1. Kick the Cabinet

Hardware is usually mounted to cabinets, but other options abound. Create key or coat racks for living rooms or mudrooms. Using tones and finishes found in adjacent rooms ties the spaces together.

2. Play With Size

Many hardware collections include longer-length pulls. They’re obvious choices for large-scale drawers or appliances, but Kolacz suggests using them as a unique selection for upper cabinets. Consider non-traditional placement or orientation, too.

Homeowners love open floor plans for their usability and flow, but coordinating finishes and fixtures across adjoining spaces can be challenging. Together, hardware manufacturer Amerock and designer Erik Kolacz offer tips that make the process easier.

3. Finishing Touches

Kolacz says flow of finishes takes priority over matching. Stainless steel appliances don’t demand silvery hardware. Instead, pull tones from flooring or tile. Still stuck? Try mixed-material hardware that has multiple tones to choose from.

—Lauren Hunter, senior editor, REMODELING.