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Handles 101: Top Tips for Selecting Kitchen and Wardrobe Handles

by MeeraMore - on June 29, 2024

For so many of us, designing our home is the ultimate dream. You get to set things up just as you like them, right down to the minutest details. One such detail that comes up when you delve into the nitty gritty of home design, is the selection of handles for your kitchen and wardrobe cabinets.

While one might neglect this decision as a trivial one in the grand scheme of things, it is ultimately the tiny details that bring the most amount of character to a space and tie an interior aesthetic together into a space that one would love to come home to. To ease you along this simple but essential step of selecting the best choice of handles, we’ve compiled a list of parameters to consider when browsing through available items. Not only can you find a catalog of door handles online at our website, but you can also arrange a visit to truly get a feel for what you’re including into your home.

 

1. Consider the color and material
The most obvious parameter that immediately jumps to mind is the physical attributes of the handle: the color, the material, the shape, the dimensions, and so on. You can opt for a neutral color like black, white, or beige that blends humbly into its surroundings, and allows visual relief in a chosen space. Or, if you’re a more adventurous type, you can opt for a bright jewel toned, or neon bright color that adds a statement value to your interior.

Depending on your space, you can opt for a sleek and modern stainless steel handle, or an ornate, hand carved wooden piece. The choice of material should be considered keeping in mind what feeling you want a space to convey as one experiences the physical sensation of the handle being used in your daily routine. You can browse through our catalog of wooden handles online among other options to get an idea of the variety available in stores.

 

2. What style best compliments your space?
Depending on the design aesthetic you have chosen for your space, your choice of handle designs can automatically be narrowed down to adhere to a certain sensibility.
For instance, a modern and minimalistic space would best be complemented by a sleek handle made of a material like stainless steel.
On the other hand, a more classical design approach would be better suited to a more ornate option, such as one made of wrought iron.

You can also choose to subvert design conventions by opting for an ornate option in an otherwise contemporary space, or vice versa. However, this needs to be done with great thought and consideration, as too much of the same can lead to a space looking chaotic and haphazard. Done right, however, your interior space will be the talk of the town!

 

3. How to achieve optimum efficiency?
As wonderful as it is to consider the various benefits that the beauty of a design may bring us, it is essential to consider foremost the functionality of such an object. Because at the end of the day, a handle may be the loveliest thing that can be imagined, but it is a poor handle if it cannot accomplish the one thing it was made for: opening up a door.

Luckily for us, with the arrival and subsequent development of modern techniques of production and craftsmanship, functionality has become a nearly unspoken aspect of every design.

Nevertheless, for a functional space like a kitchen, it is important to consider the purpose served by each cabinet and the type of handle best suited to make that function as efficient as possible. For instance, a cabinet that swings upward might require a different style of handle than one that swings sideways.

 

4. How long will they last?
Another essential aspect in your selection, is the expected life of your chosen product. No one would want their handles to start falling apart after the barest of uses. This is why you should always try to budget for good quality products. While this may seem like a larger expense initially, in the long run it will prove to be cost effective as it eliminates the need for repairs and replacement.

Pro tip: just to be on the safe side, it is always recommended to purchase a few extra pieces of your handles, in case of any repairs needed in the future. In this instance, modern handles and their prices are much easier on the pocket, and also tend to be readily available.

 

5. Asses the required maintenance
In an ideal world, you would need to buy a set of handles once and be done with it, but in reality, like any other material object, handles will also require some level of maintenance and upkeep. This is something you should keep in mind when purchasing handles for your interior space. Maintenance can include anything from cleaning to polishing, to tightening and modifying.

This also means you should opt for a type of handle that suits the environment it needs to inhabit. For example, wooden handles would be ill-advised in a kitchen because the environment is one that will require constant maintenance and upkeep. Instead, stainless steel is much better suited to such a space.

 

6. Consider the consistency across multiple variations
Depending on the space, you may want to include a variety of styles of handles and knobs in a single space. In this case, you would want to explore a range that offers a sense of consistency across various styles. If that is unavailable, you might just be tasked with curating a cohesive selection of handles for your space.

In this case, you would be best advised to do some market research, and gather a range of options from multiple sources. You can play around with selections, for instance, adding a knob into a range of traditional handles as feature piece. You can browse our collection of handles and knobs online to get an idea of the available options. 
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