I don’t have any knobs or handles on my kitchen cupboards but as I age I am thinking that they may be a good idea. My hands are not what they used to be and it is getting hard to open those unhandled cupboards. I left the knobs off of my cupboards on purpose because they are easier to clean. I just wipe them off with no knob in the way. But now it may be more important to be able to grasp something to pull the cupboard open.
Pretty knobs can really dress up the cupboards. You can get nice ceramic knobs with flowers on them for a touch of color. These knobs are warm and inviting and can make a cupboard pop. They can be large and overbearing or small and soft with a hint of attraction. The prettier the cupboard the less attention the knob should get.
Metal is the new trend. A shiny metal handle that can also be useful for opening the door and look nice at the same time can add a vintage look or a modern one. You can get metal handles or knobs in copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel or even gold. These can repel dirt and may need less cleaning then other types of knobs but they may need to be shined to keep up appearances.
Wood knobs and handles are warm and inviting. They can add a coziness to the cupboard and make it feel inviting. They actually will be warmer then metal or ceramic knobs so that may be an advantage if you live in a cold climate. Keep the wood knobs looking good by putting a protective coating on them or buying ones that already have a protection on them. Unprotected wood can get dirty and grimy after they have been used awhile.
Plastic knobs and handles are less expensive and easy to keep looking good. But they can deteriorate over time. The good thing is that by the time they start to look grungy you will probably be ready to get new knobs anyway. Plastic comes in many colors including clear so if you want knobs but you don’t want to see them get the clear ones.
You can also get glass knobs or handles but they may break. They feel nice and look nice and if they don’t break they wear better then the plastic kind.