In the words of legendary football manager, Bill Shankly, “Form is temporary, class is permanent.” You can adapt this saying to the world of kitchen design too: “Trends are temporary, style is permanent.” It’s true. Trends are temporary. They come and go, but style never goes out of fashion. If you were to look at kitchen designs over the years, you’d see how certain looks have been popular during different periods. You would notice when key aspects of modern kitchen design were first introduced. What’s more, you’d see that certain aspects of design have remained pretty constant throughout the years. Some key aspects of style have endured. Shaker kitchens are one such style. And ‘style’ and ‘Shaker’ are synonymous. They really do go hand in hand. So, without further ado, let’s look at everything you need to know and could want to know about Shaker kitchens.
A Shaker kitchen is undoubtedly a timeless classic. But what exactly is that makes it so? Why have Shaker kitchens remained so popular for so many years? And, could a Shaker design be just what you are looking for in your kitchen?
What is a Shaker style kitchen?
By far the most frequently asked question regarding Shaker kitchens is quite simply: What is a Shaker-style kitchen? All the other stuff, where the style comes from, who the Shakers were, and such like, we’ll come to later. More importantly, people just want to know what Shaker-style actually means.
A Shaker kitchen has key design principles: functionality and simplicity. A Shaker design is unfussy, minimalist even. But, of course, when it comes to design aesthetics, less is often more. Shaker-style cabinets are units that are the perfect blend of simplicity and attractiveness. Characterised by distinctive recessed panelling, the simple approach is matched only by the quality of craftmanship that is evident. Quality is never in doubt with a Shaker, but the simple and clean design lines mean that the designs are a sound practical choice in virtually any kitchen setting. Any style, shape and size – a Shaker kitchen is a dream fit in them all.
Shaker style kitchen designs have evolved over time. Designs have adapted to suit the needs of modern living. These days, you will often see deep drawers, ingenious storage solutions and curved edging incorporated into Shaker kitchens. These subtle modern touches are proof that Shaker kitchens can be contemporary as well as classic.
In essence though, the basic Shaker design has changed little over the years. A sense of order, functional living and an orderly clean environment have always been the overriding design principles. Many modern Shaker kitchens, in larger spaces, incorporate a kitchen island. In many ways, this is simply a natural progression for Shaker design. Making the best possible use of all the space that you have available is important. And it has always been at the heart of the design principles of Shaker kitchens.
Why is it called a Shaker kitchen?
So, now you know what Shaker style is, it’s time to think about where the unusual name itself comes from.
The Shakers were a religious group formed in the North West of England in 1747, when the sect split away from another group, the Quakers. The full title of the group was The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearance. The Shakers were renowned for their celibate and communal lifestyle. The sect actively promoted equality of the sexes. This made them stand out from most other religious groups of the time. But it was another key aspect of the Shaker lifestyle will led to the famous name becoming so closely bonded to the world of kitchen design.
The Shakers became renowned for the simple lifestyles that they advocated. Combined with this was a clear emphasis on technological innovation. Crucially, the Shakers were firm believers that everything in the home should have a clear function.
The beginning of Shaker style
Essentially, the Shakers broke with religious tradition in that the sect placed the emphasis of worship very much on the community, rather than on ordained clergy, as most religious groups did at the time. You can find out more about the History of the Shakers, but it is their focus on lifestyle that is most relevant to us in terms of kitchen design.
The Shakers’ belief that everything should have a practical function, combined with a desire to use quality materials, led to the creation of what is now known as a Shaker kitchen. The basic design principles of simple smooth line and clear spaces have changed little over the years.
Following, their split from the Quakers, the Shakers moved across to New York in the late 1700s. They settled, mainly around the eastern areas of New England, in small communities. Focusing on being self-sufficient, they began to make and sell their signature furniture. It is this that we now instantly recognise as Shaker style.
How much does a Shaker kitchen cost?
Inevitably, when people considering installing a new kitchen, a question that pops up quickly is ‘How much?’ It’s true that a new kitchen can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects that you can undertake. However, a new kitchen doesn’t have to cost the Earth. There are plenty of ways to keep the costs down. For example, you can always just reface your existing cabinets with kitchen replacement doors. In Shaker styles, you could opt for Elegance PVC Smooth Shaker Replacement Kitchen Doors or Painted Smooth Shaker Replacement Doors as well as various options of Luxury Shaker Replacement Doors.
