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Choosing and Caring for Kitchen Handles - From Style Definition to Maintenance

Choosing and Caring for Kitchen Handles - From Style Definition to Maintenance

Choose the perfect kitchen handles that not only elevate your kitchen's aesthetics but also reflect your unique style. We understand that finding the ideal handles can be overwhelming, so we've crafted a step-by-step journey to help you throughout the process.

Ledge Oak Pull Kitchen Handle

1. Defining Your Style:
The first step in choosing kitchen handles is understanding your style preferences. Take some time to consider the overall aesthetic of your kitchen and your personal design taste. Are you drawn to sleek, modern aesthetics, or do you prefer the warmth of traditional and rustic elements? Look for inspiration in magazines, online platforms, and interior design blogs to help you discover what truly resonates with you.

Consider the existing colours and materials in your kitchen when defining your style. Are you aiming for a cohesive and harmonious look, or do you want your handles to be a focal point, adding a pop of colour or texture? Understanding your style will be the foundation for making decisions throughout the rest of the process.

2. Exploring Handle Options:
Discover the vast world of kitchen handles! Let's take a closer look at different handle types:

a) Knobs: Knobs are small and sometimes circular handles that are perfect for adding a touch of elegance and simplicity to your cabinets and drawers. They are available in various materials, such as metal, wood and ceramics, and can complement both traditional and contemporary kitchen designs.

b) Pulls: Pulls are elongated handles that offer a comfortable grip. They come in various lengths, and their sleek design can add a modern touch to your kitchen cabinets. Pulls are popular for larger drawers and pantry doors, providing ease of use and a polished look.

c) Handle Designs: If you're looking for something unique and distinctive, consider handles with special designs or motifs. From nature-inspired shapes to geometric patterns, these handles can become a conversation starter and a charming addition to your kitchen.

3. Finding the Right Fit:
Once you've identified your style and explored handle options, it's time to find the perfect fit for your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Here are some important factors to consider:

a) Proportions and Measurements: Ensure that the size of the handles complements the dimensions of your cabinets and drawers. Oversized handles on small doors may look out of place, while tiny handles on large drawers can be impractical. Measure carefully before making a purchase.

b) Material and Finish: Choose handle materials and finishes that align with your style and suit your kitchen's environment. For instance, stainless steel handles offer a modern look and are easy to clean, while brass handles can add a touch of vintage charm but require regular upkeep to keep them looking good.

c) Ergonomics: Handles should not only look good but also feel comfortable in your hands. Consider the shape and grip of the handle to ensure ease of use, especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

4. Installation Made Easy:
Don't fret about the installation process! Installing kitchen handles is a straightforward task that you can easily accomplish with some basic tools. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

a) Gather Tools: You'll need a measuring tape, screwdriver (either Phillips or flathead, depending on the screw type), and possibly a template or guide (like the one we sell here) to ensure accurate drilling.

b) Measure and Mark: Use a measuring tape to determine the handle's placement on the cabinet or drawer. Mark the spots where you'll drill holes for the screws.

c) Drill Holes: Carefully drill holes at the marked spots. If you're not confident with drilling, consider using a template to ensure precision.

d) Attach the Handles: Place the handle over the drilled holes and secure it with screws using the appropriate screwdriver.

5. Caring for Your Handles:
To keep your kitchen handles looking pristine and functioning flawlessly, proper care is essential. Here are some tips for maintaining different handle materials and finishes:

a) Stainless Steel Handles: Wipe them with a damp cloth regularly to remove fingerprints and stains. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that may scratch the surface.

b) Brass Handles: Periodically clean them with a damp cloth then buff the handles with a soft cloth to restore their shine.

c) Wooden Handles: Apply a coat of wood polish or wax to protect them from moisture and stains. Avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the wood.

6. Handle Customization:
Want to add a personal touch to your kitchen handles? Consider these creative ideas for customization:

a) Paint and Stain: Give wooden handles a makeover by painting or staining them in your favorite colors. You can also use stencils to add unique designs.

b) Mix & Match Style: Choose a few different styles of handles (that have the same finish e.g. brass) to mix and match the style of your handles throughout your kitchen. 

Congratulations on embarking on this journey to find the perfect kitchen handles! We hope our guide has provided you with valuable insights and inspiration to create a kitchen space that aligns with your style and needs. Remember, well-chosen and well-cared-for handles can make all the difference in transforming your kitchen into a beautiful and functional haven.

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