The Shaker Kitchen – A Classic Timeless Design3 min read

The shaker style kitchen is one of the few designs that still remains popular to this day with their classic features fitting in with any décor and home.

It dates back to the 18th century created by a religious group called The United Society of Believers, commonly known as The Shakers. They were keen craftspeople that produced furniture for their own communities and to sell on. They were known for their high-quality workmanship and created furniture that was a simple style and most importantly durable and functional. The kitchen is the hub of the home so it is always best to choose a kitchen style that offers all of this to you and your family.

The Shakers made most things out of pine, maple and cherry, painting and staining the furniture as they went along, with popular colours such as blues, greens, reds and yellows. This certain type of kitchen style has certainly become popular in modern homes today and it’s not a surprise with the good quality and thoughtful design that makes it up. Perfect to create smart storage, a timeless backdrop to complement 21st-century appliances and adding beautiful characterful accessories into the décor.

Creating the shaker style…

To create the shaker style in your very own kitchen you need to simplify everything from leaving the furniture natural or painting the wood. Visting your local flea market may allow you to find some unearthed gems and older pieces of furniture to make your Shaker kitchen authentic. Every scratch and groove in the furniture will tell a story from the past.

Making plenty of storage…

The Shaker’s believed in having a place for everything and keeping them in their correct places. Drawers and cupboards in the kitchen were created to fit each item exactly. They thought that hiding appliances behind doors make the room look serene and seamless, which is a great look for the hub of the home.

The peg rail is another recognisable feature of the Shaker kitchen, due to the simple strip of wood and round pegs. It can be used as a creative idea to hang all types of kitchen accessories on it.

Open shelving in the kitchen has become very popular and is the perfect way to style your favourite pieces of china. And glass-fronted units are ideal to break up a row of solid doors.

Choosing the colours…

One of the most important parts in creating a Shaker kitchen is the colour scheme. Choosing the final colour for your kitchen can be hard as there are so many to choose from. The best colours for a Shaker style kitchen are cream, pale, grey or blue. Combine two colours if you wish for a more characterful look and if you decide to go neutral on your walls, add colour to your furniture, accessories and storage.

Using patterns in this style isn’t always a good idea due to contradicting the simple, clean style that a Shaker kitchen portrays.

Adding small details…

Finer details such as the handles are great details to capture the essence of a Shaker kitchen. In schemes such as traditional, timber knobs and handles are used to match the material of the furniture. Inject a modern twist on the handles with some satin nickel, this will bring an elegant style to the kitchen that will impress anyone who enters and brings out a flair in your creativity.

Selecting the worktops

Opting for a modern Shaker style kitchen, introducing a Granite or Quartz worktop will work perfectly next to the overall look you are going for. They work within any style, design and colour. At Cawdor Stone, we have a wide range of Granite and Quartz materials to select from and choose for your beautiful Shaker kitchen.

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