The Lowdown on Shaker Style Kitchens

With so many different designs on the market, it comes as no surprise that many property owners feel overwhelmed when they start the process of a kitchen renovation. After all, the aesthetical quality of a kitchen can be heavily dictated by the client’s budget which is why it can be beneficial to invest in an experienced interior decorator. Read on as the team here at PS Contracts go over everything there is to know about shaker style kitchens…

History

Surprisingly, the design of the Shaker kitchen has a history that is deeply rooted in religion. After all, the United Society of Believer’s in Christ’s Second Appearing, known as Shaker Quakers, developed the furniture style during the 18th and 19th century and lent their name to their creation. The Shakers lived by a philosophy of practicality, functionality and honesty and maintained all their needs through construction and manufacturing, which was heavily reflected in their craftmanship.

Crafting Masters

When the Shakers immigrated to America in the late 18th century, they brought their craftmanship skills with them, which were showcased in a variety of high-quality and sophisticated designs. After all, they believed that all things should have a purpose and be crafted ‘as a testament to God’. As a result, the Shakers used handmade tools, skill and patience in order to craft their products with precision and authenticity. Furthermore, the décor of a Shaker kitchen is almost minimalistic because the Shakers saw decorations as prideful. As a result, an authentic Shaker kitchen has no carvings or inlays. Although simplicity played a big role in the Shakers design philosophy, the colours that were implemented were taken from a primary palette of red, yellow, green or blue as this added depth whilst allowing the natural beauty of the wood to remain visible.

Modernisation

Like all things, modern changes have seen the traditional Shaker kitchen adapt. After all, machinery and computers have sped up the manufacturing of the crafting process without sacrificing the quality of the final product which means that the hands-on work that Shakers were known for is no longer required. In addition to this, the design has also been altered in order to provide property owners with more storage space as the timeless, traditional Shaker kitchen was often ‘too’ basic for busy households.

Although the Shaker style kitchen may have originated from America, it is becoming a popular implementation in British households. In fact, the crafting process is incredibly sophisticated and is only improved by the modern technology that we have available in the 21st century. To find out more information about the different styles of kitchens that homeowners can choose from, get in contact with a member of the PS Contracts team today!