Change Up Your Space with New Kitchen Cabinet Handles

A kitchen remodel is a big undertaking and its likely a homeowner will spend countless hours examining the options for countertops, appliances, flooring and cabinets. Choosing the cabinet handles might seem like a small decision, but just as in fashion the right jewelry makes an outfit, the kitchen cabinet handles you choose can dramatically change the look of your kitchen. In fact, you can give your kitchen a big update by changing out hardware like your kitchen cabinet handles and pulls.

The number of choices can be overwhelming because of all the shapes and styles available. Identifying the particular style of kitchen cabinet handle that you prefer can help you narrow down the choices.

Bar pulls are a very popular choice, particularly for contemporary or modern kitchens.  These type of cabinet handles can be had in a variety of lengths, driven by the size of your cabinets and your personal preferences. It’s also fine to mix various lengths of the same style on cabinets.

Modern and tapered at the ends, these are a sleek option.View in gallery
Modern and tapered at the ends, these are a sleek option.

Large bar kitchen cabinet handles do not have to be placed in the center or according to a traditional vertical placement along the edge.Here, Febal Casa shows how the bar pulls can placed at the bottom third across the entire wall of cabinets.

Febal Casa long horizontal singe handleView in gallery

If the cabinets are separated, a stylish option is to stack the bars horizontally near one another, leaving the larger expanse of cabinet unadorned by hardware. This type of placement helps maintain a more modern, clean-lined space ad is a good options for those who like handles on their kitchen cabinets, bit also prefer a sleeker look.

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Bar pulls that don’t taper toward the cabinet at the end tend to have a more rustic look, like these tat have a matte finish. If chosen in a shinier metal, they would have a more formal or glitzy appearance.

Towel bar kitchen cabinet handlesView in gallery

For those whose tastes run a little more to the avant grade, bar pulls can  be installed at an angle, either as a pair, or as individual kitchen cabinet handles. the look is very distinctive and unexpected, helping to differentiate basic wooden kitchen cabinets. These below are from Creo Kitchens of Italy.

Creo skewed cabinet handlesView in gallery

Choosing those angles kitchen cabinet handles in a color is a bold choice to add even more interest.

Tilted cabinet handlesView in gallery

This particular type of bar pull can be installed at the very top of a kitchen cabinet, almost like a ledge by which you can open the cabinet. It is another option for keep the main part of the cabinet free from hardware.

Long top kitchen cabinet door handlesView in gallery

For a modern kitchen, there are many unique choices of bar pulls that have interesting shapes or configurations. These are extra long, spanning nearly the entire length of the cabinet, with just a small space in the middle as mainly a design element. This one os from Nolte Kitchens.

Nolte long modern horizontalView in gallery

The orientation of the kitchen cabinet handles is entirely your preference. These handles are oriented vertically, with the small pull on the drawer placed directly above the longer handle on the cabinet. With this orientation on the concrete-fronted cabinets, the kitchen takes on a modern industrial look. On the right, you can see how the same handle on a wooden cabinet provides a different feel.

Vertical kitchen cabinet handles with an industrial feelView in gallery

Another vertical  kitchen cabinet handle option is this one, which is a modern contrasting decorative element on the white cabinets. The shape is functional but is also very different from a typical handle.

Long and vertical kitchen cabinets handleView in gallery

Smaller bar pulls are are good cabinet handles for a traditional kitchen. This kitchen sports understated handles made special with a jeweled center.

Gatto bling traditional kitchen handlesView in gallery

The same style can be had in a window sash handle style. These kitchen cabinet handles are cured, which enhances the glitzy embellishment.

Sleek bejeweled kitchen cabinet handlesView in gallery

Basic styles of small bar pull kitchen cabinet handles are a good choice when you want your cabinet hardware to be more unobtrusive. Here, the framing design of the glass window would compete with a more bold cabinet handle.

This design is by Martini.View in gallery
This design is by Martini.
Nobila's design shows small bar handles in a modern kitchen setting.View in gallery
Nobila’s design shows small bar handles in a modern kitchen setting.

For an opulent style, Officine Gullo has spectacular bar kitchen cabinet handles that are made of metal with hand-turned wood. The combination makes for a one-of-a-kind look.

Giullo wooden cabinet handlesView in gallery

While many homes may have a mix of knobs and kitchen cabinet handles, this luxury kitchen from Gullo features only knobs to serve as cabinet handles.

Gullo knos and lock handlesView in gallery

La Cornue, a bespoke luxury kitchen manufacturer, also uses knobs and cremone bolts to serve as handles. These types of cabinet handles are best for vintage style kitchens.

La Cornue cabinet knobsView in gallery

In a more casual kitchen, one rustic knob can successfully be used as a kitchen cabinet handle, as in this more minimalist design.

small kitchen knob cabinet handlesView in gallery

Another style of kitchen cabinet handle is the cup pull, which is a suitable option for a vintage, country or farmhouse style kitchen.

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Window sash handles are often found in traditional style kitchens. In this design by Stosa Cucine, the ornate style of the cabinets, molding and embellishments are a good match for the small kitchen cabinet handles.

Stosa Cucine kitchen cabinets handleView in gallery

Even in a less ornate kitchen, window sash kitchen cabinet handles help maintain the tailored look of this design by Arcari. All the woodwork and doors have a conservative style, which is well suited to this type of hardware.

Arcari kitchen cabinetsView in gallery

This kitchen, little more casual, is also good for window sash handles.View in gallery
This kitchen, little more casual, is also good for window sash handles.

While these square cabinet handles may look a little like a recessed handle, they are not. The handles have a low profile and a touch of metal to the kitchen’s design without the prominence of a larger kitchen cabinet handle.

Square kitchen cabinets handlesView in gallery

Recessed cabinet handles are great choice if you like the look of a handle, but not the profile. The design below is by Arrex Le Cucine and features uniform recessed kitchen cabinet handles that go well with the contemporary farmhouse style of this kitchen.

Arrex cucine recessed kitchen cabinets handlesView in gallery

Stosa also has a similar kitchen cabinet handle option.View in gallery
Stosa also has a similar kitchen cabinet handle option.

Whether you want to refresh your kitchen or are constructing an entire new kitchen, there are myriad options for your kitchen cabinet handles. This sampling shows you that you don’t need to feel limited by traditional placements, standard sizes, or basic styles for your hardware.While kitchen cabinet handles are mainly a functional element, they are also an important design feature.