We are so spoilt by choice these days with a number of stunning cabinetry profiles which add texture and interest in your space and takes joinery to a new level. But have you ever wondered what the profile is called and which profile matches your style of home? You may have heard names such as Shaker, Flat, V Groove, Thin Shaker and Custom just to name a few. Well we are here to tell you a bit more about them and which handles work best for these profiles!

SHAKER

The shaker profile is one of the most classic designs and can be defined by its picture frame border and flat inset centre. The shaker profile is one of the more popular profiles and most commonly used in traditional and Hamptons styled homes. When selecting a handle to complement a shaker profile, we recommend a long pull handle. On drawers the pull handle generally sits horizontally in the flat inset section of the drawers whereas on cupboards the pull handle sits vertically on the border closer to the edge of the cabinet. Some of our pulls that work the best on shaker profiles are the Kintore pulls, Curve Pulls, Hentley Pulls and Linear Pulls. We generally do not recommend any handles on overhead cupboards, as otherwise the space can look quite busy and overcrowded. However if a handle is a must, we recommend a small round knob on the overhead cupboards to complement the long pulls. Our small Ascot knobs are the perfect match and these would sit on the border close together.

FLAT

A flat profile is certainly the most popular profile and is more commonly used in modern and contemporary homes. This minimal profile provides the ability to mix and match colours and finishes to create a more interesting space. Timber and laminate finishes can be used on flat profiles for which there are a stunning array of finishes available. When choosing handles for a flat profile we cannot look past the Luna Pull, which when placed together on a vertical cupboard creates a circle. The Luna Pull can also add a different shape element to the space which creates interest and another layer to the space. To maintain the minimal look, other popular choices of handles are the Lincoln and Carlisle lip pulls. These lip pulls sit on the edge of the cabinetry so you can just see the edge of the handles which is perfect for the person who wants the functionality of a handle but a more clean minimal look. However pretty much any handle/knob can be used on flat profiles, so now to choose which one!

V-GROOVE

One of the most current trends, the V-Groove, also known as a VJ Groove and a Tongue and Groove profile, is certainly currently in the spotlight. The V-Groove is defined by its vertical wide lines which creates the look of wall panelling. The V-Groove profile suits many different styles including a modern, contemporary and coastal home. The vertical lines add texture and interest to a space without looking too cluttered or busy. The best handles to use for a V-Groove profile are long pull handles as these follow with the vertical lines. These include the Kintore pulls, Curve Pulls, Hentley Pulls and Linear Pulls. Other favourites to consider are the Lincoln and Carlisle lip pulls which sit on the edge of the cabinetry so you can just see the edge of the handles.

THIN SHAKER

Just as the name describes, this profile is the same as a shaker profile, however the picture frame border is a lot slimmer, making this profile much more minimal and suited to pretty much any style home including modern, contemporary and traditional. This profile is perfect for keeping your cabinetry super simple while still adding a bit of interest. One of our favourite profiles currently, this profile looks stunning with long pull handles including our Kintore pulls, Curve Pulls, Hentley Pulls and Linear Pulls however can also look great with our thin Carlisle lip pulls.

CUSTOM

If you are wanting to take your joinery to the next level, these custom profiles are just stunning and add shape and impact to your space. The appearance of close together vertical lines and scalloped edging (whether inset or outset) creates a gorgeous subtle shadow along the vertical curve. There is a large range of vertical-lined, panelled cabinetry options to create different looks, or if you can’t find what you’re after, you can create your own custom profile. Polytec and Porta timber have some some amazing options. Handles can be tricky to place on these profiles, so the handles we recommend are the Lincoln and Carlisle lip pulls. These sit at the edge of the cabinetry and provide the perfect crowning jewel to your cabinetry.