Although it may seem a simple thing to consider, choosing the right knobs and pulls for your cabinets plays a huge part in kitchen convenience and comfort. The best knobs and pulls make it easier to access the contents of your cabinets while adding the perfect aesthetic touch to your overall design. So what should you consider when shopping for your knobs and pulls?
Are You Going for Knobs or Pulls?
Actually, there’s no true standard as to when you should pick whichever, but ideally, knobs are more fitting for doors while pulls are better for drawers. It is undoubtedly much more convenient and comfortable using pulls for opening drawers as this allows you to have a full grasp on it. However, you can opt to use all pulls or all knobs, depending on your own personal preference and your kitchen design. You’ll find many traditional kitchens utilizing only knobs and many modern or contemporary kitchens which utilize only pulls. Whether you choose one or the other or a combination of the two, make sure you choose the design and style that makes your kitchen experience simpler.
The Right Shape – Curved or Quadrate?
When considering the shape of your knobs or pulls, you should choose a style that best compliments your kitchen’s overall design. Take note of your countertop edges and cabinet styles – is your kitchen design characterized by the curved edges of traditional designs, or the sharp, square angles of more contemporary styles? Traditionally, curved knobs and pulls fit best with raised panel doors while quadrate designs are more appropriate for flat panel doors. However, none of these are design rules that are set in stone. Express yourself! You may choose to go the more eclectic route and mix and match design styles. If this is what makes you happy, by all means, go for it!
Again, when deciding on your finish it’s best to complement the existing designs you already have. If you already have a stainless steel or chrome faucet, for example, then you may want to keep your cabinets and pulls in the same family. If you already have bronze or brass fixtures, you may also want to use similar hardware. Whether you choose a brushed, matte, or metallic also depends on the style of your kitchen and how pronounced you want your hardware to be. There are also other non-metal options, such as all-black or other funky-colored knobs that can add life and excitement to your kitchen. If you want it to be fanciful, you can opt for unconventional animal-shaped, fruit-shaped or jeweled knobs and pulls that project novelty and will create a fantastic kitchen theme. However, be sure to keep comfort in mind. Avoid choosing novelty hardware that will be uncomfortable to handle on a regular basis.
In the case that you change your mind, make sure to find out if the store consents to an exchange/return policy. For this, you will probably need to keep the receipt for your proof of purchase.
With all of these factors in mind, you’re now ready to purchase your knobs and pulls! Aesthetics and style are usually what first comes to mind when choosing knobs and pulls, but comfort and convenience are important, too. If you find yourself still confused about what to choose, try freeing yourself of the rigid expectations of hard and fast design rules – don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through!