What Goes with That?: Top Knobs’ Aspen

Design experts weigh in on complements to a distinctly nature-inspired pull
By Lori Dolnick
October 18, 2010

When you look at the Aspen twig handle design by Top Knobs, your first impression may be “cool!” and then: “What goes with that?” It’s a nature-inspired theme that’s both contemporary and rustic and its sophisticated yet transitional styling makes it an attractive addition to any kitchen setting. Once again, we asked kitchen and bath design experts to comment on what they felt goes best with Aspen. The answers are varied but aesthetically specific, which goes to show that consumer will always need expert design advice on “What goes with that?”

Paul Anater

I see that handle being paired with a rustic wood in a more refined shape like this door in natural alder from Medallion Cabinetry. The Newcastle door avoids turning into a woodsy cliche by adding an applied molding to the rails and stiles of the door and drawer head. The flat panel keeps things casual and the molding adds just the right refinement.

Jamie Goldberg

I used a similar handle in this bathroom (shot before the hardware was installed).
The cabinets were Kraftmaid's Putnam Cherry in honey spice. The faucets were Brizo’s RSVP in brushed bronze. The tops were CaesarStone’s Crème Limestone honed finish. The wall tile was Solistone's Pebbles in Rumi. I thought all of these rustic elements worked beautifully with that style of hardware.

Barbara Umbenhauer

My first suggestion is Rich Maid’s Danbury door. Simple lines, flat panel with an interesting framing bead. The ornate pull will not conflict with any design details on this door. The color (mahogany bronze) in the photo is one I would recommend for the color of the pull shown.
I also like the Washington door to pair with this pull because it has 3-in. stiles and rails to give the hardware a better “canvas” to show off its styling.

Leslie Clagett

I can see using Aspen hardware on the Transition door from Plain & Fancy. On the drawers, the routing frames the handle nicely; the figuring of the wood complements the organic form of the handle without mimicking it overtly.
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