Shaker Kitchen

We completed this incredible bespoke shaker kitchen in Spring 2021 making clever use of the archway between rooms to create some amazing storage spaces.

The space comprised a large farmhouse kitchen with huge oak table, a panty, utility room, fitted display cabinets and cunning use of storage around an archway from a previous renovation.

Read our blog post to find out more about the project.

This shaker kitchen has a cream colour wash to give a uniform look and feel. All the units, sink and appliances are along one wall, with painted wood panelling on the opposite wall. This gave the empty wall a designed and useful feel, while giving a nod to the Georgian heritage of the house.

Great attention was given to the details: handles, knobs, taps and other fittings were a bright brass to give a pop of colour in the paler colour palette.

The kitchen had an archway connection to an adjacent room leaving an awkward space to fit storage. We created narrow cupboards with display racks to store and display a treasured vintage plate collection, and useful glasses and receptacles storage. Fitting the cupboards around the archway gives a purposeful feel to the opening while being an innovative way to fit as much storage as possible to the house.

bespoke shaker kitchen handmade units

A Shaker kitchen refers to a style of kitchen design that draws inspiration from the principles and aesthetics of the Shaker religious community, which originated in the United States in the 18th century. Shaker kitchen design is characterized by its simplicity, functionality, and minimalist approach to cabinetry and furnishings.

Key features of a Shaker kitchen include:

  1. Shaker-Style Cabinets: The most defining feature is the use of Shaker-style cabinets. These cabinets typically have flat-panel doors with a recessed center panel. They are known for their clean, unadorned look and often have simple, straight-line handles or knobs.
  2. Quality Craftsmanship: Shaker kitchens emphasize high-quality craftsmanship and durability. Cabinets are often made of solid wood, showcasing the natural beauty of the material.
  3. Functional Design: Shaker kitchens prioritize functionality and practicality. They feature well-organized storage solutions, including drawers, shelves, and cabinets that maximize space and make it easy to keep the kitchen tidy.
  4. Neutral Color Palette: Shaker kitchens often use a neutral color palette, with white, cream, soft pastels, and natural wood tones being common choices. This creates a clean and timeless look.
  5. Minimal Decor: Shaker kitchens typically have minimal decorative elements. Any embellishments or moldings are understated, and the focus remains on clean lines and uncluttered surfaces.
  6. Natural Materials: Natural materials, especially wood, play a prominent role in Shaker kitchens. Wooden countertops, floors, and furniture contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  7. Farmhouse and Country Influences: Shaker design has often been associated with farmhouse and country-style kitchens. It evokes a sense of rustic charm and simplicity that resonates with a wide range of homeowners.

In summary, a Shaker kitchen is a classic and timeless design style characterized by its emphasis on simplicity, functionality, and the use of Shaker-style cabinetry. It’s a style that has endured for centuries, appealing to those who appreciate clean, uncluttered aesthetics and high-quality craftsmanship in their kitchen spaces.