If you always fancy a crisp, polished, and minimalist look, you should go for the combination of white cabinets and black hardware.
We all know that black and white is a classic combination that will never be out of style. Most designers usually choose a classic door style for the cabinets to pair it with black hardware.
- Glazed Ivory White Cabinets with Black Hardware in a Transitional Kitchen
- White Shaker Cabinets with Black Hardware that Matches the Soapstone Top
- Seed Pearl White Cabinets with Black Brass Hardware
- Snowcap White Cabinets with Black Glass Hardware
- Tudor Kitchen with White Cabinets with Black Hardware from Ashley Norton
- White Recessed Panel Cabinets with Black Hardware from Hardware Resources
- White Dove Cabinets with Black Hardware that Matches the Honed Granite Top
- White Beaded Inset Cabinets with Matte Black Hardware in a Traditional Kitchen
- White Flat-panel Cabinets with Black Pulls and Knobs from Restoration Hardware
- Cottage Style Kitchen with White Cabinets and Black Oiled Bronze Hardware
- Classic Kitchen with White Cabinets and Black Unlacquered Hardware
- Transitional Kitchen with Crisp White Kitchen and Black Brushed Satin Nickel Hardware
- Polished Kitchen with Creamy White Cabinets and Black Hardware to Create Contrast
- White Glass Front Cabinets with Black Hardware and Wood Top for a Vintage Look
- Tuscan Kitchen with Resene Black White Cabinets and Black Wrought Iron Hardware
- Frequently Asked Questions about White Cabinets and Black Hardware
The black hardware itself can vary from matte black to metallic.
Dark hardware like this will create a nice contrast to the white cabinets. It also serves well for trends, decorations, and appliances. You can create many design styles without renewing your cabinets by adjusting your cabinet hardware.
For types of cabinets’ door style, interior designers usually select a shaker door style to be painted in white color. Because white shaker cabinets can last even though the homeowners change the taste.
Combining white shaker cabinets with black hardware can help you recreate your kitchen (or any other room)’s style.
Below, there are 15 pictures showing white cabinets and black hardware that will give you some inspiration:
1. Glazed Ivory White Cabinets with Black Hardware in a Transitional Kitchen
These recessed panel cabinets were painted in ivory white, which is basically a custom color mixed on-site. It is also glazed to achieve this look.
To create a contrast, black hardware was added. It seems that the pulls are from Deltana, a black oil-rubbed bronze pull.
It would be better to use pulls instead of knobs for recessed panel cabinets because the rectangular shape of the panels perfectly matches the dimension of the pulls.
The hinges are also oil-rubbed bronze in black color. They are provided by the cabinet company, with a slightly different finish. The finish may be different from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you want to get similar hinges like this, you can find ones at Richelieu Hardware.
The combination of white cabinets and black hardware, paired with white subway tile backsplash and black-colored classic sconce, create a nice transitional look to this kitchen.
2. White Shaker Cabinets with Black Hardware that Matches the Soapstone Top
These are classic shaker cabinets that would be very pretty if painted in white.
These white shaker cabinets have been nicely combined with black hardware to create a classic contrast look. There are two types of hardware used, pulls and knobs.
It seems that the pulls here are bin pulls. You can find them easily at Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. Even less costly retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Target also provide bin pulls.
Using bin pulls and knobs like this will give your white shaker cabinets more characters.
The black color also matches the dark soapstone countertop perfectly. Even the farmhouse sink is in black color. What a perfectly blended black and white color. It delivers a polished and sleek look to this traditional kitchen.
3. Seed Pearl White Cabinets with Black Brass Hardware
This is another white cabinet and black hardware that matches the black countertop.
The beaded inset cabinets were painted in Pratt & Lambert – “Seed Pearl” and created by Cook & Cook Cabinetry.
The black hardware you see here is Horton Brasses with a Dark Antique finish. The hardware types are bin pulls, similar to the previous picture, and a 15” towel bar.
The black hardware matches the dark countertop, which is black-honed granite, and the dark tone wood floor. It seems that the black color elements here are the floor, the tops, and the hardware, while the white element is only the cabinetry and the windows’ trim.
The black and white colors are perfectly balanced here, creating a lovely traditional look.
4. Snowcap White Cabinets with Black Glass Hardware
Instead of black and white, this kitchen features an all-white design that is combined with a medium-tone wood floor.
The cabinets are painted maple with no glaze. They were painted in Valspar – “Snowcap White”.
In order to accentuate the crisp white cabinets, the designer added black hardware on them. The thin and classic pulls, along with the hinges, are in a polished black color. However, there are also some knobs that look more metallic instead of black.
Using two different types of hardware like this is a great way to accessorize your cabinets, especially if you use white for most of your furniture pieces. The hardware will create a lovely contrast.
The designer also matched the black hardware with honed black granite countertops in a matte finish. The result is a nice-looking traditional kitchen.
5. Tudor Kitchen with White Cabinets with Black Hardware from Ashley Norton
White cabinets and black hardware combinations are not only for a traditional kitchen, but they can also be perfect for a Tudor kitchen like this.
