4. Think about finishes
Handles are often considered the final ‘finishing touch’ when designing a kitchen but choosing them should never be a last minute decision. This is particularly true when it comes to the choice of finish, which is not a decision that should be made in isolation. Not every single metal finish in the room needs to match perfectly but choosing a handle finish that works in harmony with other metal finishes nearby will result in a more cohesive, considered design. Light fittings, switches, sockets and even taps can all be used to inspire your choice of handle finish.
If you are starting from scratch, it helps to think in terms of warmth. Do you prefer the cool, crispness of a ‘cold’ metal like Polished Nickel, or the cosy, richness of ‘warm’ metals like brass? Also think about how much impact you want the handles to have on your cabinetry. A dark finish, like our deep Bronze, on light doors will stand out, while a finish that matches closely in colour, like our Polished Nickel or grey painted cabinets, will blend in.
Finally, consider the performance of each finish. Metal plated handles (such as nickel plated or PVD finishes) will not alter or change, whereas unlacquered ‘living finishes’ will patina naturally and continue to age alongside your home.
5. Plot positions
Before you buy, you’ll need to plan the position of each handle to calculate how many you need. Try to think about scale and proportion when positioning. For example, wide doors and drawers will suit wider handles, or perhaps two equally spaced knobs. The handle shouldn’t be dwarfed by the size of door, but nor should it overpower. At Corston, all our cabinet handles are carefully proportioned to suit kitchen cabinets and other household furniture.
If possible, order samples and hold them against your units or just a sample door, to see what looks best, and where, before placing a full order, or any holes are drilled. Alternatively, if you have a scaled plan of your cabinetry, and a scale ruler, you could also draw the handles in to get an idea of the best position.