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What’s hot in hardware

by Tribune News Service | February 19, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Brass, brass and more brass hardware. (Handout/TNS)

Have a cabinet, dresser or console that needs a quick refresh? Looking to remodel your kitchen or bathroom and want to know what the latest and hottest trends in hardware are?

Some clear trends are emerging from national companies and local artisans. Here are our top 10:

1. Quality

No longer is the rush toward cheap and poorly made hardware. Manufacturers are opting for high-quality pieces that provide longevity and value for customers.

2. Modern lines

Design-forward brands are opting for modern and minimal, as opposed to fussy and ornate selections.

3. Color and classic

While classic finishes still dominate, for those who may want a pop of color, brands are bringing in colorful options.

4. Two-tone

While solid finishes in common elements such as chrome, nickel and brass hardware remain popular, many brands are also offering two-tone (two-finish) options.

5. Matte black

Black is in. Black has become a popular finish in hardware in a design category traditionally dominated by chrome, nickel and brass.

6. Weight

Heavy and high quality is more the norm in today's popular hardware, as opposed to thin or lightweight options.

7. Styles in a series

Want the same look in your cabinets repeated in your door? Many brands are offering hardware in a variety of options.

8. Commercial-style hardware for residential use

These days, large, heavy handles or industrial-style hardware are easily translated to residential use.

9. Cabinet manufacturers offering their own hardware

While this trend isn't new, more and more cabinet manufacturers are including the option of their own hardware to ensure design consistency.

10. Style and substance

Design hardware is used more often than ever as a finishing touch or an essential aesthetic.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer with offices in New York City and The Hudson Valley. Contact her at or visit her website at

photo Knurled hardware handles are part of the current hardware trend. (Handout/TNS)
photo Hardware in various finishes. (Handout/TNS)
photo A dresser with brass handles and trim. (Handout/TNS)
photo A classic sideboard featuring brass handle hardware. (Handout/TNS)
photo A sideboard features brass hardware. (Handout/TNS)

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