Would you put old fashioned, clunky buttons that were a bit tatty on a brand new designer dress? Or transfer your old car door mirrors off your beaten up old Citroen onto the sleek new lines of your brand new Audi? Of course you wouldn’t, because you know that when it comes to achieving that super-chic look the devil really is in the details.
The same applies to a kitchen refurbishment. Done right (and by professionals), a kitchen refurbishment can have all the style, sophistication and sheer quality of a full-on, bespoke kitchen refit. But skimp on the details and you instantly cheapen the overall look of your refurbishment. This is one corner that shouldn’t be cut.
Stick with the style
Another reason for taking a long, hard look at the handles when you commission a kitchen refurbishment is that the style of your new doors and drawers is invariably going to be different to your current design. So, for example, if you have a rather tired looking 1980s kitchen and are revamping the look to a traditional Shaker style with new doors and drawer fronts, there is simply no way that your existing handles will match with the style of your new doors.
Try telling yourself otherwise and you’ll stand a good chance of creating a real ‘nails down a chalkboard’ situation, where every time you walk into your kitchen you will know those handles just shouldn’t be there!
Rule number one…
So rule number one – detail is everything. Smooth, sleek brushed metal handles might work with glass and stainless steel modernism, but they certainly won’t work with a country cottage look. Turned wooden handles look perfect on a Shaker or traditional style kitchen refurbishment, but would look completely out of place in a contemporary or minimalist setting.
So wood or brass with wood, and steel with contemporary. Got it. But hang on, what if you want to go ‘quirky’? What if you just simply adore a particular type of handle but every fibre of your inner stylist screams no, no, for the love of Gok, no? Here’s the lovely thing about drawer and cupboard door handles – they’re usually (unless you go for solid gold) pretty cheap. So this is the one aspect of your kitchen refurbishment that you can afford to take a chance with, because swapping them over if you change your mind is probably the easiest thing in the world to do.
So don’t panic; just because you’ve fitted blonde pine wooden handles doesn’t mean you have to stick with blonde pine wooden handles. You can always try something else, and it won’t cost you a fortune. Those blonde pine wooden handles might come in handy somewhere else in the house.
Avoid ‘mix’n’match’ handles
However, whilst quirky can be fun, try to avoid mixing up your handles. Keep it consistent throughout the kitchen to tie the design together. If you have a wooden handle here and a brushed metal handle there, it won’t look ‘quirky’. It’ll just look like you made a mistake when you ordered your handles!