When the hinge pieces are attached to the front side of a cabinet’s face and are completely visible, it is referred to as an exposed hinge. This type of hinge is the oldest and still sought-after by those aiming to achieve an antique look in their kitchen design. Exposed hinges are often more decorative, with a higher level of flourish and decoration, making them appealing beyond their functional use.

Typically, exposed hinges consist of three pieces: two wings and a pivot-point knuckle. The wings can have various designs and levels of ornate embellishment molded into them to enhance their visual appeal. Manufacturers often produce these hinges in matching sets with door handles, allowing the design of the exposed hinge to be matched with the overall aesthetic of the cabinetry’s details.