How to Choose the Perfect Cabinet Handles and Hardware (and a Giveaway!)

This post was sponsored by Manovella. Thanks for supporting my blog’s wonderful sponsors.

There are so many decisions to be made when you are renovating an older home or building a new house – if you’ve ever felt a little conflicted or stuck, you won’t be alone!

Choosing colours, materials and things for your home can have even the most design-loving of us reaching for the wine sometimes. Especially when you’re factoring in things like:

– Picking things that tie in nicely with the rest of your home and that won’t quickly date.
– Getting on the same page as your partner (or compromising).
-Your renovation budget.
– Choosing materials that you hope YOU will still love two, three or even ten years down the line.
– Thinking about what OTHER people will love, if you have in mind resale and want to sell your home eventually.

Cabinet handles and knobs are one thing most people will have to pick out for their homes when building or renovating. Years ago, when we did our laundry makeover, family bathroom and ensuite renovations, it was an easy decision for us – simple because there wasn’t that much choice readily available in Perth at the time! Even when we got cabinet units custom made, for our laundry and bathroom renovations, there were only a handful of handle options available to choose from.

Our bathroom today with brushed brass knobs from Manovella.

I think when most people (working on an average budget) did a laundry or bathroom renovation, it was pretty standard to just choose one of the builder-grade choices (which were perfectly fine – just nothing special).

Years ago, when I used to visit homes for the newspaper, it seemed like there were maybe four or five different types of handles in Perth kitchens and bathrooms (predominantly brushed chrome) and that was it. I would rarely walk into a kitchen and notice the handles, in a way you’d walk into a space and think, “Oooh, I really like those” or “Oh – those are nice!”

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Perfectly acceptable – but bog-standard – cabinet handles in our laundry renovation. I actually ended up spray painting these black. Photo Heather Robbins.

We’ve come far.

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