Jim Bishop Shaker Nordic White Inset Cabinetry. By Main Line Kitchen Design. Quartzite and Soap Stone tops, Subzero and Wolf Appliances.
The flexibility of the inset shaker door allows one project to go modern, while the neighbors home can be traditional. Appliances, knobs, handles, light choices, and backsplash tile become the determining factor for the overall style of the remodeling project.
Homeowners desiring an heirloom or cottage style project frequently combine cup/bin pulls with knobs on the doors. Antiqued or seeded glass doors can add to the new overall style. Salt of the earth materials like farm sinks, industrial lighting, non-residential ovens, metal countertops and subway tile can be combined with shaker cabinets quite well.
Shaker doors are quickly brought to the new century with flat bar pulls. Pay close attention to the color of the hardware. When working with white doors, and the simple lines of the shaker style, you’d be surprised how different “the same” kitchen might look with a simple color change of the accenting knobs and pulls.
In the early to mid 1800’s, the Shaker’s communal living and a strong work ethic influenced the design that has become one of America’s greatest contributions to the world as far as furniture is concerned. The original simplicity, function, and efficiency became noticed for the inherent beauty in its own understatement. While very little of our current lifestyle encourages modesty, it is comforting to design and live within a home that shows that beauty can come from within and doesn’t need to be part of the latest trend. Primping, pampering, and altering one’s physical appearance may not be the definition of how to become more beautiful.