Let the details set your style. The details are the icing on the cake and an easy way of putting a personal touch on your kitchen. With just a few small changes it is possible to match or completely change a style, quickly and easily.
Which details are we talking about? The fittings of course.
“Change your handles and you have a new kitchen!”
In order to learn a bit more about this we talked to Jens Gustafsson, salesman at Beslag Design, who is an expert on handles.
– The fittings are a very important detail in a kitchen, says Jens. I would probably go so far to say that it’s what makes the biggest impression. Change handles and you’ve got a new kitchen! Such a simple matter can make all the difference.
Besides setting the style, there is another important reason why you should have handles on your cupboards, says Jens:
– Handles greatly reduce the wear and tear on cabinets and doors. Pressing and touching the cabinets in order to open them leads to the cabinet fronts becoming shabby a lot faster than if you open and close with handles.
“Natural or painted wooden knobs, leather, brass and stone are all popular choices.”
What trends are you seeing in handles?
– A lot of natural materials. Natural or painted wooden knobs, leather, brass and stone are all popular choices and look good in kitchens.
Another trend is what Jens usually calls “50 shades of grey”, where all colours are from one spectrum, eg. from black, through grey, to green blue. So, instead of working with different colours, you focus on different shades.
– The industrial trend is also on the rise and something you see a lot of in Europe. There, people tend to go all-in on a trend whereas in Sweden we might choose just detail one detail, such as knurled handles.
Are there any trends that are on the way out?
– Cheap handles of poor quality. People are spending more on details like handles and see the value in choosing quality that will last a long time.
Should you stick to one style or is it OK to merge different styles by using handles?
– It’s a matter of taste. Some want to stick to a specific style and choose handles based on that, while others want to create contrast.
In the kitchen you often open cupboard doors with a wet or sticky hand. Is there anything you need to think about when it comes to the durability of handles?
– You need to be aware that some materials require a little maintenance, but with this in mind most materials work. Of course, all handles need to be wiped off if they get dirty. Leather will eventually age and get patina, which can look really good.
What does a good handle feel like?
– It should feel good in your hand. I recommend that you grip and touch them before you buy them. Hopefully the handle will be there for a long time so it is important that it feels good to the touch.
Any particular advice when it comes to size?
– It’s mainly a matter of appearance and therefore a matter of taste. Ten years ago large handles that went from edge to edge were very popular. We’re seeing less of that today.
OK, so when you’ve bought your handles where is the best place to position them on the doors?
– When it comes to doors with a frame the rule is to put the handle in the middle of the frame. If there is a knob, some people choose to move the knob up a bit on the door. There is no right or wrong really. However, you should avoid putting the handle on the panel.
Facts: Beslag Design
- Beslag Design in Båstad have around 1,000 different series of handles and knobs in stock.
- The CC dimension is the measurement between the centre points of the two screw holes.
- Knurled handles are those with an easy-to -grip structure.
There are various drill templates available which will help you to get your handles exactly where you want them, for example this one.