Posted by Luke Cherry, on December 12, 2019.
We’re often asked by clients about Shaker Kitchen design, and we’re no strangers to creating designs using this distinctive style. In fact, the premise of the Shaker era flows through our own beliefs, combining honest, simple and functional design with the highest quality build and finish.
Who were the Shakers?
Formed in the 18th Century, The United Society of Believers in Christs second appearing, commonly known as Shakers, were a religious following who based their principles on honesty, simplicity and unity. Casting the idea of lavish living aside Shakers believed that everything should be practical and functional, these ideals were reflected through their every way of living. A largely self-sufficient community the Shakers grew their own food and maintained all of their own needs through crafting and building their own constructions.
The Shaker design style
“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful” – Shaker philosophy.
The Shakers beliefs translated into unique material design that combined style with form and function. They did not believe in ornamental carvings, veneers or decorative inlays which were viewed as excessive and unnecessary instead they focused on a minimalist, functional finish with quality materials handled by skilled craftsman.
The Shaker colour palette
Their preferred colour palette was a mixture of natural walls combined with units finished in matt blue, yellow or red paint. Today the colour palette has grown, and the style is often seen in a mixture of ivories, grey’s, green’s and blues.
Preferred Shaker materials
Cherry and Maple were the most commonly used woods for Shaker furniture, they were rich in colour, sturdy and more readily available in the local communities. Today Tulip is one of the most used timbers for its durability and its ability to key paint to its surfaces.
Considering a Shaker kitchen?
Here at Cherrywood Kitchens and Interiors we are inspired by the traditional appeal that comes with a Shaker style kitchen and love working with such a timeless design style. We’re able to adapt the style to suit modern living and create beautiful kitchens to suit any home. If you’re considering a Shaker style kitchen talk to us today.