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Style Focus: Shaker Kitchens

The shaker style kitchen has stood the test of time. Although classic in its form, the versatility of shaker kitchens means they can deliver traditional character or a more modern, contemporary finish, that suits any era of property. A shaker kitchen is characterised by its in-frame construction and classically proportioned doors which stem from the long-standing values of the Shakers of the 18th century. In this blog we take a step back in time to see where it all began and how shaker kitchens are making their way into 21st century houses.

The shaker legacy
Shakers, often referred to as The United Society of Believers were a religious sect from Manchester, who emigrated to America in the 18th century.  They believed that life should follow principles of honesty, utility and simplicity which was reflected in everything they did – including the furniture they made. Their designs were functional and minimal – they believed that decoration was unnecessary. The Shaker saying  ‘Whatever is fashioned, let it be plain and simple and for the good’ is mirrored in their work. They also believed that the quality of their work was a testament to God, which meant that everything they made was made to the utmost perfection. To this day, shaker kitchens have stayed true to the Shakers values, built with lasting quality craftsmanship and finesse.

Keeping it natural
Shaker kitchens are traditionally made from wood and ideally should be left natural to showcase the grains. Withstanding the whims of fashion, wooden shaker kitchens will continue to bring style, function and value to the home for many years. Wood is a durable, useful and beautiful material that continues to look great as it ages and with unique grain patterns, each kitchen is different and special.

Wooden, traditional shaker kitchen from Stoneham Penshurst collection
Stoneham Penshurst collection with Burr Oak centre panels set amidst light oak frames

Shake up the shades
For a modern shaker look, mix colours so that the base units and wall units are the complete opposite. Team bold tones such as dark greys or blues against lighter shades of white for a contrasting finish. This two-tone effect is the perfect way to create impact in your kitchen design.

Modern shaker kitchen from Stoneham's Edwardian Collection
Stoneham Edwardian collection in a bold Blue Hague palette and classic white wall units (Designed by Stoneham retailer K&I Kitchens)


Handling it differently
Shakers kitchens are generally adorned with chrome or brass handles, however its limitless appeal means there are other options too. Keeping the in-frame structure, integrate recessed finger pulls to create an elegant, contemporary classic design. The kitchen pictured below shows how this style can be achieved.

White shaker kitchen from Stoneham's Darwin collection
Stoneham Darwin collection in classic white with brushed steel recessed handles. (Designed by Stoneham retailer Sylvarna Kitchens)


Go Bold
To create a statement kitchen choose your favourite colour across all your shaker cabinets. Dark blues have become particularly popular and looks luxurious paired with gold or brass handles. Here at Stoneham, we offer a wide choice of shades from our standard colour palette or we can create a bespoke hue to suit your taste.

Blue painted shaker kitchen from Stoneham's Knole collection
Stoneham Knole collection in a bespoke Connaught Blue with brass hinges and handles. (Designed by Stoneham retailer Connaught Kitchens)

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