All kitchens benefit from adding appropriate hardware; in fact, sometimes painting cabinet fronts and switching out the hardware is all the renovation that’s needed!
So many period-influenced styles of hardware are available today, in all price ranges. Old-fashioned bin pulls, familiar in Victorian- and Arts & Crafts-era kitchens, come in iron, brass, nickel, and bronze, and in designs from basic to ornate. Bronze, iron, and copper reproductions may be right out of The Craftsman magazine, or mimic rustic twigs or Japanesque bamboo. Early American or colonial styles are still in vogue, with much of this work coming from the blacksmith’s forge. Neoclassical motifs fit a wide range of homes. Stylish and colorful are hardware styles from the early and mid-20th century, which include Art Nouveau cloisonné (true house jewelry!), Depression glass knobs, Fiesta-colored ceramics, and Streamline drawer pulls.
You may choose to match hardware to lighting fixtures, or mix it up. Antiqued brass or bronze lighting looks good with nickel faucets and cabinet hardware in a bungalow, for example.