Get a Grip on Your Options
Having a "handle" on textures can make it easy to select the handle that's right for you. Major texture options include:
Distressed: The dented and scratched feel lends a classic look to Old World, country and farmhouse kitchens.
Hammered: This style of hardware has broad or narrow surface indentations produced or appearing to have been produced by hammering. Hammered knobs and pulls are a key element of Arts & Crafts homes.
Matte: This dull surface gives a dose of subtlety to your hardware. While matte antique brass, copper and statuary bronze knobs are perfect for period kitchens, chrome, satin brass and nickel serve contemporary spaces well.
Oil Rubbed: Typically done on bronze, oil-rubbed hardware's aged patina shows through a charcoal-colored finish.
Polished: With a mirror-like sheen, these smooth and glossy knobs literally shine. This bold look is well-suited for bar areas and bathrooms.
Satin: Resting between matte and polished options in terms of its sheen, satin hardware offers a bit more texture: expect a somewhat threaded look.