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Dreaming of a Shaker Style Kitchen? Waratah Can Help You Create the Look.

Waratah Kitchens design and build beautiful shaker style kitchens in Sydney. Our kitchen designers create elegant and functional kitchen spaces that reflect the timeless appeal of this design style. With years of experience and a passion for perfection, Waratah Kitchens can transform your kitchen dreams into reality. From choosing the right materials to incorporating the key design elements, they take care of every detail to create a beautiful and functional space that you will love for years to come.


What is a Shaker Style Kitchen?

A shaker style kitchen is a type of kitchen design that is inspired by the principles of simplicity, functionality, and craftsmanship of the religious group called the Shakers. It is characterized by flat-panel doors with rail frames, clean lines and minimal ornamentation. White or light-colored cabinetry is often used in shaker style kitchens, along with natural wood finishes. The focus is on practicality and quality, with an emphasis on durability and longevity.


What are the Rules of Shaker Design for Kitchens?

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets

The defining feature of a Shaker style kitchen is without doubt Shaker style kitchen cabinets. They feature flat-panel doors with rail frames. This design element was originally created to make sturdy, durable doors that wasted minimal timber. The rails also add visual interest and a sense of craftsmanship while still maintaining the minimalist aesthetic that is characteristic of shaker style design.

Minimal Ornamentation

Another key feature of shaker style kitchen design is minimal ornamentation. This means that the cabinetry and other elements of the kitchen are free from excessive decoration such as carved corbels, which allows the beauty of the natural materials to shine through.

Clean, Straight Lines

Shaker style kitchens are characterized by clean, classic lines, which help to create a sense of simplicity and order. The focus is on functionality and practicality, rather than on ornate details and embellishments.

Emphasis on Practicality

As a craftsman style, Shaker style kitchen design places a strong emphasis on practicality, quality, durability, and longevity. The focus is on creating a timeless design that will stand the test of time and serve the needs of the homeowner for years to come.

White Cabinetry

Shaker style kitchens often feature white or light-colored cabinetry. This classic colour scheme comes from the emphasis on practicality with this design style, as these colours tend to stay in fashion over the long term and they also help create a feeling of openness and brightness which make it a more practical, well-lit work space.

Natural Wood Finishes

Although these days shaker style cabinets are featured in many different designs and colours, another key feature of classic shaker style kitchen design is the use of natural wood finishes. A nod to the craftsman heritage of this style, the use of timber highlights the beauty of the wood grain and adds warmth to the space.

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What is the Shaker Style Today?

1. Start With The Classic Cabinet Doors

Shaker kitchen cabinets are still defined by their signature flat panel doors that have a simple, clean design and a recessed panel. The doors were traditionally made from solid wood, however, these days it's most common to see them constructed as painted 2 pack or polyurethane cabinet doors or as thermolaminated doors, which offer many benefits.

2. Dress it Up or Down With Hardware

Traditional Shaker style kitchens often feature metal shell handles or small knobs in a contrasting colour to the cabinetry. Because the Shaker style is simple and classic, you can make a design statement with the handles you choose. Modern Shaker style kitchens feature a wide range of simple and clean hardware. The most common hardware finish is brushed nickel or stainless steel. Handles and knobs are typically simple and unadorned with a basic design that complements the cabinet doors.

3. A More Adventurous Color Palette

Traditional Shaker-style kitchens are known for their neutral color palettes. White, cream, and muted colors like gray, blue, or green have always been popular choices. The colors are chosen to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere in the kitchen. However, modern shaker style kitchens come in a huge variety of colours, both muted and bold. In fact deep green and rick blue shaker cabinetry has been on trend in recent years.

4. Countertops

Traditional Shaker-style kitchens typically feature natural stone countertops, such as granite or marble. These materials have a timeless appeal and are durable enough to last for years. These days we are seeing alot more variety here too. You can really dress up or dress down your shaker kitchen by opting for more casual benchtops such as butcher block or use engineered stone or even stone overlay, which can cut the cost a bunch.

5. Backsplash

A simple and classic tile backsplash is a popular choice for shaker-style kitchens. Subway tiles are a popular choice, as they are simple and timeless.

6. Flooring

Hardwood flooring is still a popular choice for shaker-style kitchens. The flooring is typically left in its natural state or finished with a clear varnish. Alternatively, stone or tile flooring can be used to create a classic and timeless look.

If you’re planning your dream kitchen renovation, check out our other kitchens style guides to see which one is the right fit for you. You can also checkout our kitchen gallery for more inspiration.

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