The Shaker kitchen takes its name from the minimalist furniture crafted by the Shakers of the 19th century, who used their guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty in their designs. Quality was key, with traditional techniques preferred, veneering avoided and decoration restrained.
Although usually associated with rural homes, the simple design and clean lines of Shaker cabinetry can be adapted to suit any setting, from country cottage to urban apartment, by varying the finish, worktops, doorknobs and handles.
1. Personal touch
(Below) Tailor-made to individual requirements, Tom Howley’s Shaker kitchens (above), from £35,000, can incorporate a range of special features.
2. Custom configuration
The Chichester by Neptune is just one of its three Shaker-inspired ranges. Cabinets and units can be bought separately and arranged as you choose. A full kitchen will cost from £8,000.
3. Freestanding flexibility
(Above) Chalon’s unfitted Shaker-style kitchens comprise four key pieces available in over 80 paint finishes. Full kitchens are priced from £25,000 and are made to order. Chalon 01458 254600; chalon.com
4. Beautifully bespoke
This tailor-made Shaker kitchen from Rencraft features handpainted single- and double-door cabinets and a distressed oak island with a Kashmir White granite worktop. Prices start from £16,000 for full kitchen cabinetry.
5. Storage solution
Handmade in Harvey Jones’ Cambridgeshire workshop, this classic painted Shaker kitchen features a large island with built-in storage. Prices start from £18,000.
6. Classic and compact
This L-shaped Shaker-style kitchen has been custom- made to fit a small space and features reclaimed oak worktops. Kitchens start from £5,000 from the Main Furniture & Kitchen Company.
7. Mixed finishes
With over 90 house colour finishes to choose from, John Lewis of Hungerford’s Shaker in-frame kitchen, shown in walnut and oak painted in Pesto, is priced from £20,000.
8. Country casual
Christopher Peters’ farmhouse kitchen mixes Shaker-style units with on-trend open shelving. Bespoke kitchens cost from £25,000.
9. Door detailing
Quarter-round beading softens these Shaker-style doors painted in Morris Blue and Parchment White. Kitchens from £20,000 at 1909 Kitchens.
10. Understated elegance
True to the original Shaker proportions, Devol’s Real Shaker range offers modular cabinetry in seven classic colours. Full kitchens from £8,000.