Style watch: the trend for Shaker-style fitted kitchens
It's often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home so, when it comes to choosing fitted kitchens, it is really important to consider what works with your lifestyle and home décor character. Being at the heart of the home, the kitchen is the room where the family spend much of their time and so finding a practical, hardwearing and visually appealing style is essential.
With so much choice in fitted kitchens, a Shaker style could be the solution.
So what is the Shaker style and how can it be achieved with fitted kitchens?
In the world of fitted kitchens, the Shaker style is characterised by a simple and classically proportioned cabinet door with a raised frame and flat inset centre panel.
Although simple, the Shaker style still makes a statement and lends character to a kitchen. Shaker fitted kitchens are timeless – they're neither quaint and cottage-y nor modern and sleek. Sitting between traditional and modern, Shaker-style fitted kitchens work well in all different eras of home without jarring with their surroundings.
Due to their simplicity and broad appeal, Shaker-style fitted kitchens are a versatile and enduring choice – they add long-term value to homes because they are less likely to be contentious to purchasers when it comes to selling your home in the future.
Painted fitted kitchens
A current trend for fitted kitchens combines the Shaker cabinet door with a painted finish. Popular colours for this type of kitchen revolve around a subtle neutral palette of cream and grey, stone, sage green and blue-grey and sometimes pastel shades.
Worktops which work especially well with painted fitted kitchens range from contrasting solid oak to subtle neutral granite.
Wooden fitted kitchens
Wooden Shaker-style fitted kitchens are usually in a light tone of oak but may also be in rich maple. Although wooden Shaker fitted kitchens are rarely stained in deep colours, a contrast can be created by adding a dark walnut worktop to offset lighter units.
Shaker-style fitted kitchens – it's all in the detail
Deep porcelain Belfast sinks are a popular addition to Shaker-style fitted kitchens, especially when paired with taps of a fairly traditional design (although modern chrome can also be effective).
Cupboard door handles are another element which can make a big impact in fitted kitchens; due to the simplicity of their design, Shaker-styles look equally good with ceramic or wooden knobs or metallic hardware including half-moon 'pulls' or bar handles.
Enhancing Shaker fitted kitchens
Once Shaker-style fitted kitchens are installed then it's a good idea to style them with complementary flooring, lighting, paint, wall tiles and curtains to tone and harmonise with units – avoiding too much pattern.
Typically, Shaker fitted kitchens are understated so it's wise to include subtle decorative touches and accessories. The addition of matchboard panels will add texture and interest to the walls; a dresser unit can be used to display favourite crockery and glassware.
Experts in fitted kitchens
At Park Street Interiors we have a wide range of fitted kitchens, spanning traditional through to modern and minimal. Besides fitted kitchens we are also on hand to provide expert assistance with bathroom design, fitted bedrooms and home offices.
Our Art of Living sister companies, the Ceramic Tile Warehouse and Stone Gallery, are situated alongside Park Street Interiors, making us the convenient, one-stop destination for everything home-related.