Handles are hip
There would have been a time when kitchen handles would have been well down the priority list in items to select for a kitchen makeover – how things have changed! Kitchen handles are now far closer to the top of the list during a kitchen revamp.
Why has this happened? Well, for starters, there is so much more choice of finishes these days, but there has also been a push by interior designers and stylists that the humble kitchen handle can really add that wow factor to a new or remodelled kitchen.
So what do you want from your kitchen handles – apart from function and performance?
So how do you get a handle on kitchen handles?
Count them up
First, work out how many you need. It is amazing how they can quickly add up – even in a small kitchen.
Secondly, get design and style inspiration from catalogues, magazines, brochures and websites. Kitchen handles come in all sorts of materials and finishes and can really help to establish the style and mood of the space.
But, how do you know which handles to choose to suit your cabinets, particularly if you want something outside the box?
You may opt for a painted wood handle to sit comfortably in a country style kitchen. Or you may embrace a classic architectural handle which works well in any period kitchen. Many favour treated metal because of its wide range and versatility. Another popular choice is routed handles which means they are seamlessly integrated into the kitchen cabinetry allowing for a streamlined finish.
Make your selection
After you finally settle on a kitchen handle you feel works brilliantly for your space, ask yourself:
- Is it well made and functional?
- And will last the test of time when it comes to style?
It is interesting to note that if your budget only allows for a few tweaks to your kitchen, such as a fresh coat of paint and new kitchen handles, how a combination of the two can enhance the over look of the space in ways you never imagined! Yes, it can look a million dollars – for a fraction of the cost.