TDF’s Guide To Kitchen Cabinetry, Handles + Benchtops For Every Style

TDF’s Guide To Kitchen Cabinetry, Handles + Benchtops For Every Style

TDF’s Guide To Kitchen Cabinetry, Handles + Benchtops For Every Style


by Amelia Barnes

The incredible pink kitchen of WOWOWA’s Monique Woodward and family, as seen here. Lo & Co Kintore Pull Bronze handles. Laminex Moroccan Clay appliance nook with pocket doors. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Kennedy Nolan’s kitchen design for Laminex featuring Laminex French Navy 8541. Photography – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Natalie James. Art direction – Ortolan

Designing a fun and playful kitchen provides the opportunity to experiment with bold colour, whimsical shape, and deliberately clashing finishes.

Start with cabinetry in a bold colour, and either a laminate or stone benchtop in a similar hue, then consider a contrasting tiled splash back, and textured paint surfaces.

There’s no excuse for boring hardware with this style, which lends itself to wiggly, wavy, arching, angular or curvaceous cabinetry handles.

Even if you’re not renovating, just replacing the handles in your kitchen is a quick and relatively affordable way to change up your home. Lo & Co make incredible eye-catching sculptural handles that can help transform your kitchen in one weekend!

Kitchen design by Kate Lawrence Interiors featuring Lo & Co Linear Pull Bronze handles. Photography – The Palm Co. Image supplied by Lo & Co

Kitchen design by CJH Studio for Laminex featuring Laminex Aged Ash, chalk finish (cabinetry and benchtop); Laminex Milkwood (splashback and drawer) Laminex Danish Walnut, chalk finish (plinth). Photography – James Geer. Styling – Bek Sheppard 


A timeless and tactile kitchen is designed to stand the test of time, starting with natural coloured surfaces that won’t date, and hardworking materials.

Laminex’s extensive range of woodgrain laminates provide the appearance of genuine timber — without the maintenance requirements — and can be used on your kitchen cabinetry, fixed panels and even the island bench.

Achieve a uniform and minimal look with furniture and flooring in a similar timber finish, plus sleek  cabinetry handles with leather detailing by MadeMeasure.

Kitchen design by POCO Designs featuring Lo & Co Kintore Appliance Pulls. Photography – Anson Smart. Image supplied by Lo & Co.

The home of John Wares and Peter Papadopoulos. Photography – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Make the kitchen the centrepiece of your home with a luxe scheme that oozes glamour and sophistication.

This look is all about richly detailed natural stones, metallic finishes, and deep colours applied across an island bench, splashback, and cabinetry.

Artedomus’ range of natural stone and porcelain panels features distinctive vein structures and one-of-a-kind textures to achieve this luxurious style.

Art deco-inspired handles and pulls in bronze and solid brass add grandeur and a regal feel.

Photography – Alisha Gore. Editorial styling – Tess Thyregod

The home of Josh and Anastasia Elias. Photography – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

A classic and traditional kitchen features country-style cabinetry with recessed panelling, neutral benchtops, subtly textured walls, and visible hardware.

Burnished gold handles from Spiggy offer an antique look, creating a ‘lived in’ appearance that brings a feeling of old world charm to the kitchen.

Lean into this style with feminine furniture, whimsical lighting and art, and coloured stone. The aim is to create a cosy, warm, and inviting atmosphere that encourages guests to gather.

Explore all the new cabinetry, handles and benchtops in our Design Directory now!