The noticeable difference between black hardware and white cabinets in traditional kitchens with the other designs are, in traditional kitchens, usually, the designer matches the black hardware with similarly black tops.
In this kitchen, the countertops are Emperador Light Marble, which accentuates the white cabinets instead of matching the black hardware.
The cabinetry itself is a custom-design product from Casa Verde Design. It was painted in Farrow & Ball – “White Tie”. The black hardware is from Ashley Norton.
There are several types of hardware here, usual pulls, knobs, and decorative pulls. The decorative pulls were used horizontally and vertically, carefully selected to enhance the Tudor design in this kitchen.
6. White Recessed Panel Cabinets with Black Hardware from Hardware Resources
These recessed panel cabinets are from Mid Continent Cabinetry and painted in Antique White color with a chocolate glaze.
They are combined with black hardware from HardwareResources. The upper cabinets feature simple black knobs, while the base cabinets use elegant black pulls (even though one cabinet’s door on the left seems to have a knob, which looks out of place).
Instead of matching the countertop with the black hardware, the designer matched it with the wall color.
The countertop is Tan or Tropic Brown granite, while the wall was painted in Sherwin Williams – “Autumnal” SW6361 color. Both are in a different shade of brown, but they do complement each other.
The white cabinets and black hardware seem to stand alone here, which means that they aren’t matched with anything.
The black and white color combination is only used to create a contrast, not to be matched with any element.
7. White Dove Cabinets with Black Hardware that Matches the Honed Granite Top
This is another traditional kitchen that features white cabinets, a black countertop, and black hardware to match the countertop.
The cabinets look perfectly white; it seems they were painted in Benjamin Moore – “White Dove OC-17”. The black hardware blends seamlessly with the honed granite countertop in absolute black color.
The designer used bin pulls and knobs for the hardware. The bin pulls are used for the drawers, while the knobs are for the cabinets’ doors.
The contrasting black and white deliver a classic look, perfectly balanced. The white cabinets match the white backsplash, while the black hardware matches the black top.
The yellow glow from the lights around softens the look, while the polished medium tone wood accentuates the look.
8. White Beaded Inset Cabinets with Matte Black Hardware in a Traditional Kitchen
This vintage kitchen features white beaded inset cabinets that were painted in Holiday Kitchens – “Savannah”.
The white doesn’t look bright. It has a creamy touch in it, which is perfect if you want to pair it with a wooden floor like this, so the contrast won’t be too drastic.
The black hardware is matted. The designer used bin pulls and knobs for the cabinetry. The bin pulls are used for the drawers, while the round knobs are meant to open the cabinets’ doors.
Instead of matching the matte black hardware with the countertop, the designer selected a top that blends with the cabinets.
There is no detailed information about the top, but it is very similar to Persia Pearl or Delicatus, a variety of Picasso countertop.
The oak flooring in a light tone enhances the classic look, along with the ceiling fan and antique clock on the wall.
9. White Flat-panel Cabinets with Black Pulls and Knobs from Restoration Hardware
This farmhouse kitchen features flat-panel cabinets with Pendleton doors and is painted in soft white cream color.
The white cabinets blend seamlessly with the white marble countertops, white subway tile backsplash, and white window trim. The black hardware is meant to contrast this all-white design.
It seems that the black color is not used to balance the white color. It is there just to accentuate the white. You can see it from the minimal use of black here.
The black hardware only matches the hanging racks on the wall and the black border on the wall.
The elegant hardware and minimalist pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware. They deliver a subtle contrast look to this polished kitchen.
10. Cottage Style Kitchen with White Cabinets and Black Oiled Bronze Hardware
This is a traditional kitchen with a touch of cottage style. It features shaker cabinets which were painted in sateen white color and black hardware from Restoration Hardware and finished in oiled bronze.
The hardware is pulls and knobs, but in a slightly bigger size than the usual hardware you’ve seen above. The knobs are in a square shape instead of round, which is actually unique and whimsical. Those pulls and knobs deliver a cottage look perfectly.
Like in any traditional design, the black hardware here matches the black countertop. If you are wondering, the tops are honed black granite with a leather (antiqued) finish.
The medium tone wood floor accessorizes the black and white combination nicely. It serves as an accent element that softens the “harsh” black and white combination.
11. Classic Kitchen with White Cabinets and Black Unlacquered Hardware
The thing that catches your attention the most from this picture must be the hardware.
This is one-of-a-kind black hardware that is meant to accentuate a traditional kitchen, providing a unique feature.
The hardware was carefully selected from the Schaub Artifex Collection Britannium. It is in dark distressed pewter, living finish, and unlacquered. For an alternative, you can go for Rocky Mountain pulls from Rustica Hardware.
The bin pulls used for the drawers in the base cabinets, while the round knobs are supposed to open the upper cabinets’ door (and some in the base cabinets too).
The bigger size of the hardware makes it impossible to go unnoticed. That is why this is a perfect choice if you want to create a drastic contrast look to your white cabinets.
The white recessed panel cabinets are made of reclaimed heart pine with a brushed wire finish. They are also equipped with a honed stone counter in “Jet Mist” color, which is meant to match the black hardware.
