We all know that cabinet handles and knobs can make or break a kitchen. But clients are sometimes decision-fatigued by the time they get to the handle-question, and this very important selection is often rushed. We’re building a resource to help designers and consumers ‘handle their handles’, and decided to start by surveying Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers about their most commonly specified solutions. Following is a summary of the responses we received.

Handle-free cabinetry is a popular option for KBDi members. Push-to-open options, bevelled edge panels and finger pull features allow a streamlined, clutter-free look, as successfully achieved in the examples below.

Above: kitchen designed by Matthew James (Better Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Above: kitchen designed by Alicia Jeffries (Mint Kitchen Group)

Above: bathroom designed by Frank Iaria CKD Au (Mint Kitchen Group)

Delicate little pulls add a nice detail, as demonstrated in these all-class kitchens below.

Above: kitchen designed by Hilary Ryan

Above: bathroom designed by Penny del Castillo (IN DESIGN INTERNATIONAL)

Post and rail handles can made a grand statement. The following are two stand-out examples in which the handles are an absolute highlight.

Above: bathroom designed by Gavin Hepper 

Above: kitchen designed by Eliesha Paiano

Oak and leather can add an au naturale appeal to kitchens and bathrooms. We love the look achieved in these two spectacular spaces.

Above: kitchen designed by Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Above: bathroom designed by Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

In more traditional spaces, handle and knob combos were a hands-down winner for KBDi Members.

The combination of cups and knobs works a treat in this bright little number.

Above: kitchen designed by Shelley Fynn (Kitchen Capital WA Pty Ltd)

The delicate little knobs in this award-winning kitchen are on point: they suit the styling of the era and the proportion of the space, adding detail without distraction.

Above: kitchen designed by Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Space Craft Joinery)

Cup handles work perfectly in this traditionally-styled bathroom.

Above: bathroom designed by Caitlin Slater (Smart Style Bathrooms)

Do you have a handle preference or pet peeve? We’d love to hear your thoughts – start a conversation below.