Style Stakes – Shaker Kitchens

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE shaker style kitchens! When I was a young teenager we renovated our family home with a huge add on and second level and with this renovation came a new kitchen which is where my love for the shaker all begun. Back in 2001 when everything was being remodelled our “shaker” style kitchen featured cornflower blue cupboards with a travertine bench top and a yellow splashback – it was absolutely gorgeous at the time and I still reminisce about that beautiful kitchen to this day. Between then and now we’ve seen kitchens go from ultra modern to minimalistic and now (finally) shaker style kitchens are experiencing a fresh wave in popularity. There is just something very homely about a kitchen of this style, it’s a look that is classic and timeless while still being welcoming and warm.

While today’s modern version of shaker style has evolved from the original shaker style, it’s a style that still holds true to the core values of simplicity, utility and fine craftsmanship. Straight, uniform lines are key to this look and modesty is also an important feature, but beyond that the shaker style has definitely developed into a look that is a little more glam than it’s look of yesteryear. So what does this style look like today?

Simple lines remain true to that the original shaker style – unnecessary adornments or ornate carvings were definitely not a feature of this style in the past or in today’s version.

Colours are mostly neutral or muted, reflecting that of the original shakers where when colour was applied, softer shades of blue, red or yellow were the most common used.

The simplest colour of them all – white – is most often used for cupboards. Allowing the quality of workmanship to shine trough…

Styling is kept simple, in line with the uncluttered or unnecessary line of thinking the original shakers applied…

Hardware was traditionally carved out of timber, but in later days porcelain hardware was utilised and today a little glam is added in with hardware often being in metallic shades of gold, brass, pewter or stainless steel – giving the shaker style an elegant and modern look worthy of 2015…

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