12. Transitional Kitchen with Crisp White Kitchen and Black Brushed Satin Nickel Hardware
These white recessed panel cabinets are completed with two types of hardware, pulls and knobs. All of them are from Cliffside Hardware.
They are oil-rubbed bronze and brushed satin nickel in black color, which is a perfect choice to contrast the white cabinets. The pulls appear to be an 8” center, while the knobs are 1,25”.
The pulls here indeed seem larger than usual pulls used. Yet, this can be a great selection if you want to make your hardware stand out against the cabinets.
The countertops here are polished marble in white color to match the cabinetry instead of the hardware. It appears that the black hardware is meant to accentuate and contrast the white cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, and white marble countertop. Those colors and materials are ideal for designing a transitional kitchen.
13. Polished Kitchen with Creamy White Cabinets and Black Hardware to Create Contrast
If you want to create a simple and minimalist design, you can go for this look.
This kitchen features shaker cabinets that were painted in Sherwin William – “Creamy White”.
The white elements in this kitchen, from the cabinets to the countertops, create a bright look, especially they are also combined with wide walls over the sink. What a warm and inviting kitchen.
The black hardware doesn’t look too presenting. They are smaller sizes of pulls and knobs. It seems that the designer didn’t want to create a bold contrast and a statement from the hardware.
This is an ideal inspiration if you want to achieve a minimalist yet elegant look.
The wood floor and wood top of the island enhance the traditional look of this kitchen.
Wood indeed is the safest option to combine with the black and white color palette. You can never go wrong with wood, which is a timeless element that is able to soften the white cabinets and black hardware.
14. White Glass Front Cabinets with Black Hardware and Wood Top for a Vintage Look
This white kitchen doesn’t look too sterile and intimidating, thanks to the yellow glow from the recessed ceiling lights.
The black hardware on the cabinets is almost invisible, because, similar to the previous picture, this kitchen also looks simple and elegant, so the accessories are not meant to look stand out.
However, the black hardware comes in two types: pulls and knobs.
It seems that the pulls here are decorative ones. The decorative pulls are used for the drawers. Even though they are not grande and big, the ornamented pulls managed to give an elegant look to this traditional kitchen.
The round knobs are used to open the cabinets’ doors of the upper and base. There are also hinges and longer pulls (handles) for the fridge’s door.
All of the hardware seems to be carefully selected to be functional and a subtle decoration too.
15. Tuscan Kitchen with Resene Black White Cabinets and Black Wrought Iron Hardware
This is a Tuscan kitchen with a sharp contrast of black and white color combination.
The white recessed panel cabinets are basically Resene Black White color, which delivers a crisp, sleek, and bright look to any kitchen.
Apart from the dark tone wood floor that gives an elegant look and black honed antique brown granite countertop, the contrasting color in this kitchen comes from the hardware.
The black hardware looks simple yet stylish. There is no knob. The designer decided it would be prettier if he just used pulls vertically instead.
If you are wondering, the black hardware here is custom-made. It was custom-designed by Mal Corboy Design and made out of wrought iron.
Metal hardware like this will never fail to give you a stylish and modern look, especially when combined with a black polished top like this.
Even though matching tops and hardware is often related to traditional designs, if you use some specific materials and finishes, you can also achieve any style but traditional.
In this Tuscan kitchen, for instance, both the hardware and tops are in black color. Yet, the hardware is made of metal with a unique vertical design, while the tops are finished in a sheen look.
Metal, simplicity, and sheen are popular elements that are used to give a modern look. Thus, this kitchen has a touch of modernity in it.
16. Frequently Asked Questions about White Cabinets and Black Hardware
After looking at the pictures above, you might want to paint your cabinets in white color and change the hardware into black. But, before remodeling your cabinets, you can read some FAQs about white cabinets and black hardware:
What type of hardware looks best on white cabinets?
Actually, any type of hardware, from knobs to pulls, can give an aesthetically pleasing appearance on white cabinets.
The best thing about white cabinets is that they can be paired with any shape of knob and pull, depending on your kitchen’s style.
For a timeless look, you can opt for black oil-rubbed bronze to accessorize your cabinets.
Should I match the black hardware with the faucet?
Many of us think that the faucet in the sink should match the hardware. Yet, that’s not true.
You have total freedom to experiment in mixing and matching the finishes for a contrasting appearance. The only consideration you should have is functionality and efficiency in your kitchen.
Should I have a black countertop to go with white cabinets and black hardware?
In some pictures above, black countertops were chosen to match the black hardware. In fact, black countertops pair really well with black hardware on white cabinets because they complement each other.
Whether you choose glossy black or matte black hardware, it will work well alongside black tops. However, it all depends on the style you choose for your kitchen too.
Usually, black tops with white cabinets and black hardware combinations are perfect for a traditional or modern look, because the minimalist look can complement a conventional taste or modern design that always praises a simple yet elegant look.
Yet, if you prefer a rustic, Tuscan, or eclectic, or contemporary look, you can experiment with any tops you like.