The right handles can make or break your kitchen design. “Hardware is like jewellery for the home,” says Carl Sriber of Mother of Pearl & Sons Trading. “Play it safe by all means, if that works for you, otherwise dare to be different.” Proportion is important. A large kitchen might need sizeable handles which would look out of place in a smaller space. Also, consider the practicalities. If you have small children with sticky fingers, polished metals will be problematic. Carl suggests keeping your choices consistent. “As a rule, don’t try to mix too many different styles,” he says.