First there was stainless steel, then aged brass, but now, whether the style is Scandinavian or modern, it seems that every knob, handle and knob is matte black. Of course, like any trend, the cycle must (eventually) continue. And while we don’t think people will get enough of the clean look anytime soon, we can’t wait to hear what they’ll try in their next project. To satisfy our curiosity, we called on four designers to give us their predictions on the future of the material. Hint: There may not be any at all.
The hidden material
Access to soft-closing mechanisms for drawers and doors is increasingly pushing designers and consumers to completely eliminate the use of any hardware. While using knobs and pulls can be an aesthetic highlight in a space, removing the hardware creates a different kind of visual statement, one that showcases the details, materials, and colors of the furniture itself. —Ahmad AbouZanat, A-Z project
The silver side
Everything is allowed in terms of materials for the moment. I think people are a little tired of seeing brass everywhere. I have looked at pewter finishes and am even doing a bathroom and kitchen in nickel instead of brass. —Sharon Rembaum, Rambaum interior design
Brushed nickel or chrome is such a timeless and classic material to incorporate into a space. Paired with bold tile or stone and cabinetry in darker tones, it allows for contrast to make the hardware pop! —Leslie Murphy, Maude Murphy Interiors
As for the hardware, we love using a gunmetal finish. It offers an interesting depth between the color of black and bronze. Its warmth works particularly well against a backdrop of raw materials, for example, a cast iron panel in our recently completed project, the Market Building, for bathroom brand Coalbrook in London. —Na Li, co-founder, Holloway Li