How to Select Pull Handles for Doors

31 July 2017
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The addition of pull handles to doors can transform the look and feel of your home without costing a lot of money. This article discusses some suggestions that you can follow as you select the most appropriate pull handles for your doors during a home improvement project.

Match the Materials to the Home's Style

Pull handles are available in a wide range of materials, such as glass, crystal and metal. Metal offers you the greatest variety of options that you can choose from. They range from chrome, nickel, stainless steel, pewter, brass and bronze. Each of these can be finished in different ways, such as matte finishes and glossy finishes. Select the material that will match the overall style of your home. For example, metallic pull handles may be better suited to a contemporary style, especially if you opt for the stainless steel pull handles. Crystal is appropriate for homes with a vintage feel.

Consider Contrast

It may also be helpful for you to select pull handles that contrast with the dominant colour in the area where that hardware will be installed. This will serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose. For instance, metallic pull handles with a dark matte finish contrast with white doors in a way that makes the pull handles to stand out. Such pull handles are also easier to spot during low visibility situations.

Shape is Important

As you consider shape, pay attention to how light and colours are reflected or absorbed by your chosen pull handles. Streamlined pull handles are ideal for modern homes because they have clean lines and simple geometric shapes. Pull handles with complex shapes may be a good choice for someone with a traditional home.


Oversize pull handles are suitable for larger doors, such as bi-fold glass doors. However, you should be mindful about the construction of your doors as you pick pull handles of a given size. This is because some of those pull handles may not have attachment holes that align with the holes in your doors. You may therefore need to buy back-plates as well so that the unused holes are covered when you install those oversize pull handles.

Think about the issues above before you start comparing the different options that are available to you. It will then become easier for you to narrow down your choices so that your budget can help you to select one out of those few that you have shortlisted.