Turn your kitchen cabinet handles into a hot accessory
Question: We are replacing the cabinetry in our kitchen and bathroom and have been searching for handles and pulls that are distinctive but really classy. Do we need to think about what’s in fashion right now? Should they have a matte or a gloss finish? We will be renovating only once, so we want to get it right.
Answer: There have been many developments in door hardware during the past few years, so you have lots of styles and materials from which to choose. You will find a good selection at home and specialty kitchen and bath stores, with a full range of materials and finishes.
Architecturally designed handles, knobs and pulls can be pricey, but their distinctive appearance is unbeatable. One of the most popular picks today is nickel with a satin finish. The color of thismetal is warm and rich, and it complements naturalwood as well as white cabinetry.
Shiny chrome is a reliable classic; easy to match to existing hardware; and comes in sleek, contemporary designs. Bronze and brassy tones are more trendy, but worth a look if you enjoy the ambience they impart.
Handles are available that show composites, wood and even real leather combined with metal. Turnstyle Designs offers a superb selection of leather handles, with visible top-stitching, in a range of colors from chocolate and tan to red and even library green.
I was struck by the unique appearance of the company’s leather strap handles, a luxurious addition in either a kitchen or a bath. The leather is pre-waxed; the only maintenance required is a polish once a year or so. Leather only becomes more beautiful with age and handling, for it softens to the touch.
Q: I have a black-and-white kitchen: black ceramic floor, black countertop, black-and-white backsplash, white walls and white appliances. My question is this: What can I do about the tired-looking, honey oak cabinets? I’d like to paint them, but wonder which color to use.
A: You have a few options. A light to medium shade of gray will give you a cool, contemporary mood. Keep the sheen flat, for a more sophisticated appearance. If you have a contrasting color in mind, try a “plummy” shade of aubergine or dark green or, for a complete change, go lime green.
Experiment with one cabinet door. You might want to change the wall color to a shade of paint that complements your new cabinet color. Because you are taking the time to paint the cabinets, treat yourself to new handles.
Debbie Travis is a King Features columnist.
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