The good news is that a Shaker kitchen certainly doesn’t need to be the most expensive option. Modern kitchens are created in a range of materials and finishes. Shaker kitchens are assembled on any budget. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the prices. And, as Shaker doors and cabinets are simple in design – with just the traditional centre panel and overlay around the edge – costs are lower than you might think. With no decorative raising or carving, but a plain and minimalist design, Shaker kitchens are affordably priced. Of course, this doesn’t mean you are compromising on quality. Shaker kitchens look good in any setting.
Why are Shaker cabinets so popular?
Shaker kitchens have been popular for years. They never seem to lose their appeal. Of course, part of this is down to the history. However, the main reasons why Shaker cabinets have also been one of the most appealing cabinets out there are simple. It boils down to the combination of durability and versatility. Plus, the simple fact that genuine style never goes out of fashion.
Today’s Shaker cabinets are still as plain and simple in design as they were all those years ago. However, the clean lines and unassuming recessed panel that adorns Shaker cabinets is appealing across the board. Whether you want a traditional country kitchen or the most ultra-modern and contemporary design possible, you really can’t go wrong with Shaker kitchens.
A Shaker kitchen is really what you make it. It doesn’t have to scream one style. Shaker kitchens are equally fitting in city apartments, suburban family homes, or a beach house.
Are Shaker style cabinets modern?
Questions that get asked a lot regarding Shaker kitchens are things like: Are Shaker doors in style? Is Shaker a modern style? The bottom line, as we’ve already mentioned, is that style never really goes out of fashion. And there are so many variations to the classic Shaker style that you can make Shaker kitchens fit any look you want, from traditional to ultra-modern.
And you can also use a Shaker style to get the best of both worlds. In recent years, the smooth painted Shaker look has become particularly popular. It gives homeowners the traditional look of a classic Shaker kitchen – but without the woodgrain (a particularly traditional element of the design) being visible on the doors.
Yes, Shaker Painted Smooth Kitchen Units could be just what you are looking for! Check out the likes of these two different style and design options: Florence and Georgia. These will give you bags of Shaker style in a superb smooth finish.
As with all Kitchen Warehouse complete kitchen unit ranges, these Smooth Shaker options come in a variety of options. You also have the extra peace of mind that all sizes each contain a solid back with a service void. This means that all electrical wires and plumbing pipework can be housed tidily and out of view.
Each kitchen unit comprises the cabinet, the Shaker door, soft closing hinges, handle and height adjustable legs. The cabinet is colour coded to complement the door colour you have chosen. 18mm kitchen doors feature the latest in cutting edge technology. The design is both stunning and simple. There are no join lines which makes cleaning them easy too.
Is a Shaker kitchen for you?
Of course, only you can really answer this question. At least now you know pretty much everything there is to know about Shaker kitchens. We have focused on what they are and where they came from. You now understand why the Shaker style has remained popular throughout the years.
Another clear advantage of Shaker kitchens is the vast range of choice and styles that are available. This means that you could opt for a very traditional, classic-looking Shaker kitchen – or the most contemporary and ultra-modern kitchen design you could imagine. A Shaker kitchen gives you great adaptability and versatility. Not only that, it’s a durable and practical design that can withstand all the rigours of busy modern family home.
And, last but not least, you know a Shaker kitchen is always going to look good. Better than good, in fact!
What to do next
Choosing any Shaker style design online from Kitchen Warehouse is simple. Well, apart from the fact you’ll be so spoiled for choice, that is! The first step is to choose your design. Your sizing options will then appear and you will be able to select your requirements. Units and doors can be delivered to your home flat-packed. Of course, if you don’[t fancy a DIY project and don’t want to spend the time assembling the units, you also have the option of purchasing rigid units.
From Luxury Shaker to Smooth Shaker to Classic and Traditional Shaker, the direction you want your new kitchen to go on has several possibilities. Don’t forget, as well, that if you have your heart set on a Shaker style kitchen, but don’t want a completely new kitchen refit, refacing your existing kitchen cabinets with Shaker replacement doors could be your best option.
The Kitchen Warehouse team are always here to help. If you would like to discuss anything about your Shaker style order requirements, simply contact us by giving us a call on 01765 640 000 . You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can visit our Ripon showroom.