When it comes to kitchen design, every detail matters, right down to the handles. Kitchen handles may seem like a small element of your overall kitchen design, but they can have a big impact on the overall aesthetic and functionality of your space. By embellishing your cabinetry with beautiful and practical hardware you may discover another way to express your individuality in your home. Moreover, durability, grip and accessibility are also essential elements to consider when selecting the right hardware match for your space. Here at Orchard Kitchens, we will guide you through all the options, from classic options such as bow handles and cupboard knobs to sleek handleless designs, and even the beauty of mixing and matching. There is a plethora of ways to elevate and personalise your culinary space.


Pull Handles

This timeless choice boasts an adaptable design from bow handles to T bar handles, pull handles can easily complement any kitchen style. From a charming traditional kitchen to a chic contemporary aesthetic, these handles can be incorporated into any space without compromising on the overall look. Smooth, textured, wide or narrow, these versatile handles can be shaped to your preference, with a wide variety of styles to choose from you are sure to find a hardware solution. Pull handles offer a comfortable grip making them a popular option for drawers and cabinet doors as they provide easy accessibility, guaranteeing quick access to all your essentials. The versatility of pull handles means they can effortlessly blend into various design themes, proving to be an enduring favourite among homeowners.

Cup Handles

Cup handles add a touch of nostalgia to your kitchen and are continuing to become increasingly popular. These handles offer a unique blend of vintage charm and modern functionality, designed with an upside-down cup so they can be gripped from underneath, cup handles are often used on drawers and lower cabinets. They are available curved or squared depending on your design preference and what would suit your overall desired aesthetic. Seamlessly complementing shaker cabinetry, these two design features can synchronise to embody an overall characterful aesthetic with cup handles adding to the historic charm of the shaker style. However, cup handles can be embedded into any design and with various finishes available, from brushed nickel to brass, they effortlessly infuse a retro element into your space.

Bar Handles

For those seeking a contemporary and clean look, bar handles are an excellent choice. These sleek and straight handles are often seen in modern kitchens, as their linear design can create a sense of cohesion, especially when used consistently throughout the space. Bar handles align seamlessly with a streamlined design such as lay-on cabinetry and can add a sense of symmetry and fluidity when integrated into a shaker style as they complement the recessed panelling. Bar handles are a classic choice for any culinary space and continue to stand the test of time.

Cupboard Knobs

Cupboard knobs are like jewellery for your cabinets adorning the cabinetry with their beautiful detail. These small yet impactful details can add a touch of elegance and whimsy to your kitchen. From glass knobs to metallic ones, the options are endless. Boasting easy installation, cupboard knobs are quick and easy to fit, requiring minimal hardware. On occasion, knobs can easily slide through your grip when accessing your cabinetry in contrast to handles which offer a firmer and sturdy alternative. Cupboard knobs are a wonderful way to add a subtle highlight to your design while maintaining a clean and uncluttered look.

Handleless Cabinetry

If none of the above options entices your imagination as a solution for your kitchen design, then perhaps handleless cabinetry could be your answer. Handleless cabinetry takes the concept of sleekness to a new level and can inject minimalist magic into your interior. With integrated pulls or push-to-open mechanisms, these designs create a truly smooth and flawless finish. Handleless cabinets are not only visually appealing but also highly functional, as they eliminate the need for protruding handles that might get in the way, effortlessly devising a safer environment as you are less likely to bump into the hardware. This design choice is also easier to maintain and can be cleaned simply with one wipe as opposed to handles which can lead to a dirt build-up. With the absence of handles, your kitchen design effortlessly feels more spacious and roomier, and with a wealth of styles to choose from, you are sure to find something to match your taste.

Mix and Match

Why settle for just one type of handle when you could find your unique blend of both? Mixing and matching handles in your kitchen design can add character, depth and intrigue. Combining different handle styles, such as pairing bar handles with cupboard knobs, can create a visually interesting contrast. This approach allows you to emphasise certain elements of your kitchen, such as using bar handles in high-traffic areas and unique knobs on accent cabinets. From a practical perspective, some hardware is better suited to different types of cabinetry, for example, a pull handle applies to a pull-out drawer, decorative knobs may harmonise better with swing doors, whereas cup handles could assist with drawers as they feature easy grip underneath. To create a sense of synergy, applying the same finish to all your hardware may be a way to coordinate them without your array of handle styles feeling out of place or disjointed.

Ultimately, the choice of kitchen handles comes down to your style and the feeling you want to create in your space. Whether you’re drawn to the vintage charm of cup handles or want to add decorative interest with cupboard knobs, each option has its unique advantages. Furthermore, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one style – feel free to get creative and mix and match for a kitchen that truly reflects your personality. At Orchard Kitchens, we understand that your kitchen is the heart of your home and every detail counts, from the sumptuous splashbacks to the ornate detailing of your hardware, we want you to fall in love with every aspect of your design. If you’re interested in sharing your design ideas with our friendly and knowledgeable team, feel free to reach out to us at 0115 9308408 or send an email to [email protected].