Renewed attention to design has recently brought the handle back on the scene for kitchen furniture, thanks to the infinite opportunities for customisation provided by kitchen furniture with handles. There are many types of handles, and an almost endless supply of models. From a mainly aesthetic point of view, handles should be chosen last, to give a composition that extra personal touch.
However, as with every other aspect to take into consideration when planning a kitchen, choosing a handle must observe precise canons of ergonomics and functionality.
Choosing the right handles for kitchen furniture may appear to be looking for a needle in a haystack. There are so many models on the market, in turn presenting a host of variants and finishes.
That’s why it’s advisable to seek expert advice from a competent person who can suggest the most suitable solutions by presenting a range of choices based on the customer’s needs.
For example, Gentili Cucine provides a vast catalogue of handles for customising base, wall and tall units. What’s more, the Gentili Cucine showroom at Miane (TV) displays a wealth of models to examine hands on, so that you may choose the most functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions for your kitchen and living area.
When thinking about handles to use in your kitchen the password is Quality. How many times will the handle on a kitchen cabinet be used and subjected to wear and tear?
It is essential that it provides excellent grip, is resistant and does not create problems, such as, for example, catching cloths and garments, or constituting a knock hazard, especially for children. The grip must not only be comfortable, but also pleasant to touch, and made with shapes, materials and colours that are easy to clean and maintain.
We can rank six important types of handles: classic protruding (bar pull or knob), protruding, integrated, recessed or grip profile. These are also available with a wide range of artistic propositions, for example special designer models or antique reproductions.
In the case of modern and contemporary styles featuring simple, essential lines, it is preferable to use slim, non-voluminous handles or solutions such as recessed handles or grip profiles that are more suitable for linear, compact design. However, the use of large handles can provide an unusual idea of motion, as for example in kitchens inspired by industrial design. The variety of materials and finishes for profiles provides the opportunity to play freely with creative colour schemes.
Handles for classic kitchens go from bar pulls or knobs to elegant models made to measure in quality materials that go well with wood and the textures of marble or stone.In the Romantica 01 composition by Gentili Cucine, for example, the framed drawer and door fronts are enhanced by sinuous metal handles that interpret and modernise a taste for the classical.
Often models for kitchens come in different sizes, which could lead an inexperienced customer to choose a mix of different sizes. An expert would certainly not propose such a solution, for two main reasons. First of all, aesthetically it would risk creating a sort of puzzle effect which would soon become annoying and discordant. Secondly, because the kitchen is an environment in which comfort and safety are essential. The grip on doors, deep drawers and drawers should be instinctive, comfortable and familiar. That’s why it’s important for handles to be all the same size. Once the ideal, most practical and ergonomic size has been decided, it’s better to apply that to all the handles and opening systems.
Besides harmonising with the kitchen decor, handles can create interesting matches with other elements, such as, for example, household appliances or equipment. Think of a home slicer in bright red chromed steel, or an imposing fridge in satin-finish steel, but also light fittings and complementary items such as tables and chairs, going on to open concept compositions that provide continuity of style between the kitchen and living area.
There can be an infinite host of combinations. Gentili Cucine carries a vast range of integrated or standard handles, also with variable pitches, available in a wide range of standard finishes, to which can be added numerous customisation options.