Everything you need to know about a Shaker kitchen

This photo is showing a handcrafted shaker style kitchen with cream cabinets and white work tops. There is a breakfast bar featuring a bi-folding counter cupboard that has shelves stacked with cups and bowls. The kitchen features a centre kitchen island with pendant lights hanging above.
The Clifton-on-Teme Kitchen

I'm Jasmine, and I am so excited to have recently started my role as Marketing Assistant at Minerva Design. I have always loved everything interior design, so I am over the moon to have this fantastic opportunity. As well as learning the Marketing aspects of my role I'm also learning everything kitchen related! As part of my learning process, I want to share my journey with you through blogging about what I have learned and all the exciting projects we are involved with.

Today I am talking all about Shaker kitchens! I had heard of a Shaker kitchen before, as I'm sure you likely have too, but I wasn't aware of where it came from and what the overall characteristics were that made a Shaker kitchen.

Our kitchen collection features Shaker and modern designs, each with a distinct feature. The Shaker characteristics are a flat centre panel with squared edges and are known for its simplicity and minimal detailing. Ultimately, the Shaker style is a love of many of our clients!

This photo displays the handcrafted cream breakfast bar, featuring a white work top and a bi-folding counter cupboard. The bi-folding doors are open, exposing the shelves which are stacked with bowls and cups.
The Clifton-on-Teme Kitchen

We have seven bespoke kitchen ranges which are handcrafted especially for you by our highly experienced team, four of which inspire the Shaker design. The Ferrara is our traditional Shaker kitchen that provides a low-profile framed door creating a clean and spacious look. The following three collections have been inspired by the Shaker design, but each have added touches of creativity.

Firstly, our Tuscany collection which is a solid oak kitchen defined by the striking grain pattern. The way this classic Shaker design shows the natural wood makes it a trademark for our Tuscany range.

Next is the Florence collection, which has the addition of bolection moulding on all the doors and drawers, giving a touch of flair to the classic Shaker design.

Last but not least is the Bologna, a personal favourite of mine and with our clients due to its added detail of the pencil beading creating a depth of character. I particularly love how the Bologna is versatile enough to suit various homes, whether your home is modern, victorian or rural.

Now let's go into the history behind the Shaker design; where was it originated?

This photo displays our handcrafted cabinetry in the shaker-style. the cabinets are cream with white worktops and splash back tiles.
Clifton-on-Teme Kitchen

To look at where the Shaker kitchen design got its name, we need to go back to the 18th Century. When the Shaker Movement initially crafted the design, they lived a simple way of life which inspired the furniture they crafted. They believed that furniture carried their values of honesty in its construction and appearance and that every object should have a purpose. The Shakers would only craft a piece of furniture, knowing its exact purpose and placement in a room. This was their motivation to craft with the best materials available, and they were known to have the best craftsmanship. They spread across New England and began manufacturing the highest standard Shaker style furniture.

Although we have continued with the simplicity inspired by the Shaker Movement, it has been adapted into the 21st Century with the introduction of integrated appliances, creating a minimalist and uncluttered feel in many homes.

The style has stood the test of time, with it being what is known today as Shaker Cabinetry - a popular and timeless design within many kitchens.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Shaker kitchens, and I can't wait to share more of my journey with you soon!

Thanks for reading,