Shaker kitchen doors and cabinets, as well as Shaker drawers, are a style of kitchen units that feature a flat centre panel and square edges, with minimal detailing or profiling. Shaker cabinet designs are often symmetrical and shy away from intricate carvings and ornamentation. Shaker style furniture has been around for centuries, and are one of the most popular kitchen designs used to date. Most interior designers pair shaker cupboards and drawers with many modern designs.
The History of the Shaker Kitchen Design
Shaker cupboards and shaker doors get their name from the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, more commonly known as Shakers. Originating from Manchester, this religious group were formed in the 18th century after breaking away from the religious group, the Quakers. Before separating from the Quakers, they were known as the Shaking Quakers due to the ecstatic movements they used during worship.
This celibate and self-sufficient community emigrated to America and spread out across New England, where they handcrafted high-quality furniture that was renowned for its craftsmanship and high standards. The furniture they created was predominantly made from timber wood such as pine or cherry.
Shakers took so much pride in making their furniture that it looked just as good from the front, side and back. Their designs were durable, simplistic and understated – intricate details and veneers were seen as dishonest practices, with the exception of a small carving of the Shaker’s symbol ‘the tree of life’.
Whilst Shakers avoided embellishments and finery when it came to creating their kitchen doors and furniture, they would stain or paint their wood in different colours.
The Evolution of a Timeless Shaker Design
With timeless design and honest craftsmanship, it is no wonder that Shaker furniture is so popular – especially their Shaker doors, which have become a universally loved design. The panelled doors, solid wood frames, dovetail, mortise and tenon joints have all become a staple in the modern 21st Century kitchen. However, it is fair to say that the modern adaptation of Shaker furniture holds a different ethos to the simplistic one of the Shakers, as different colours and bespoke designs are used to suit an individual’s style.
3 Stunning Shaker Kitchens and Bedrooms
Bowfell Oak Unfinished Kitchen
This stunning Bowfell Unfinished Kitchen features natural oak shaker kitchen cupboards and an accented deep plum shaker kitchen island. The beautiful black granite worktops go seamlessly with this design, but give it a modern edge. Made from sustainable oak and other materials, this multi-wood kitchen makes you want to stay in the kitchen.
Bella Ivory Shaker Bedroom & Bathroom
A made to measure fitted bedroom and en-suite is something everyone dreams about, and this stunning Bella Fitted Ivory Shaker Bedroom is no exception. The cashmere, cappuccino and rustic berry colour scheme accents the beautiful Shaker Wardrobe perfectly.
Avion Ivory Shaker Kitchen
A beautiful Avion Ivory Shaker Kitchen with blue accents will be the most desirable room in the house. Light, spacious and organised, you’ll definitely love the ‘less is more’ feeling. Made from sustainable oak and other materials, this multi-wood kitchen is the thing of dreams.
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