Handleless Kitchens

Simply put, the handle less kitchen style is popular because of its streamlined, sleek and elegant appearance. ‘Streamline’ refers to a kitchen view where the flow of the units is uninterrupted and efficient. The lack of handles reflects a minimalist design approach toward achieving purity and simplicity within design, ensuring that which is not needed, is not present, such as handles! In accordance with this concept, kitchen design has evolved so that handles are now a kitchen choice rather than necessity.

The emergent handle less kitchen style is pleasing to the eye but also makes for a kitchen that is clean, uncluttered and timeless. Herein lies its appeal. Furthermore, the many and varied options available within the handle less style enable increasingly creative ideas and greater kitchen design possibilities. Whether a bold statement, neutral scheme or soft setting with flowing curves, the range of handle less kitchen products now available means that any desired kitchen ‘look’ is achievable.

Benefits of a handle less kitchen

The handle less kitchen’s elegant, clean appearance is its main draw but there are other benefits of a handle less kitchen too. One is they take up less space than a handled kitchen. This is particularly significant for small kitchen designs where a lack of handles enables more space, increases usability and eliminates the possibility of clothes catching on the handles. Handle less kitchens are easier to clean and maintain, requiring only a simple wipe down of the surfaces rather than having to clean in and round the handles. This also makes them more hygienic as dirt cannot accumulate in these hard-to-clean areas. Their timeless appearance is also a benefit as the popularity of the handle less kitchen style is only set to increase rather than wan over time, a fact worth remembering if you think you might sell your home in the future.

A true handle less kitchen: X-Line Range

The sleekest possible look for a handle less kitchen requires a specialist manufacturing process, entirely different from the manufacture of standard kitchen cabinets. For this, each cabinet carcass in the run of units has a sophisticated rebate machined into it, and into this, a stainless steel c-shaped channel is inserted. Via this mechanism the door is opened by placing your hand behind the top edge of the door or drawer and pulling it forwards and outwards. Sometimes less is more, which is particularly true of the Pronorm X-Line handle less range. At the heart of the design is the gently curved, C-shape handle profile that provides convenient access across the entire cabinet. The profile is coloured to match the drawer side or available in shining white. A timeless colour palette of door fronts combined with the stainless steel profile results in a modern classic that allows you to create interiors with a look of space and absolute consistency. With design flexibility and ergonomic excellence, every Pronorm X-Line installation retains the meticulous engineering and reassuring durability associated with Contemporary kitchens.

Invisable Handle Y-line

The Pronorm Y-Line range is a truly inspiring standard of handle less kitchen design with its unmistakable clean lines, superior materials and architectural style. This premium range from contemporary Kitchens sets the benchmark of today’s leading design trends in modern living and interior design. Based on the fundamental design principal of minimalism, the seamlessly integrated handle profiles, which are colour matched to the door finish, suggest a distinctively streamlined look to the furniture. A Pronorm Y-Line kitchen is the ultimate statement in handle less kitchen design, all the while concealing precisely the storage convenience you’d expect from furniture of this standard.

High gloss handle less kitchens

High gloss kitchen doors have a light reflecting quality that produces a polished and luxurious finish. This effect is entirely harmonious with the modern, clean appearance of the handle less kitchen style and consequently is a much-in-demand combination. Our high gloss handle less kitchens are available in most colours and within all finishes, including , Gloss Lacquered Kitchens, and gloss Laminate Kitchens.

Matt Handle less Kitchens

Just like the handle less style itself, the matt kitchen door exemplifies a minimalist approach to design, appearing clean and uncluttered. Matt door finishes don’t reflect light so their surface is different in appearance to their glossy counterparts but the smooth matt doors exude a sleek and refined quality. Whether a matt glass handle less kitchen or matt laminate handle less kitchen, the appeal of the matt handle less kitchen lies in its understated elegance. All of our matt kitchen finishes are of high quality and available in a wide range of colours, ensuring a highly appreciable and luxurious handle less kitchen design.

Handle less kitchens with a vertical channel system

Our handle less kitchen channels are also available for vertical applications. This is something few companies can do, and fewer still to the same standard of quality. But what does this mean for a kitchen design? Vertical kitchen channels mean you can have integrated fridge/freezers, side opening tall larders etc., all of which are available in the handle less style, enabling a complete and consistent look throughout the kitchen.

