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Design Spotlight: Shaker Style Kitchens

Posted on: April 16, 2012

Shaker Kitchen Design

Interested in remodeling your kitchen? “There’s no time like the present” – this is especially true when it comes to kitchen remodeling. In terms of both aesthetics and functionality, a new kitchen design can make a world of difference!

If you want a simpler look without going too contemporary, a Shaker style kitchen may be perfect for you. The Shaker style (which first emerged in the 1700s) thrived on three aspects: simplicity, durability, and convenience. A good Shaker kitchen combines all three!

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker style cabinets are popular – and not just in Shaker kitchens. Unadorned and durable, these types of cabinets match the ambiance of the kitchen. Shaker cabinets (and kitchens) are about utility, not embellishment, and your cabinets should reflect this.

Just because your Shaker style cabinets aren’t ornate doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful. In fact, custom cabinets can work very well in Shaker kitchens! Jack Rosen offers custom cabinets with simplistic, clean-lined, Shaker-like styles that can add value to your home and authenticity to your kitchen.

Shaker Style Kitchen Countertops

Wood is one thing there’s no shortage of in a Shaker kitchen. Timber was abundant back during the Shaker movement, so the finest woods were used in kitchen design. For a truly authentic Shaker style design, consider wood countertops – butcher block is popular. Remember, you’re going for a natural look.

Shaker Style Kitchen Walls & Floors

Most often, Shaker kitchens have a more natural color scheme. Think white, beige, yellow, blue, green, etc. It’s best to stick with hardwood flooring and use a neutral color for the walls – and try not to use more than one or two different shades.

Shaker Style Kitchen Accessories

Though a Shaker kitchen shouldn’t be lavish, it can still have a few accessories to add simple elegance. As long as you stick with the more neutral colors, furnishings can range from pine chests and Shaker style baskets to ladderback chairs, industrial-like pendant lighting, chrome faucets, etc. Just be sure to keep the space clutter-free!

Shaker Style Kitchen Design

For simplicity and natural, earthy charm that is a bit less woodsy than rustic kitchen design, your best bet is a Shaker style kitchen. If you’re interested in a Shaker kitchen for your home in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens can help.

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