood is also a little more challenging as well. I’m sorry! That’s probably not the answer you’re looking for!

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