New Decor Trends in Hardware: 10 Inspiring Mood Boards

Check out these mood boards based on new decor trends in hardware tones and finishes and how they’re combined.

Your cabinet hardware– the knobs, handles, drawer pulls– is often the last thing you think about when you’re creating the look of your home decor. But cabinet hardware can play a major role in getting the decor look you want. It can be the finishing touch on a well-put-together room. Replacing some or all of your hardware is also an easy way to freshen up the look of your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or even your front door.

In these mood boards, you’ll see paint colors, tile selections and even house numbers, too, so you can apply these decor ideas anywhere in your home, inside or out.

New Decor Trends in Hardware

Bronze with Brushed Nickel

New Decor Trends in Hardware: Bronze with Brushed Nickel

Consider mixing the warm tones of bronze and the cool tones brushed nickel to create a fresh combination of the old and new. The idea is to keep a balance between the two metals so that one doesn’t dominate the other. We kept the forms and shapes of the hardware consistent with angles, edges and lines, and that’s also reflected in the star shapes in the floor tile.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Biking Trail, by BEHR
  • Tile: Kings Star Nero Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile, by Merola
  • Door knob: Juno Venetian Bronze Bed/Bath Knob, by Kwikset
  • Handleset: Georgian Aged Bronze Addison trim Single Cylinder Handleset Knob, by Schlage
  • Cabinet knob: Luxe Square Satin Nickel and Cocoa Bronze Dual Tone Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Cabinet pull: Polished Nickel Channel Cabinet Pull, by Martha Stewart Living
  • House number: 4 in. Satin Nickel Floating House Number, by Architectural Mailboxes
  • Faucet: Venturi Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Tuscan Bronze, by Pfister

Mixed Metals with the Same “Temperature”

New Decor Trends in Hardware: Mixed Metals with the Same "Temperature"

By keeping all the metallic tones in the same “temperature” range, you can freshen up or modernize an older look. Here we have classic oil-rubbed bronze fixtures mixed with lighter, but similarly warm Champagne bronze and brass. The shapes and lines of the knobs and drawer pulls are all fairly simple, which helps keep the look understated and approachable. This also leaves some decorative space for a few accents that have an organic, natural texture or feel.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Iced Copper, by BEHR
  • Flooring: Winterton Oak Laminate Flooring, by Home Decorators Collection
  • Door knob: Siena Aged Bronze Keyed Entry Knob, by Schlage
  • Handleset: Hawthorne Venetian Bronze Handleset with Juno Knob, by Kwikset
  • Cabinet knob: Drum Champagne Bronze Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Cabinet pull: Classic Square Champagne Bronze Cabinet Pull, by Liberty
  • Door knocker: Distressed Oil-Rubbed Bronze Ring Door Knocker, by Baldwin
  • House number: Solid Brass Number, by The Hillman Group
  • Door bell: Lighted Door Bell Push Button in Mediterranean Bronze, by Hampton Bay
  • Towel ring: Trinsic Towel Ring in Champagne Bronze, by Delta
  • Faucet: Trinsic Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet in Champagne Bronze, by Delta

Brushed Nickel Balanced with Matte Black

New Decor Trends in Hardware: Brushed Nickel Balanced with Matte Black
Matte black is hot right now, and it can freshen up the look of a room dominated by brushed nickel fixtures. The black contrasts the cool, light nickel, so it adds some visual interest without calling too much attention to itself. We kept all the shapes pretty consistent from the straight-lines of the draw pulls and simple curves of the house number, to the hex tile. Notice in the mood board, too, how a few shapes and colors from nature really stand out next to the nickel and flat black fixtures.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Battleship Gray, by BEHR
  • Tile: Honeycomb Hexagon Natural Marble Mosaic Floor and Wall Tile, by MS International
  • Door levers: Vedani Square Satin Nickel Hall/Closet Lever, by Kwikset
  • Lock: 993 Series Square Contemporary Satin Nickel Deadbolt, by Kwikset
  • House number: Distinctions 5 in. Elevated Black Number, by The Hillman Group
  • Door knocker: Satin Nickel S-Shaped Door Knocker, by Baldwin
  • Cabinet pull: Square Flat Black Cabinet Bar Pull, by Liberty
  • Cabinet knob: Mila Satin Nickel Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Outdoor light: 1-Light Zinc Outdoor Wall Lantern, by Hampton Bay

