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Shaker Kitchen Styles

If there’s one style that we’re a huge fan of here at Roman Kitchens, it’s the Shaker style. You’ve probably heard the term ‘shaker kitchen’ being thrown around if you’ve been browsing kitchen styles and for good reason. This classic, rustic style has been around for decades, and there’s a reason it’s not going away anytime soon.

Taken from the 18th-century religious group, this style mainly focusses on simplicity and functionality as well as being known for its top craftsmanship.

So why should you choose this style for your new kitchen? We’ll tell you all about it in this post.

The Value of Simplicity

If you’re looking for something uncomplicated, then a Shaker kitchen design is a great option for you. This style is simplicity defined; the amazing craftsmanship of each feature speaks for itself without having to rely on any flashy distractions.

The main defining features of a shaker kitchen is strong lines and a practical elegance which can work well in any home design. Whether you want to dress it up or down, this is a design with a truly effortless charm.

Rustic Charm

Shaker Kitchens capture a more rustic charm, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have a wide variety of different units and features.  While they are usually associated with more country-esque designs, a Shaker kitchen can look great in any home thanks to the simplicity of its designs. Try some curved pieces mixed with clean lines for a more contemporary feel or mix in some classic wooden aspects if you really want to embrace a more rustic vibe.

Elements in shaker Kitchens have a number of different finishes to enjoy including vinyl, woodgrain and painted so there’s something to make anyone happy.

Traditional Designs

For a more traditional Shaker design, add some painted timber knobs to your units or invest in a wooden worktop to give your kitchen a proper country charm. Open shelving is also a key part of the design as it gives you the space to display a few decorations or be a handy storage space for utensils you often use.

Colour Choice

With it being a more rustic style, you might think you’d be limited on colour choice. That is just simply not the case!

While colours are usually kept to a simple primary palette, you can get creative with the designs you choose. You could mix soft blue cabinets with white appliances for a really fresh feeling, or experiment with muted greys for a more subdued look.

One key feature of a shaker kitchen is the use of wood, and there is not a shortage of different types to try. While cherry wood and maple were originally the main woods used in the manufacture of shaker furniture due to their rich colouring and sturdy nature, a number of other woods will look just as good in your design.

If you’re a fan of oak, it could look wonderful as a worktop or floor, plus has the benefit or still showing the grain pattern even when it’s been painted. Perfect if you want a truly rustic feel to your design.

Adding a Modern Twist

While it’s an old style, that doesn’t mean it that it won’t work in a modern kitchen. While it’s more of a rustic style, you can still add some really useful modern features to really make the most out of your space.

Shaker furniture is already known for its initiative design, so shaker kitchen will often come equipped with some other useful features like built-in drawers in table fronts for utensils or hooks hung on doors or by the stove for easy access to bags and utensils.

These kitchens are very versatile in the fact that they can adopt the latest in kitchen tech with ease, allowing it the remain a renowned style amongst kitchen manufacturers. Don’t be afraid to ask for the modern features that you want.


Thinking about adding some Shaker elements to your Essex Kitchen? Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a complete redesign! Come on down to our showroom and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Make sure to check out our designs page or come to our Essex showroom where there are plenty of Shaker displays to view!

Our customer’s reviews are pretty amazing too so pop over to Roman Kitchens and let us design your dream kitchen.

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