Shaker Style Kitchen Ideas







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Originally developed by the Shaker community in the 18th century, the Shaker style kitchen was designed to be simple in style. 

Shaker style kitchens have now become one of the most popular styles of kitchens over the last decade. Over the past few years we have seen a real shift though, where light coloured shaker kitchens used to dominate, we now see bold colours really adding a twist to this beautiful style of kitchen. What's more, hand painted shaker kitchens can be repainted, so you can be brave and change when you are ready for a new look in your kitchen.

We pick some of our very favourite shaker kitchens to give you some inspiration to create your dream shaker style kitchen. From the classic timeless cream shaker to the bold and bright shaker island units, we have covered them all off!

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Don't be afraid to go as dark as possible

This kitchen is perfection in our eyes. Painted in a midnight blue and paired with classic brass taps and handles, it has a real presence. We adore the tall cupboards and think this shaker style kitchen would look at home in a period property with a high ceiling, like in the photo.

This bespoke shaker style kitchen by Brayer Design proves that even if you paint all of your kitchen units in a dark shade, the room can still look bright and airy, providing you get the lighting right and combine it with light painted walls and tiles.

Kitchen by Brayer Design

Mix the classic grey with a darker island unit

Combining two different colours or different tones of the same colour is a really modern and popular look for a shaker style of kitchen. 

We love the combination of a light grey shaker style unit combined with a darker island unit, and this kitchen by @thewhitepinesproject on Instagram showcases it to perfection. 

The Lily Pad tiles used as the splashback and the glass pendants above the island unit, give this shaker style kitchen a modern look, which would look equally as good in both period and modern homes.

Shaker style kitchen from @thewhitepinesproject

Consider a brighter blue rather than the classic dark shade

This shaker style kitchen below radiates so much charm and happiness and we can imagine it is located in a beautiful coastal home. The copper taps are fun and the modern subway tiles add to the fresh feel in this kitchen. This is another example of how a modern shaker kitchen that would look good in any home.

This gorgeous handmade kitchen by Mark Taylor Design also has a fantastic movable island unit, which is perfect if you need more room if you are hosting a party or have children running around. 

Shaker style kitchen by Mark Taylor Design

Mix modern trends 

The best thing about shaker style kitchens is that you can incorporate lots of modern trends and, as they are such a classic style, they compliment them beautifully.

The shaker style kitchen below is from the beautiful Victorian home of @thehousemalarky on Instagram. The gorgeous deep blue is classically paired with the timeless marble worktop, but what we love the most is how it works so well with the herringbone splashback and the on trend penny tiles.

Shaker style kitchen in the home of @thehousemalarky

Choose a bold colour for an ultra modern look

Proving that shaker style kitchens can be really modern and look truly unique, is this fabulous kitchen in the home designed by Granit Architects

The bold orange is amazing and looks wonderful teamed with the chunky island unit. It's a strong kitchen with bags of personality and can easily be re-painted in years to come.

Shaker style kitchen - image source Granit Architects

Go for the artisan look

Perfect in a period property, we love how this shaker style kitchen has a rustic artisan look. The open shelves, the original oak flooring and the pantry just make this kitchen appear so relaxing and somewhere that would be fabulous to spend hours cooking.

This kitchen by Olive & Barr is bespoke, so can be made to fit your kitchen and any wonky walls and ceilings that you may have!

Shaker style kitchen by Olive & Barr

Dark worktops work beautifully

One of our very favourite shaker style kitchens from Instagram is from sunny_inside_out_interiors. We love the combination of pale pink and navy cabinets, and the beautiful pink panelling around the kitchen. 

What also works so well here is the dark grey worktop. Whilst light colours have been really popular, this contrasts so well with the pale pink and also makes the island unit become a real feature!

Shaker style kitchen in the home of sunny_inside_out_interiors on Instagram

Classic light painted shaker is a timeless choice

For timeless charm, a shaker style kitchen in a light cream / off white can just look stunning. The detail can be in the lighting, flooring and the fittings.

This shaker style kitchen by Drew Forsyth & Co is just beautiful and elegant. This light cream shaker kitchen has been paired with a dark island but would look equally beautiful with a cream island unit too. The light worktops keep the look simple and the dark taps, light fittings and handles give it some detail. So light and bright!

Shaker style kitchen by Drew Forsyth & Co

Panelling adds to the shaker charm

Another of our very favourite shaker style kitchens on Instagram is from the home of Edinburgh Apartment Renovation. Once a dated kitchen, this has been beautifully transformed into the most stunning shaker style kitchen. 

This is actually a fairly small space which has been used to its full potential. The tall cabinets and open shelving maximise the height whilst keeping it feeling light and open. We love the dark panelling which adds to the character in this period property, whilst the curved island unit is perfect in this smaller space.

Shaker style kitchen in the home of Edinburgh Apartment Renovation

If you are planning a kitchen and need some help finding a local kitchen showroom, we can match you with the most suitable ones for your project.

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Published: March 3, 2020

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