Shaker kitchen cabinet – Shaker kitchen design comes from a social and religious movement that began in the American colonies of the 1770s. Shakers lived in simple, efficient and self-sufficient communities, and the homes they built followed similar principles of simplicity and functionality. Focus on quality, order and cleanliness still make Shaker style popular for today’s kitchens.
Arrangement and function are important in Shaker kitchen cabinet design. The Shaker style blows the mess, so a Shaker Kitchen has ample organized cabinet space with a place for everything. Explore options for built-in cupboard features such as slab shelves, spice drawers, knife drawers, pull-out or sloping out drawers, sliding shelves for small appliances and Lazy Susans for pots and pans to create a kitchen that is functional, organized and stylish. Tall top cabinets that extend to the kitchen rack use all available vertical space and help keep the kitchen mess outside the counter and behind closed doors. Shaker style attaches great importance to quality crafts. Rugged, well-made cupboards with dovetail carpentry at the inner corners tolerate wear and tear and keep a Shaker style kitchen looking and performing new in years to come. Shakers built their own cabinets and furniture from deciduous trees native to the colonial area, now the northeastern United States, so cherries and maple are common materials for shaker kitchen shutters, while woods like mahogany and hickory are not traditional shaker forests.
Shaker’s cabinet doors have recessed panels made of a flat slab of wood with simple framing around the edges. These recessed doors panel and box fronts create nice, straight lines across the range of cabinet faces. Shaker kitchen cabinet can have a natural wood finish or can be painted. Shaker-style cabinets are also made without beading, casting or other decorations. Shakers often chose to paint cabinets in cream colors and also vibrant dark blue or dark red. Hardware for Shaker kitchen shutters should be functional, not exciting. Simple knobs and drawers made of turned wood or a matte metal such as brushed nickel support Shaker style, help create a clean and simple look that never gets outdated in a kitchen.