Yes! I'm back from a thoroughly relaxing summer holidays. While I was away, I received this lovely email from a Modern Country Style reader with a great question:
I wondered if you could help me with a kitchen dilemma. I've been a follower of your blog for a long time and we share a very similar taste in home decor, we are due to have a framed (shaker style) Ivory kitchen fitted and there is one small element that is bugging me, where on earth to place the doorknobs!! I want to ensure it has the best modern country style appearance as it would be a costly mistake to get it wrong. I've browsed Pinterest and there seems to be a wide choice of where to place the doorknobs. This may seem a bit pedantic but I want to get it right! I'm drawn between putting the doorknob in the corner of the cabinet or central. On your latest blog post (Friday 22nd July) you have inserted various pictures of kitchens and the doorknobs are placed in different areas of the cabinet door which gives a different feel. It would be great to hear back from yourself for some feedback and advice!
Thank you, Kate
First things first: NEVER apologise for being pedantic about the design of your own home!! You're in great company here...I am queen of the realm of Modern Country Pedantry!!
Secondly, I love this question. It sounds like a small thing but I've also spent time thinking this through because it does affect the look of your kitchen, or cupboards, or doors. And these things matter because if you get the small things right, they build up to make a delicious bigger picture.
My tip is to play around with your chosen door knobs, moving them up and down the door until you find a spot that 'feels' right. If you get that feeling, go with it....
...BUT I am aware that some people just don't get those 'feels right' hunches at all and that's just fine. If that's you, please don't feel bad because that's where my next tip comes in handy....
Pick a picture that you like the look of, and use that! The look I personally consistently love is the handles being between a quarter and a third of the way from the bottom (or top ) of the door.
It started with the kitchen in our old house, we fixed the handles a little above their 'normal' place and I really liked the look.
Then, when we gave our bathroom cupboard new doors, I ventured further and moved those babies down, down, down to that magic quarter-to-a-third position and from there I've never looked back!
When we had our TV cabinet made by the awesome Jay Watson from Jay Watson Designs, I went for that same look.
And it still makes me smile whenever I look at it!
And doesn't the cabinet tie in beautifully with our beautiful fireplace from English Fireplaces?
In fact, our Modern Country living room is full of small little details that have built up to make a big picture that has really found a special place in my heart. I'd say it's about time we had a source list around here!
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