kitchen gallery - "How we design a traditional Shaker kitchen"
We’re often asked how we go about designing one of the most popular and enduring styles of kitchen – the traditional Shaker. Here’s what one of our designers, Ruth Gray, said;
Q. What is a Shaker style kitchen?
A. It has kitchen doors that replicate the traditional way all doors used to be made using simple stile and rail framework with a recessed centre panel.
The Shaker style is timeless and versatile giving the option of a slightly more traditional look, but it can also be given a sleeker, more contemporary feel.
Q. Are there any colours that lend themselves to this sort of style?
Traditionally Shaker kitchens would be kept light and neutral in one single colour, but it’s now very common to update them with bold and more contemporary colours, such as greys and navies. Having a strong island colour, with a lighter colour on the outer cabinetry is also very popular, or choosing lighter wall cabinets which recede at eye level allowing a darker colour on the base cabinets.
Q. Can this traditional style be given a contemporary look?
A. Handles are a great way to inject a modern twist on a Shaker style kitchen. Opulent finishes such as polished copper and satin brass are a fashionable way to lift a design especially when used along with darker colours, like anthracites, blacks and navies. Lighter worktops provide a great contrast against these deeper colours, especially when they are highly polished like Quartz. As well as being bang on trend they also bounce plenty of light around the room.
Q. What about lighting – is it possible to incorporate modern technology such as LEDs or are there particular types that are more suited to a Shaker style?
A. LED’s are a lot more efficient than other light sources. They give off less heat, use less power and last for years before needing to be replaced. We prefer to keep the cabinet lights concealed on our more traditional kitchens like the Shaker style, so you can see the effect of the light and not the modern fitting.