Lighting and hardware form the visual backbone of the space, often determining what areas are highlighted in the room. A thoughtfully placed pendant or beautiful cabinet pull can single-handedly set the tone of the room even when idle. For a high-traffic area like the kitchen especially, the goal is to select pieces that will bring life to your home for years to come. With so many styles and types of lighting, selecting the perfect pairing for your space can be challenging. For those who are looking for some direction, we’ve put together a few no-fail combos to help.
Select a Style
Our pendants and hardware come with a variety of styles and finish options. While the piece you select will depend mainly on personal preference, different finishes will add different characteristics. As a general rule of thumb, brass or golden finishes add warmth to the room. Chrome, nickel, and black finishes make spaces feel crisp and modern.
Mix Beats Match: Factory Lighting + Heritage Hardware
We often get asked if all of the finishes in a room need to match perfectly. To that, we answer: absolutely not. Don’t be afraid to pair natural brass cabinet hardware with black pendants, surface mounts, or wall sconces. When it comes to home styling, mixing tones and eras can make a compelling interior statement. In the end, go with your gut — what you select should be a personal decision based on your aesthetic and intuition.
Modern + Neutral: Donna Collection + Minimal Hardware
The modern + minimal aesthetic has become increasingly popular over the last decade. And there's a good reason for it. The simplicity of this style can't be beat. We love how the black Donna Pendants and Edgecliff Pulls below contrast the crisp white walls of the kitchen below.
Traditional Reimagined: Princeton Collection + Brass Hardware
There's a reason why heritage lighting + hardware remain classics. While we've been seeing kitchens with warm wood and natural brass finish pairings, we've recently been loving the way brass details pair with color. The blue cabinets in the kitchen below work well with the modern silhouette of the pulls while tying in the different metal finishes throughout the space.
Mid Century Mood: Alabax Lighting + 1980s Inspired Hardware
For a playful touch, opt for lighting + hardware pairings with a distinct mid century modern feel. The kitchen below mixes modern touches (like the clean, white cabinets and counter tops) with 1980s-inspired details. We also love the creative use of color — the pop of Juniper green from the Alabax Surface Mount adds an unexpected touch while still feeling timeless.
While we hope this guide laid some helpful groundwork, we encourage you to experiment to see what works best for you. At the end of the day, your home is your place to play (and some of the most interesting spaces break all the design "rules"), so keep in mind that if you love the end result, it's a success.