I had left the hardware the bright brassy gold but I was never a big fan. I purchased some more colors of guilders paste over the weekend and in about a half hour, with no removing the handles, I made it look completely different.
This is the brand of guilders paste I love to work with the most. If any of your local stores don't carry it, you can purchase it on Amazon. For the handles I used Baroque guilders paste in silver. My finger looks a bit like the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" but I wears off your finger quite quickly.
Here is the before, I had tried a bit of the German Silver on them but it was still too gold.
Here is the after, I decided to leave the brassy color in the grooves because I liked the contrast. If you wanted to eliminate that, you could use a small art brush. See the smudge above the handle on #2 drawer? I accidentally touched the drawer front. The smudge will come right off with a little clear paste wax, even weeks later, if you don't have time to fix it immediately.
I really like the silver look much better! If I decide to change my mind in the future there is always a ton of other guilders paste colors to try.
Have a great day and try something new!