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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Renovate For Profit In 5 Easy Steps

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1. Refinish the floors

Ripping out carpet or old floor tiles is a large-scale improvement for maximum impact but not necessarily a cheap one.

‘Pull up the grungy carpet and put down a hard surface like laminate floorboards, or real timber if the budget allows, to radically change the property,’ says Cherie.

2. Spruce up with paint

‘It’s one of the most powerful ways to transform a property. Applying just one coat of fresh paint to ceilings brightens the space. For walls choose a modern, classic scheme.’

3. Update interior doors

When it comes to internal doors there’s no need to replace them.

Says Cherie, ‘There are lots of drab timber doors that simply need to be cosmetically refreshed with paint and a new handle. You don’t have to buy costly door handles as there are some really great fake clones.’

Cherie’s preferred door handle is a satin chrome finish in a straight, square design. ‘I don’t use polished chrome as it picks up fingerprints, a constant maintenance headache.

‘Don’t go for fancy handles because they date a property.

4. Turn up the lights

‘One of the first things I do is rip out the single pendant lights and install halogen or LED recessed downlighting. The objective is to lighten and brighten,’ says Cherie.

Find a compromise between halogens and the more expensive, dimmer yet eco-friendlier LED lights.

‘Use halogens in communal areas and LEDs for ambient lighting in quiet zones like bedrooms.’

 

5. Dress the windows

Installing window treatments is an essential home makeover job and important to get right.

‘They tend to detract from a light, bright and airy home. Blinds generally cost less and give a more modern look. The trend at the moment is for slimline venetians because they cost so little and you can simply buy them to install easily.

‘Match your fixtures and furnishings to your home, making them relative to the property’s worth.

‘If it’s a high-value home then choose white plantation shutters. If you have a low-value property then go for a slim venetian.

‘We wouldn’t put plantation shutters in a $200,000 property in the country but we would put them in a $2 million inner city home.’

Addition tips: choose various handles or knobs to beautify cabinet, kitchen or drawer for your home renovation that could let your home looks better and unique.

Igrab.com.au is an online handles and knobs store established in 2012 based on Sydney NSW, which is developed for those who are looking for handles and knobs for their homes or a renovation option. Here at igrab we pride ourselves on quality products, personal service and variety regardless of your budget or needs. https://www.igrab.com.au

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How to Select Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

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1.  Knob or Pull?

There are no strict rules to follow when choosing whether to select a knob or a pull, or both.

My preference is to use knobs for all doors.  And pulls for all drawers.  Any large door such as a pantry and any pull-out door (such as pull-out base pantries or trash pull-outs), use a pull.

It is much more comfortable to open a drawer using a pull.  This allows the whole hand to grab, instead of only your fingertips.  This is extremely helpful since drawers can get very heavy with all of our pots, pans, dishes, etc.

You can also stick to only knobs or only pulls.

The use of all knobs is a fad of many older kitchens.  Before there was a variety of hardware to select from.  I don’t recommend it now, because it can look dotty and generic.

The use of all pulls is a more contemporary look, but is also seen in more traditional kitchens with a more traditional pull style.

When deciding to use all pulls, you must consider how they will be mounted?  All horizontal (contemporary) or horizontal for drawers and vertical for doors.  If you choose the latter, find a pull that is not heavy, as this tends to add weight to a kitchen. Square Contemporary Pulls on all Drawers and Doors. Nicolette Patton, CKD

2.  Square or Curved?

Take note of your cabinet style, countertop edge, lighting fixtures and any other important design elements.  Do they have square or curved lines?

Choose hardware that is consistent with the type of lines in your design.

Examples of Square Cabinet styles = shaker, flat panel or any “modified” shaker door with a flatter, squared look.

Square style hardware can still be round in shape, with square contours.  These are more contemporary.

Examples of Curved Cabinet Styles = traditional raised panel doors, pillow-top doors, recessed panel doors with ogee edges or beads on the inside or outside profiles.

Curved style hardware has soft edges and more detail.  These are more traditional or transitional. Black Iron Knob and Pull Finish with Brushed Nickel Faucet. Nicolette Patton, CKD

 

3.  Finish

While most homeowners will choose chrome or brushed nickel, there are numerous other finishes available to add interest to your kitchen.

You don’t need to match to your faucet, as long as the finish compliments other finishes in the design, including the faucet.

