The Shaker kitchen style is currently experiencing a well-deserved boom in popularity. Predicted as a trend for 2018, Shaker doors have proved a staple feature at this year’s trade shows and public home improvement shows. They’re being talked about, written about, and at LWK kitchens our team have certainly experienced an increase in demand.
They look great and work well for kitchens as well as utility and bathrooms; yet Shaker doors have been around for a long time…so just what is it about this style which has put them on everyone’s radar? Well, to answer this, here’s 5 reasons why the Shaker kitchen is so popular, and why we’re certain this is a style that’s set to stay:-
1. Shaker Kitchens Represent Quality Craftmanship
Choose a Shaker door and you will buy into a fascinating heritage of purposeful design and superior quality workmanship. Originally created by The Shakers, supposedly to keep them busy and free from sin, they developed a rare and highly-skilled level of carpentry. Their build quality has remained and as such Shaker doors are now synonymous with supreme craftsmanship and durability. At LWK London we combine our vast technical design knowledge with the German build quality to exhibit those very same principles.
2. Shaker Kitchen Doors Look Great!
The appeal of the Shaker kitchen door is threefold: 1) It is composed of a proportioned frame and inset panel; this creates an entirely symmetrical look which is clean and pleasing to the eye. 2) Further aesthetic appeal lies in the door’s simplicity; Shaker doors are void of any frills or unnecessary adornment due to the Shakers’ belief in simple, clutter-free design.
This means that anything not needed or without function isn’t present. The result of this is the understated beauty of the doors can shine, and put simply…they look great! 3) A clean and unfussy door fascia creates timeless appeal so your kitchen won’t look dated with age. This makes the Shaker door a popular option for someone planning on staying in their home long-term, but equally for those who aren’t as it should also appeal to future buyers.
3. The Shaker Kitchen Colour Palette is Growing
Traditionally Shaker doors were stained light in colour by the Shakers, yet modern Shaker kitchens are available in an ever-diverse colour palette. White remains the most popular kitchen colour choice overall and this popularity extends to the Shaker door too. Yet Shaker doors are also available in other appealing neutrals, such as Taupe, Cream, Cashmere and Pearl Grey. Or for a more eye-catching look go for dark grey, red or even an on-trend velvet blue. Rich blues and soft greys are currently very popular and suit this kitchen style exceptionally well.
4. Shaker Kitchens are Versatile
Transitional kitchens are very on trend, bridging the gap between modern and traditional styles by combining elements from both; the Shaker door is the perfect embodiment of this, with its historic Shaker origins reflected in a modern kitchen look! What this means for the Shaker finish is a highly versatile nature. It lends itself extremely well to other design styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary, whilst still leaving plenty of room for you to stamp your own personality! For example, small drawers, warm wood worktops and round, yet unobtrusive handles in a copper or rose gold finish will further emulate a traditional Shaker style.
Whereas, oversized bar pull handles in a chrome finish will accentuate the Shaker’s clean lines, and instantly change the aesthetic to a more modern effect. Further to statement handles, Shaker doors also work nicely with a diverse range of worktop and splashback materials, beautifully complementing these elements rather than competing with them.
5. Shaker Kitchen Doors are Diverse and Affordable
At LWK London we offer Shaker doors in a range of different materials. This includes gloss, matt, lacquer, laminate and real wood, each of which creates a very different Shaker look.
But more than this, each varying material is available at a different price point. This means there is a Shaker door to suit all budgets, making this highly desirable kitchen style accessible for all.