All Matte Black

New Decor Trends in Hardware: All Matte Black

Did we mention that matte black is hot right now? There’s no wonder why. Not only is it the most popular finish for outdoors, it’s now making its way inside, and can pair with almost any other finish. It’s super versatile and works with so many decor styles, ranging from modern to coastal. Here, the white subway tile, bent strap barn door hardware and vintage-style floor register all support an industrial look without being overwhelming.

Seen in This Mood Board


More Hardware Looks to Inspire

Stainless Steel
Hardware Looks to Inspire: Stainless Steel

Stainless steel or satin nickel is the more industrial sibling of brushed nickel. It can give your room an sleek, modern vibe. To balance the smooth, metallic finish, add in tactile, textured elements, such as the river rock mosaic tile and black slate you see here.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Wasabi, by BEHR
  • Tile: Creama River Rock Mosaic Marble Mosaic Wall Tile, by Jeffrey Court
  • Flooring: Oceanside Beechwood Laminate Flooring, by Home Decorators Collection
  • Door knobs: Brandywine Stainless Steel Passage Knobset, by Defiant
  • Hinge: Satin Nickel Radius Door Hinge, by Everbilt
  • Cabinet knob: Stainless Steel Bar Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Coat hook: Ruavista Satin Nickel Coat and Hat Hook, by Liberty
  • Cabinet pull: Cottage Stainless Steel Cabinet Pull, by Hickory Hardware
  • Faucet: Traditional Single-Handle Bar Faucet in Arctic Stainless, by Delta
  • House number: Charter Flush-Mount Steel Number, by The Hillman Group
  • Floor register: Brushed-Aluminum Floor Register

Polished Brass

Hardware Looks to Inspire: Polished Brass

Polished brass is a tried-and-true finish that never goes out of style. It’s warm and luxurious, so pairs well with cooler tones in marble or limestone. Brass is also the world’s oldest finish, making it a natural fit for traditional homes; here we gave it a modern twist by using unique shapes and hard angles.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Ashen Tan, by BEHR
  • Tile: Tranquil Stone Limestone Mosaic Wall Tile, by Jeffrey Court
  • Latch: Bedford Brass Matchbox Door Latch, by Martha Stewart Living
  • Cabinet pull: Bedford Brass Awning Cup Pull, by Martha Stewart Living
  • Faucet: Devonshire 2-Handle Low-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Vibrant Polished Brass, by KOHLER
  • House number: Classic Polished Brass Number, by Whitehall Products
  • Coat hook: Polished Brass Ball End Coat and Hat Hook, by Liberty
  • Cabinet knob: ConquestPolished Brass Cabinet Knob, by Hickory Hardware
  • Door knob: Addison Collection Bright Brass Andover Keyed Entry Knob, by Schlage

Champagne Bronze

Hardware Looks to Inspire: Champagne Bronze

Champagne bronze is a new take on traditional bronze fixtures, but just as versatile. It’s comfortable in many different decor styles, including modern, coastal and even arts and crafts. Re-do your whole room with champagne bronze hardware for an elegant look that’s not fussy. Or add in some of the warmth of champagne bronze to update and balance cooler chrome or nickel fixtures.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Gray Ashlar, by BEHR
  • Tile: Dart White Carrara and Thassos Marble Mosaic Tile, by Splashback Tile
  • Faucet: Dryden Bathroom Faucet in Champagne Bronze, by Delta
  • Towel ring: Trinsic Towel Ring in Champagne Bronze, by Delta
  • Cabinet knob: Mandara Champagne Bronze Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Coat hook: Champagne Bronze Scroll Edge Hook, by Liberty
  • Cabinet pull: Square Champagne Bronze Cabinet Bar Pull, by Liberty
  • Cabinet pull: Taryn Champagne Bronze Ring Pull, by Liberty

