12 Contemporary Cabinet Pulls

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Most cabinetry requires surface mount cabinet knobs or handles, also known as "pulls," to operate the cabinet. With any style of cabinet, the hardware can make a statement and reinforce the style of the space.

With Contemporary style, a pull is a preferable choice. Not only are pulls easy to grasp, but they also have a sleek, linear look. Mount your pulls all horizontally for an increased contemporary impact.

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    Tab Pull

    Tab Pull
    Top Knobs

    The Tab Pull is first on the list of contemporary hardware because it is subtle and almost disappears. This pull mounts at the top of the door or drawer on a base cabinet and mounts at the bottom of wall cabinets. They come in different sizes and finishes. If you have a dark-colored cabinet, try the matte black finish.​

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    Brass Trail Pull

    Brass Trail Pull

    Bar pulls can get a whole lot of use and will easily enter the annoying stage of overuse. Not only were they overdone, but they were also "pocket-catchers."

    The Brass Trail Pull by Emtek is a linear pull similar to the bar pull, but much more elegant and timeless. Its ends do not extend, so they don't catch on anything. Because of their rounded edges, they also won't hurt your hips or any other body part that may bump them during cooking.

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    Square Bar Pull

    Square Pull
    Top Knobs

    The Top Knobs Square Bar Pull is much like the Emtek Brass Trail Pull ​but has square edges for a more refined, contemporary profile.

    The Square Bar Pull is available in several lengths as well as Brushed Nickel, Chrome, and Matte Black finish.

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    Griggs Pull

    Griggs Pull
    Top Knobs

    The Griggs Pull by Top Knobs is one that is recommended frequently. It has a great projection that can easily fit larger hands and has a sleek, yet soft contemporary style. These are great for use on drawers and doors ​or can be paired with a simple knob for doors.​​

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    Fancy Inset Crystal Thin Pull

    Inset Crystal Thin pull
    Atlas Homewares

    If you need a bit more sparkle or bling, try the Inset Crystal Thin Pull by Atlas Homewares.

    These are made with Brushed Anodized Aluminum with genuine European crystal.

    A bit too extravagant for the entire kitchen? Try these on an accent piece, island, or buffet area for just a touch of luxurious variety.

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    Optimism Lucite Rail Pull

    Optimism Lucite Rail Pull
    Atlas Homewares

    Another flavor of contemporary is the use of ghost materials. Whether it is clear plastic or clear glass, translucent materials are a fun way to discreetly adorn your kitchen.

    The Optimism Lucite Rail Pull by Atlas Homewares is a clear Lucite acrylic with brushed nickel or polished chrome mounting brackets.

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    Contemporary Metal Pull

    Metal Pull

    Richelieu has a great variety of contemporary cabinet pulls. The Metal Pull 801 in Brushed Nickel and Chrome creates a perfect bridge between the two finishes.

    The use of this pull allows you to use either finish for your faucet, lighting fixtures, or other accents.

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    Contemporary Metal and Wood Pull

    Contemporary Metal and Wood Pull

    The 616 Contemporary Metal and Wood Pull by Richelieu is a sophisticated, contemporary pull that would look fabulous on white, grey or light wood cabinetry.

    The walnut finish helps to add warmth to your space, even if the entire kitchen is white. Try these pulls from Richelieu for a unique, contemporary look.

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    Contemporary Leather Bin Pull

    Contemporary Leather Pull

    The softness of leather with a sleek contemporary design makes this pull another great sophisticated choice.

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    Modern Rectilinear

    Modern rectilinear pull
    SA Baxter

    This Modern Rectilinear Pull 3028 by SA Baxter is a playful addition for sleek flat-panel cabinetry.

    Offered in a 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-inch sizes gives you have the flexibility to fit large and narrow ​cabinets. This elegant contemporary pull is available in 28 finishes! You can't go wrong with these pulls.

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    Recessed Rectangular Pull

    Recessed Rectangular Pull
    Doug Mockett

    Recessed Pulls are always fashionable in contemporary design. To get this flush look, the cabinet fronts are routed out and the pull is recessed inside.

    These recessed rectangular pulls from Doug Mockett create a finger channel within the rectangle.

    Check with your cabinet maker first before assuming it can be done with your cabinetry. This type of pull installation is more involved than surface mount and could be an upcharge from the cabinet supplier. If you can swing it, the extra cost and preparation are worth its flush, sleek look.

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    Tapered Bar Pull

    Tapered Bar Pull in Matte Black
    Top Knobs

    Looking for a pull that has no sharp edges? The Tapered Bar Pull from Top Knobs is your pull.

    From a front view, this pull looks just like its cousin, the Top Knobs Square Bar Pull in slide #2, however, the Tapered Bar Pull has rounded corners. A very comfortable pull packed full of contemporary style.

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    Horizontal All The Way

    Contemporary Kitchen with Horizontal Pulls
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    Whatever style you are doing in your kitchen, a pull is a great way to open your cabinetry. If you are doing a contemporary kitchen, the horizontal direction of your pull will set off your style!