Get a Grip On Handles and Knobs from Classy to Brassy

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The recent trend of elegant and sleek minimalist furniture can leave cabinetry looking quite homogenous and, dare I say, a bit boring? Handles and knobs have been an integral feature of cabinetry and furniture as long as they’ve been in existence, but new styles have silenced them. The likes of touch-release catches have all but eliminated handles and knobs in rooms including the kitchen and bathroom. But whether the subtle punctuation in the sentence, or a grand statement, handles and knobs speak for themselves, and will definitely not become extinct. Let’s have a look at some of these stars and see if you can honestly live without them.

Matter of harmony
I love the semicircular handles in this elegantly designed bathroom. They harmonise with and continue the circular pattern and theme throughout the bathroom. Sourcing such unique handles shows absolute commitment to the overall theme and design. They complete the bathroom. Imagine the room without these classy handles – still sleek and classy, but way less original.

Keeping it quiet
Making a statement doesn’t have to be loud. In this striking kitchen by Scott Weston Architecture Design, the subtlety of the handles is beautifully balanced with the drama created by the contrasting colours and textures of the cabinetry. The handles serve as a functional element while also tying the foreground bench to the background cabinetry via continuity of line and finish.

Accentuating design
This contemporary cabinet by interior designer Greg Natale features geometric shapes, repeated in the mirror, chair and diamond drawer patterning. The circular handles complete the story set against the diamond pattern. Centred on the drawer face, the handles are a focal point. Additionally, the handles bring dimension to this lovely piece of furniture by projecting forward onto another plane. This projection and the repetition of the circular shape carries our eye from the round mirror in the background, across the top of the cabinet and down to complete the picture at the centre of the drawer face. Again, imagine the cabinet without the handles –nowhere near as much personality.

Time to function
The part of the cabinetry you will touch the most is the handle.
It is a really good idea to invest the time in testing your handle selections before purchasing. Make sure your handle projects far enough out from the cabinetry so that you can get a good grip on it, not just hold it in your fingertips. The more of your finger or hand you can get into or around the handle, the easier the door or drawer will be to open. Note that the heavier or larger the door or drawer, the more of a grip you will need.

BONUS TIP: People with limited mobility or dexterity generally find a well-constructed ‘D’ handle works best.

Source: http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/32091501/list/get-a-grip-on-handles-and-knobs-from-classy-to-brassy

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6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Handles for Your Kitchen Cabinets

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1. QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY
When choosing handles it is important to make sure they are good quality and are well designed. Think about how many times you open and close the cabinet doors and drawers in your kitchen. You will want your handles to be as comfortable as they are stylish.

Test out the handles you intend to buy. Hold one against your cabinet doors and check how easy they are to grip and how they feel in your hand. Also ensure the handles have the right grip for those using the kitchen – such as those with bigger hands or older people who may have arthritis in their fingers.

Finally, ask your supplier what material the handles are made from and what warranty they carry.

2. STYLE
Think about the overall style and feel you would like to achieve in your kitchen. The handles you choose have a big influence on the overall feel of your kitchen and can tip the style one way or another.

For the purpose of this story I have broken down kitchen styles into three main broad categories: contemporary, traditional and transitional.

3. THE FINISH
Once you have chosen the style of handles you would like, determining the finish will be a lot easier. Traditional handles, for example, are available in a huge variety of finishes – from stainless steel to brass, pewter and even black.

Consider other feature elements of your kitchen design when choosing the finish (and style) of your handles. These black handles look so sophisticated on the light grey cabinets – and the colour ties in with the black gas stovetop as well as the black tile grout.

4. SIZE
Some handles are available in various lengths. It’s really a personal choice and a matter of taste wether or not you mix handle lengths in your kitchen, however using the same length handle throughout, regardless of the length of the drawers you put them on, will create a less busy, more consistent look in the kitchen.

Try to go for an “in-between” length handle that won’t look too short on long drawers or too long on shorter drawers. If you’re not sure how long is right, ask your kitchen designer or a supplier to suggest a size they would recommend based on the size of the cabinets in your kitchen.

5. POSITION
Ask your cabinet-maker/kitchen installer not to put the handles on until all of your cabinetry has been installed. This will give you an opportunity to stand in your new kitchen and hold your handles against the cabinet doors and drawers to try out different positions and heights. The general rule is that handles are placed horizontally on pull-out drawers and vertically on doors.

If you are creating a contemporary, streamlined look in your kitchen you could consider placing the handles horizontally on your doors also – but try out the feel of this first because it doesn’t feel as natural as opening a door with a vertical handle.

Also, make sure the handles are placed in a position where they won’t hit one another when you open your cabinets – this is something your kitchen designer should also consider if you’re adding handles to a new kitchen.

6. TOTALLY NO HANDLES?
If you would like your kitchen to be super contemporary and streamlined, consider having no handles at all on your cabinetry. This kitchen has a recessed lip at the top of each door and drawer front which creates a channel that allows you to open them without handles.

Source: http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/30734212/list/6-factors-to-consider-when-choosing-handles-for-your-kitchen-cabinets

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Igrab.com.au is an online handles and knobs store, which is developed for those who are
looking for handles and knobs for their homes or a renovation option. https://www.igrab.com.au/
Here at igrab we pride ourselves on quality products, personal service and variety regardless of your budget or needs.