Published on August 18, 2020

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Between her cast-iron Dutch ovens and meticulously organized pantry, there’s already a lot we know and love about Chrissy Teigen’s kitchen. But while scrolling through her Instagram Stories recently (it’s our Netflix), we noticed a small detail we hadn’t before: Her lower cabinets are refreshingly devoid of hardware. Instead, recessed grooves lined with a simple brassy material give off a minimalist look. 

We’ve been seeing the no-hardware cupboard trend more and more, and with each sleek panel, we grow more attached to the idea of ditching clunky pulls. Style aside, picking out knobs (particularly if they’re vintage) isn’t always affordable—some sets can put you back hundreds of dollars. If you’re renovating, consider going au naturel, at least partially. Teigen mixed and matched hers, opting for some simple handles for the nearby upper units. 

 

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It may be a pared-back style, but there’s no shortage of ways to make this trend feel custom. Take a page from 2LG Studio, which regularly peppers its colorful kitchens with round cutouts where the hardware should be. If you want to dress up IKEA fronts, head to Reform to check out its geometric Degree door, which features a discrete little nook in the upper corner. Or go two-tone. Plykea’s Formica fronts come in every hue under the rainbow, with a little strip of plywood peeking out for some contrast. No one ever said minimal had to be boring. 

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