The Best Handle Pairings for Oak Cabinets
Is there a specific door handle pairing for oak cabinets that trumps all the rest? Many people with highly specific taste preferences might argue that this could be the case. Others may suggest that it’s nearly impossible to find a “one size fits all” solution, especially in such a diverse global design landscape. The truth of the matter is that there are a range of pairings that have the potential to slot into their broader surroundings nicely. Finding the best handle pairing for oak cabinets comes down to personal preference, the space you’re working with, as well as choosing something practical that allows the cabinet to be utilised to its full potential. Let’s touch on a few pairs that are worth exploring together.
The Right Colour Combinations
When it comes to creating the best handle pairings for your space, start with making sure you get the colour combinations right. There are a couple of primary colours that go very well with this type of cabinet, namely black, silver or bronze. These three are not traditionally mixed-and-matched across handle pairings and you’re probably best off choosing two different types that are the same colour. That way, you’re able to maintain a level of consistency across all the different cabinets and cupboards in the specific area.
Combining Bar, Bow & ‘D’ Cabinet Handles
Oak cabinets look great with a combination of bar, bow and ‘D’ handles, regardless of whether they are used in a vertical or horizontal configuration. These add a simple-yet-elegant finish to any cabinet, and especially those that are a little more worn than they should be. Explore a variety of these handle types to see which tickle your fancy the most. You’ll likely also find similar shapes and styles in your pursuit, which is completely normal and to be expected on the hunt for the best pairings for your cabinets.
Wooden Knobs: Type Pairings
Wooden knobs may seem like an obvious choice, but once you start delving into the many different types of timbers you can choose from, you might even be able to envision turning your oak cabinet into a piece of art at the end of the day. Matching knobs are essential, but there is no rule to say that you should stick to oak and nothing else. Explore maple, cherry, walnut beech and other options to see what you like and what you don’t like. Mix-and-match them to your heart's content, and talk to the supplier about a bespoke handle if you would like something a little more unique than the average handle.
Metal (and Related) Handle Pairings
The Decor Handles team is a big fan of durable handles, and metal variants tick all the boxes in this regard. Your oak cabinet could look exquisite when complimented by pewter or stainless steel handles used in combination with each other. The same can be said for cast iron and cracked-ceramic combinations. Like we’ve mentioned, there is no single solution that will look great for everyone. Finding the best combination of handles for your oak cabinet is going to require a clear vision of what you like, some trial and error, and room for creative play to create something unique, fun and sophisticated too.