Handle less kitchen doors with push open mechanism

Push open handle less kitchens work by gently pushing the surface of the door, drawer or stay-lift to open it. The Touch-push system works through spring-loaded magnetic catches, requiring only a light pressure to open the door. The Touch-push handle less system enables easy access to cupboards and a wide door opening angle allows a smooth, free motion as well as clear visibility of the contents within. The Push open mechanism can work for non-standard cabinet sizes, and in all cases the door or drawer is closed by applying light pressure on the surface to push shut. For their safe, reliable and durable quality Contemporary Kitchens use TIP-ON catches within all of our Touch-push handle less kitchen systems.

Curved Handle less Kitchens

We specialize in Curved Kitchens and appreciate that the sweeping flow of curved units introduces a softness, for an extremely elegant and inviting kitchen finish. This is particularly so within curved handle less kitchens. Our curved kitchen base and wall units can be assimilated within our handle less kitchen systems using our Push to open, high quality spring-loaded dampers. The resulting handle less curved kitchen option increases design possibilities, with more scope for a personal style statement. They also enhance the clean, graceful lines of a kitchen and offer practical solutions too, such as maximum potential for kitchen storage.

Floating Handle less Kitchens

Contemporary Kitchens specialize in producing handle less kitchen islands with a floating effect, a much desired and popular style. The floating gable effect is produced through the continuation of the stainless steel channel from the front of the island or around the side of it and connecting into the back, creating the appearance of a floating worktop on top of the island. These gables can also be used to return the channel to a wall along base unit runs.

White Handleless kitchens

Whether gloss or matt, approximately 40% of all kitchens sold by Contemporary are white handleless kitchens. As previously detailed handleless kitchens are desirable for their streamlined and elegant appearance, and there is no other kitchen colour that will emphasise this better than a clean shade of white. White kitchen cabinets also allow maximum light into a kitchen, further enhancing the bright and modern kitchen appearance that most people desire. Contemporary Kitchens can provide handleless white kitchens in a selection of white tones, ranging from a sharp white, to a much softer and warmer white hued for this purpose whilst offering the same handleless style benefits of looking chic, elegant and maximising on space.

With handleless kitchens showing no sign of fading in popularity, and with white characterising a timeless kitchen colour that won’t date, it makes complete sense that the two should combine beautifully for rich and successful kitchen designs.

White gloss handle less kitchen

A gloss kitchen surface will not absorb light but instead reflects light back across the kitchen. The effect of this is a lustrous shine but within a lighter kitchen colour this reflection can also make the kitchen feel larger and brighter. No other colour and style achieves this effect better than a white gloss handle less kitchen. This is particularly noteworthy for a small kitchen space where it is ideal to maximize on space and make the room feel as large as possible. We have all on occasion bumped a hip or snagged clothing on kitchen handles but it is a problem only encountered when handles are present, so eliminating them saves on space….and bruises! Within our white gloss handle less kitchen range we can also accommodate varying tastes through options for different white colour tones. You might want to accentuate the clean minimalist feel of the handle less style, in which case the crisp polar white tone could be for you, or else softer, warmer white tones are available for an entirely different effect. Whichever your preference, the advantage of white gloss handle less doors is that neither the colour or style is set to fade in looks or popularity so they make a sound choice for a stylish, modern and timeless kitchen.

Matt white handle less kitchen

The look of the matt white handle less kitchen can be described as purity at its best; minimal, stylish and impressive.

Matt kitchen doors produce a completely different effect from gloss doors as the surface doesn’t reflect light but instead diffuses it. The matt finish works harmoniously with the clean uncluttered lines of the handle less style and the white colour enhances this further for an impressive finish that draws the eye and invites the user in.

The matt white handle less kitchen finish is available in a range of white tones and in matt glass kitchen finishes, or matt lacquer kitchen finishes,and matt laminate kitchen finishes, each of which can be incorporated within desirable and stylish kitchen designs of your choosing.

A variation on matt kitchens is the satin lacquer finish, which as its name suggests is soft and velvety to the touch. However, rather than absorb light as a matt kitchen would, the satin lacquer kitchen surface reflects light although does so without creating any reflection. With this quality the satin lacquer white handle less kitchens offers the purest possible look for a kitchen, creating an appearance that is understated, sleek and contemporary.

Handleless Kitchen Showrooms

Our showroom in Togher, Cork includes Handleless kitchen displays where you can see, touch and feel the quality of our handleless kitchens. Please come and experience for yourself.

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