The smallest details are often the thing that make a big impact of any kitchen design and kitchen cabinet handles should not be overlooked or left to a last minute thought. They need to be aesthetically pleasing but they also need to be functional and reliable so quality will play a huge part in your decision.
The choices can seem quite overwhelming at first, but careful consideration should be given to not just the look in the kitchen but whether the style will flow from the rest of your home, even if the kitchen is a self-contained room. The style may be contemporary, traditional, or someplace in between. They come in a variety of finishes and materials which could essentially establish the mood and style of your kitchen.
So where do you start? Personal preference is very important when deciding on your choice of handles, your handles should be in keeping with the style of your kitchen, but they must also be comfortable to use too. Quality and functionality are important. The aesthetic look is what catches your eye, but the overall quality and how the handles are designed should reflect your choice, as they need to last and maintain their finish over the years.
There are no strict rules to follow, but taking note of your cabinet style, lighting fixtures and taps should reflect in your decision. You should consider the other metals in your kitchen to ensure the design works coherently. Cup handles and knobs are perfect for a classic style kitchen. They provide a very sophisticated look, that creates a traditional feel. While bar handles are suited to a more modern kitchen.
Is your ideal kitchen contemporary or modern? With slab style doors and drawers a simple handle will create a very sleek, and contemporary look. A bar handles or softly curved handles will create clean lines and style within the modern decor. Bar handles can offer a solution, and this is a popular handle choice within the market today, and suits almost any kitchen style, from traditional, to modern, to a minimalist approach. Depending on the length of the bar, it can reduce the amount of handles needed, great for people who love a more streamline design.
We work with companies such as Crofts and Assinder who specialise in the design and manufacturer of extraordinary kitchen cabinet handles and luxury fittings. In their 140 year history they have dressed furniture at London’s Ritz and Waldorf hotels, the White House in Washington, Parliament House in Buenos Aires and ships of the Cunard and White Star Line.
We are a registered supplier and installer of the Crofts and Assinder range of kitchen handles and knobs. All Crofts and Assinder products can be ordered directly through us. Crofts & Assinder have a rich and varied history, providing handles and decorative hardware to an array of customers worldwide. Sticking to their British roots they have remained in Birmingham for their entire 143 year history and remain a family business.
Established in 1875 George Crofts and Fredrick Assinder commenced trading as brass founders at the heart of British industry in Birmingham England. To this day, Crofts & Assinder has stood the test of time and remains in the same hands of the families that created the company at the outset. They endeavour to make the ordinary extraordinary, combining a unique blend of British heritage with timeless design and quality.
Another company who we work closely with is Hafele. Their UK presence is in Rugby, Warwickshire, launched in 1973, and in 2015 a collaboration with Sarah Beeney saw an impressive design of handles and knobs to add the finishing touches to your home. Hafele are a leading door handle company, who manufacture and source an impressive range of top quality handles and knobs. Their handle and knob range has been specially selected to cover a broad spectrum of styles from modern, vintage or classic.
With an array of different materials from nickel, glass, chrome and wood, to different styles and shapes, there is even an option of handless designs for you to consider, don’t be overwhelmed by this task, we can advise and help you to achieve your perfect look. For inspiration, look no further than our on trend rail handle design (shown above in copper) which is a very popular choice for a modern kitchen and available in 7 different colours with the option for matching plinths.
For more information on kitchen cabinet handles and help on how to create your dream kitchen, please contact us here to make an appointment.