Brushed Nickel Updated

Hardware Looks to Inspire: Brushed Nickel Updated

Brushed nickel is another finish that never goes out of style, but you can still update the look with newer shapes and lines. Since brushed nickel is so versatile, you can have fun mixing curves, straight lines and details. We kept the overall “temperature” cool in this mood board with sophisticated shades of gray in the quartz and glass mosaic tile and the Sterling Oak vinyl flooring. As this finish plays well off of the personality of the accents around it, you can also easily warm it up by choosing a brighter paint color or deeper stain for the wood floor.

Seen in This Mood Board


Venetian Bronze

Hardware Looks to Inspire: Venetian Bronze

Venetian bronze is similar to oil-rubbed bronze, but often with more prominent copper undertones that give it a slightly warmer look. It’s comfortable in many architectural styles depending on the shapes and forms of the hardware you choose. Straight, geometric lines tend to work well with modern decor or craftsman style. Look for softer lines for the traditional, classic style of cottage style decor. We stuck with all Venetian bronze in this mood board, but it pairs well with nickel or champagne bronze.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Paint color: Kyoto Pearl, by BEHR
  • Tile: Rustico Brick Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile, by MS International
  • Door lock: Sense Aged Bronze Camelot Trim Smart Deadbolt, by Schlage
  • Faucet: Charmaine Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet in Venetian Bronze, by Delta
  • House number: Distinctions Flush Mount Bronze Finish Number, by The Hillman Group
  • Cabinet pull: Venetian Bronze with Copper Highlights Melrose Cabinet Pull, by Liberty
  • Door knocker: Distressed Oil-Rubbed Bronze Ring Door Knocker, by Baldwin
  • Bath hardware: Porter 3-Piece Bath Accessory Kit in Oil Rubbed Bronze, by Delta
  • Floor register: Steel Floor Register, Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Anything Goes

Hardware Looks to Inspire: Mixed Metals and Finishes

Eclectic, mix-and-match and breaking the rules are the new norm. You can make up your own unique mix of finishes by following a couple of simple rules: Keep it balanced and intentional. If you’re mixing two finishes, keep the ratio around 60/40 or 50/50. If you’re playing with three finishes, make each finish about a third of the total. And keep shapes and lines cohesive, so there’s something to anchor the design.

Seen in This Mood Board

  • Handleset: Georgian Aged Bronze Addison Trim Single Cylinder Handleset Knob, by Schlage
  • Handleset: Sense Smart Deadbolt Matte Black with Century Handleset and Latitude Lever, by Schlage
  • Door knobs: Brandywine Stainless Steel Passage Knobset, by Defiant
  • Hinge: Satin Nickel Radius Door Hinge, by Everbilt
  • Cabinet knob: Mandara Champagne Bronze Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Cabinet knob: Satin Nickel Double Beaded Cabinet Knob, by Liberty
  • Cabinet knob: ConquestPolished Brass Cabinet Knob, by Hickory Hardware
  • Cabinet pull: Square Champagne Bronze Cabinet Bar Pull, by Liberty
  • Cabinet pull: Bedford Brass Awning Cup Pull, by Martha Stewart Living
  • Towel ring: Venturi Towel Ring in Brushed Nickel, by Pfister
  • House number: Charter Flush-Mount Steel Number, by The Hillman Group
  • House number: Distinctions 5 in. Elevated Black Number, by The Hillman Group

Browse The Home Depot’s Hardware Section for the latest styles in knobs, cabinet and drawer pulls, handle sets and more.

Follow our Bathroom Design Ideas board on Pinterest for hardware looks for your bathroom.

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