Look Ma, No Handles! Great Kitchens Without Drawer or Cabinet Pulls

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Image: Mell Lawrence Architects

A favorite look for me is a kitchen that is very streamlined—for some reason that just feels right. I’m not one for homey, cluttered kitchens; instead, I want the kitchen to feel modern and simple. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to do away with anything extraneous, including the “jewelry of the kitchen,” drawer and cabinet handles. What’s great about this direction is you can do it with just about any décor style.

Traditional

While the kitchen pictured above is not the full-on traditional style, it does have elements—the use of wood being primary—that lean toward traditional. But, while this space is covetable due to the design and materials, what really makes it special is the lack of pulls.

Look Ma, No Handles! Great Kitchens Without Drawer or Cabinet PullsImage: Shannon McGrath for Homelife

Contemporary

This modern space is the kind of kitchen I think most of us picture in our minds when we think of one without drawer and cabinet handles. The smooth, uninterrupted expanse of light-colored cabinets makes a perfect stage for the visual texture provided via backsplash and counters.

Look Ma, No Handles! Great Kitchens Without Drawer or Cabinet PullsImage: Décor Demon

Industrial

One of the most striking kitchens I’ve seen in quite a while, this industrial space is a real beauty. Stainless steel drawers and doors without pulls keep this a streamlined marvel, allowing the chunky counters and great wall textures to stand out.

Look Ma, No Handles! Great Kitchens Without Drawer or Cabinet PullsImage: Kristin Perers for Remodelist

Time for Recess!

And what’s the opposite of door and drawer pulls? Recessed finger pulls that very firmly remind me of traditional hardware in size and placement, but don’t interfere with the slick, clean feeling of the kitchen. Perfect.

Do you have a kitchen without drawer and cabinet pulls?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.