Considered the jewelry of the kitchen, handles can make or break your kitchen décor. They can add drama and flair or be completely invisible. Deciding on the right handles for your kitchen cabinets shouldn’t be rushed. Here are a few tips to help you decide what kind of handles are right for your new kitchen remodel.
The Right Size
Choosing the right size of door handles will depend on the weight of your cabinet door and the position of it in your kitchen. Lower cabinets usually require handles that are longer so that you have an easier time pulling them toward you. And since you typically pull lower drawers with your palms facing up, you might feel more comfortable choosing handles that fit all four fingers. For eye-level cabinets, your handles can be pulls or simple knobs. The doors are generally lighter, and since the cabinets are right in front of you, pulling them open isn’t difficult.
If that’s too much to remember, consider using knobs for doors and pulls for drawers.
You can find door handles in every size, shape, colour, and texture, which means you can probably find handles made out of anything you want. However, if you’re looking for something a little more accessible that statistically offers the highest value to your home, consider going with satin nickel, chrome, or bronze. Durable, easy to clean, and sophisticated, these finishes are modern and understated and likely won’t take away from the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Glass knobs are also a popular choice for lighter kitchen cabinets that add a subtle sparkle and shine.
A Pop of Colour
It’s no secret that monochrome is the most popular colour palette for kitchen décor. The cabinets, countertop, and backsplash tend to be shades of white, black, grey, or brown. If you want to add a pop of colour to your kitchen but prefer subtlety over flamboyance, why not choose bright or vibrant knobs or vintage floral knobs that add just a hint of colour without overwhelming the theme of your kitchen? Match your doorknobs with your placemats, table napkins, and countertop décor to piece everything together.
When Money Isn’t an Issue
A single doorknob may not seem that expensive. But if you multiply one handle by the amount you need to fill up your kitchen, you might be surprised by how expensive door handles can be. However, if you’re budget for door handles is quite healthy, you have a whole world of options available to you. Popular but expensive door handles include specialty materials, extra features or moving parts, such as knobs with back plates, Crémone bolts, novelty knobs, Swarovski crystal, and pewter.