Posted by Luke Cherry, on December 12, 2019.
We’re no strangers to creating a beautiful Shaker kitchen design and we’re often asked by our clients about this specific type of design. This is good, because the premise of the Shaker era flows through our veins here at Cherrywood Bespoke and aligns with our own beliefs of 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 Christ’s second appearing, commonly known as the 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 own 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 unique, beautiful and resilient constructions.
The Shaker kitchen 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 Shaker 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 – and instead they focused on a minimalist, functional finish with quality materials handled by skilled craftsman.
The Shaker colour palette
The preferred colour palette of the Shaker was a mixture of natural walls combined with units finished in matt blue, yellow or red paint. Today the colour palette has expanded, and the style is often seen in a mixture of ivories, grey’s, greens and blues.
Preferred Shaker materials
Cherry and Maple are traditionally the most commonly used woods for Shaker furniture. This is because they were rich in colour, sturdy and more readily available in the local communities. Today, Tulip is one of the most used timbers thanks to its durability and its ability to key paint to its surfaces.
Considering a Shaker kitchen?
Here at Cherrywood Bespoke we are inspired by the traditional appeal that comes with a Shaker kitchen design and love working with such a timeless design style. We’re able to adapt the style to suit modern living and create beautiful, bespoke kitchens to suit any home. If you’re considering a Shaker style kitchen, simply get in touch today.
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