Origins and Benefits of Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

For those who enjoy a simple but long-lasting cabinet design within their kitchen, a strong consideration is the Shaker style cabinet. These understated cabinet options are perfect for minimalists and others who do not want too loud a cabinet design, plus want a kitchen remodel that will last for decades without major maintenance needs.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we offer a wide range of kitchen cabinet products, including Shaker styles for you to browse. If you aren’t familiar with the Shaker style and the benefits it holds, here’s a primer on its origins plus three kitchen types it works very well in.

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Shaker Cabinet Origins and Basics

Shaker style cabinets draw their name and their historical origins from the Shaker religious community, which began building these kinds of structures in the 19th century. This religion places importance on simplicity, honesty and basic utility, and Shaker style cabinets and other furniture followed this same theme – Shakers also made dressers, beds, tables and even ladder-back chairs.

Today’s Shaker cabinets draw from the same well. They have a frame and a basic panel profile, also called rail and stile areas. These are simple, straightforward options, often in a single color hue that’s meant to keep the aesthetic noise to a minimum. They’re also known as durable long-term cabinet options for any kitchen remodel.

Our subsequent sections will dig into three kitchen styles that Shaker cabinets fit well in:

Modern Shaker Kitchens

Many modern kitchen designers want a clean, uncluttered space, and Shaker cabinets are the perfect foundation here. You can leave their doors completely plain if you want, or you can choose to add cabinet hardware if needed.

These cabinets also offer an array of color options. They can be painted a variety of shades, and are also often available made from ash or walnut for a dark wood grain appearance that adds class to any home.

Traditional Shaker Kitchens

Another quality of many Shaker cabinets is a beveled edge, which can help keep their appearance traditional for those who desire this theme. This can be combined with a lighter wood finish or a neutral paint color, plus potentially a cabinet glaze to really top things off. When you complement these cabinets with antique hardware, you’ll get that classic look and feel you’ve been going for.

Transitional Shaker Kitchens

Shaker cabinets also do well occupying the middle ground between modern and traditional cabinets. The beveled edge we mentioned above can be done in slighter ways that leave room between the styles, for instance, offering elements of both for those who don’t want to lose that classic touch but also want guests to feel like they’re in a modern space.

For more on Shaker style cabinets, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets or other services, speak to the staff at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.