If you want a timeless look that can fit with both traditional and contemporary home interior designs, then shaker style cabinets are a great option. The shaker style kitchen cabinets can give your home a “hand-crafted” elegance that’s hard to find elsewhere.
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The important difference between modern shaker cabinets and other types of cabinetry is how they’re built – Ordinary kitchen cabinets have single-piece doors, and they’re usually made of materials other than solid wood.
On the other hand, shaker style cabinets feature five-piece doors that have recessed center panels, and they generally don’t have beveled edges on the frame. The door frames are usually made of solid wood, and they really stand out when compared with other kitchen cabinet styles.
Shaker kitchen cabinets may also have drawer fronts with five-piece construction, or they may have solid wood slab fronts. And, the drawer fronts and doors may be built as a full overlay, partial overlay or inset. Also, shaker cabinets often have light-colored finishes and simple hardware.
Another characteristic of kitchen cabinets in shaker style is the use of simple hardware, such as wooden drawer pulls and door handles. Sometimes shaker cabinets are painted with an antique or distressed finish, to give an appearance of age.
If you’re wondering where the name shaker cabinets came from, the answer is easy – The Shakers are a religious community based on old-time values of usefulness, simplicity and superior craftsmanship.
This community is especially well-known for its hand-made, solid-wood furniture industry, which is prized by consumers nationwide. According to professional woodworkers, the early Shaker cabinetmakers are credited with developing the first circular saws in America, as well as other important inventions for making furniture.
The elegant simplicity of shaker style cabinets makes them a great foundation for a wide range of interior decorating ideas. Unlike other finishes such as espresso or white, cabinets built in the shaker style can be matched with almost any color or texture on your walls, floors or appliances.
You’ll find that it’s very easy to add colors and textures in a shaker kitchen design without clashing. Most home owners choose conservative shaker cabinet colors in light tones, which makes it easy to add accent colors in your appliances and other furnishings.
For their countertops, splashes, walls and floor, some home owners use bright-yet-complementary colors including red and yellow, but softer pastels will work equally well. Or, you could go for an overall rustic or primitive effect by decorating your kitchen or bathroom with wooden handicrafts and other textured accessories to complement the craftsmanship of shaker cabinets.
If you want to see how your own kitchen or bathroom could look with shaker cabinetry, just fill out this Kitchen Design Form. Be sure to include measurements of the space, and it’s also helpful if you attach a picture or two.