When planning the kitchen, all we think about are the countertop materials, the appliances, the layout of the space and the finish on your cabinet doors. Indeed, these elements are essential to keep your kitchen up and running, but hardware (handles and pulls) can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your kitchen as well. We are talking about the handles, knobs and pulls that go on your kitchen cabinets. And if you are bored of the existing decor of your kitchen, then replacing the cabinet handles can be a great way to spruce things up! Here’s some help on how to choose the right kitchen cabinet handles and pulls.
1. Decide on the style of handle
The style of cabinet handle you pick depends on the style of your kitchen. Traditional round knobs work well with wooden cabinets and vintage decor whereas, handles and pulls add a modern and contemporary vibe to the kitchen. However, you can always mix them up if you want to create a look of your own.
2. Analyze the quality and function
The key to a good handle is the quality and function of the piece. Well-designed, good quality handles will last a lifetime. Since you will use them regularly, they should be sturdy and functional. Make sure to try and test the handle and check the grip of the piece before making the purchase.
3. Consider the material and finish
Now that you have decided on the style of handle you will use in the kitchen; it is time to narrow down on the material and finish you want in it. If you like things coordinated, then consider the kitchen decor, lighting, and the color of your appliances before selecting one. However, if you don’t want things getting too matchy-matchy, then think of mixing handle styles to create a unique look. For instance, if you have stainless steel appliances, then opt for black handles to create a look that is as unique as you are!
4. Consider the style
These days, handles are available in different sizes, shapes, and styles. It depends on you whether you need to blend and match handle lengths or keep it same all through. If you want to maintain a cohesive look, opt for handles of similar lengths.
5. Positioning them correctly
The style of handle you choose impacts the installation of the piece. For instance, if you opt for knobs, then position them either in the bottom or top corner of the cabinet. For pulls, the bottom corner of the pull should be equidistant from both sides of the cabinet.
You can also opt for a ‘Push to open’ mechanism – a relatively new concept. A ‘push to open’ door eliminates the need for knobs and pulls. This mechanism is usually incorporated directly into the carcass of the cabinetry.