Finishes that go well with a brushed nickel or brushed stainless faucet: antique pewter, bronze (light to dark), satin brass (this one can get tricky), oil-rubbed bronze, aluminum, black matte and rust.

Finishes that go well with a chrome faucet are more limited, such as: white, black, dark bronze, pewter or clear glass.

4.  Comfort

Personally try out the knob or pull before you purchase the entire kitchen.

Touch it, feel it, fit your hand inside the pull.  Does it fit?  Does it feel nice?  Or does it cram your fingers and feel sharp around the edges?

I have seen many beautiful pulls that I can only fit 2 fingers in comfortably.  You should be able to fit 4 comfortably.

When you grab the knob or pull, does it have pointy edges or ridges that press on your fingers?  That can get pretty annoying when you use them 1000 times per day.

Many companies, such as Top Knobs (one of my favorite hardware suppliers), offer a sample program where they will send you the knob or pull you are interested in, and only pay the shipping.

Try them out, it will be worth the extra research.

5.  Cost

 You get what you pay for!

Seriously!  There are a handful of companies that shall go un-named, that I will never suggest to you because they are hollow.  These are the inexpensive brands.  Their finishes are also sub-par and look cheap.

More about staying on budget.

Instead of going to the big-box stores or Target, look for hardware thru your local plumbing or cabinet showrooms, as they will have a larger variety and salespeople on hand to assist you.

A good price range for knobs is $6 – $10 and for pulls $7 – $12 and up.  Price is based on finish and design.  Solid stainless steel or bronze are going to be much more than my range.  The longer pulls will also run more in cost since there is more materials used.

Whatever you choose, always order a few extras just in case a screw breaks or the finish starts rubbing off.

Jewelry of the Kitchen

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen, so just like in a wardrobe, it must coordinate, be comfortable and enhance the design of the outfit. So before you buy, do your research, order samples and check finishes with your kitchen materials to get the perfect fit.

Source: http://kitchens.about.com/od/Materials/tp/How-to-Select-Cabinet-Knobs-and-Pulls.htm
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Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware (knobs or handles)

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We remodeled our kitchen five years ago, and I recall the initial difficulty of choosing the hardware for the space.  In the end, I chose knobs and pulls from three different suppliers and even though they are slightly different styles, they all work together because they share the same finish.

Kitchen cabinets rarely come with pulls or knobs so it’s a big decision left to the homeowner to choose a style and finish that works with the space.  A reader recently wrote to me asking about the process of choosing kitchen cabinet hardware.  Here are a few tips for making the final choice.

Contemporary kitchens look best with streamlined pulls, and sleek tubular or rectangular options are a perfect complement for this modern style. Old World inspired hardware works well in traditional or European style kitchens.

It’s important to consider the finishes on the light fixtures and appliances in the space.  There’s no need to match every finish, you can mix chrome with brushed nickel, or oil rubbed bronze with brass, just be sure the finishes will complement each other.  With white kitchen cabinets, the good news is that any of the available finishes for knobs and pulls will always look great!

Glass knobs are an often overlooked but stylish choice.  If you’re seeking to inject a dose of glamour in a kitchen, glass knobs are a classic option that also provide a little sparkle or playful color. With painted cabinets, just about any finish on hardware will look right.  Oil rubbed bronze, pewter, brushed nickel, and chrome are all classic finishes for colorful kitchen cabinets. The same is true for wood cabinets as well.  Choose pewter or chrome, oil rubbed bronze or nickel, even brass is making a comeback as a choice for kitchen hardware.

One no fail solution is to coordinate the finish on the hardware with the finish on the appliances.  Oil rubbed bronze or black knobs look fantastic with black appliances just as brushed nickel pulls work perfectly with stainless steel appliances.

It’s perfectly fine to mix styles of hardware too, and in those circumstances you can’t go wrong when you keep the finishes consistent.  In this classic kitchen, brushed nickel bin pulls on drawers are mixed with sleek contemporary pulls on the refrigerator panels.  If cabinet hinges are exposed, your hardware should share the same finish to keep the look cohesive. When hunting for hardware for your kitchen, the most important thing is to make choices that work with the style of your space, the appliances and fixtures, and to make selections that you will love for years to come.

Igrab.com.au is an online handles and knobs store established in 2012 based on Sydney NSW, which is developed for those who are looking for handles and knobs for their homes or a renovation option. Here at igrab we pride ourselves on quality products, personal service and variety regardless of your budget or needs. https://www.igrab.com.au

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