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The original Shaker kitchens were made by a religious group called Shakers who made everything by hand and were very simple styles which is reflected in the Shaker kitchen designs. However today’s Shaker designs have a modern day influence with marble work tops, pelmet lighting, and state of the art electrical appliances
Shaker kitchens tend to be light plain no frill units giving a minimalist fill. Paneled doors are the main feature of the Shaker kitchen style, no fancy moldings, pillars or cornices, just plain and simple, not like a bold open plan kitchen the units tend to be painted in an eggshell finish e.g. flat not gloss, and colours are normally cream, muted greens, gray and blue, to some extent a bit like a country kitchen but without the frills.
Wood finish also looks good such as maple, walnut– cherry is a favorite, very dark wood is ok but you may feel heavy and over bearing, so try to keep it light in the shaker kitchen style where possible.
Worktops can either be a black marble effect with light units below which is striking or lighter colours with darker units, so a contrast is achieved,but try not to keep the some colour throughout.Handles are simple steel D styles or just a plain wood knob.
The base units will be in the from of draws or cupboads which can incorporate kitchen appliances such as dish washers and a fridge.
Kitchen extractor fans are very important as they will quickly remove any unwanted cooking smells from the kitchen, not only that, it will keep your kitchen clean by removing any airborne oil from your cooking so you shouldn't’t have to much of a problem keeping your kitchen clean, plus it will not smell of cooking the day after your dinner party.
Kitchen extractor systems come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from small 225mm wall extractor fans, to mulitspeed stainless steel extractor hoods over the cooker hob some of which incorporates lighting.
Plate holders racks and kitchen appliances on worksurfaces are a good idea as they are very practicable and give the kitchen a splash of colour. The ones shown above incorporate pelmit lighting.