Handles, Materials and the Top Kitchen Cabinetry Considerations

22 Mar 2023 |

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms, which is why it’s often called the heart of the home. It’s also one of the most expensive to design, so it makes sense that you want to get it right the first time. When designing a new kitchen, it’s essential to consider all aspects of your cabinetry and fittings, including finishes and hardware. Let’s take a look at all the things you should consider when planning a beautiful kitchen upgrade!

Different types of materials used for kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinets come in a huge range of colours, styles and materials. Many people focus heavily on benchtop material selection but underestimate the importance of beautiful cabinetry. The great thing is not all cabinetry materials are expensive, and you can achieve an eye-catching look with any budget. Here are some common materials used for kitchen cabinets.

  •       Solid wood
  •       Plywood
  •       Laminate
  •       Melamine
  •       High-density fibreboard (HDF)
  •       Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)
  •       Wood veneers
  •       Glass

These materials can be finished in a variety of ways to suit the desired aesthetic of your home. Timber kitchen cabinets, for example, can be stained or painted, transitioning between a minimal Scandi look or an intricate and rustic farmhouse charm. They can also be moulded with different patterns and designs to suit your décor.

Types of handles used in kitchen cabinetry

The most common types of kitchen cabinet handles are knob handles, pull handles and lever handles. These come in all shapes and sizes, in a variety of finishes to suit any kitchen style.

There are so many different options out there; the choices are almost limitless. But the key is finding something that matches the rest of your kitchen. If you’re going for an ultra-modern look, you want a handle that is accordingly sleek and stylish that doesn’t stick out too much. If you are embracing many natural materials in your space, timber cabinet handles may be more suitable.

You also have the option of using no handles at all, creating a smooth finish on all your doors. This poses a safer and more convenient option for those with young children, meaning fewer bumps and bruises and more difficulty getting in! For example, you can choose push-open cabinet doors or even options with a subtle groove in the top, acting as an invisible handle, as evidenced in this clutter-free Castle Cove apartment

Ultimately, the goal is to choose handles that match flawlessly with your kitchen décor, just like the classic style of gold handles on tasteful, white surfaces in this Earlwood home.

Incorporating glass cabinets into your kitchen

Glass-front cabinets are a great way to add light and style to your kitchen. They can be used to display your best dishes or for your most precious possessions. We love to incorporate glass cabinets as a feature wall in a smaller space or leveraged as overhead cabinets interspersed with solid-front timber cabinetry (to keep the daily essentials out of sight). Not only do they offer an illuminating backdrop, but highlight the decorative capabilities of your kitchen. 

Looking for expert luxury kitchen design?

At Degabriele Kitchens, we specialise in luxury kitchen design and renovations. Whether you’re building a new home or just need to give your old one a refresh, we’re here to help. From space-saving ideas to stunning aesthetics, we cover all bases to ensure you enjoy a highly functional and beautiful space to enjoy all year round with custom cabinetry. Contact us to find out how we can bring your kitchen to life!