Undoubtedly one of the most common kitchen types you'll likely come across is the shaker kitchen. Yet, when you're looking to style a modern home, this traditional cabinetry can seem hard to style at first.

However, shaker kitchens are simple, timeless and with clean lines that can capture a modern twist perfectly.

We explore the on-trend looks of classic simplicity and modern design to inspire your shaker-style kitchen transformation.


Mix Contrasting Colour on Shaker Cabinetry

Shaker-style kitchens are loved for their simplicity, yet that doesn't mean you can't go adventurous with colour. If anything, such a timeless style of kitchen is the perfect backdrop for mixing your favourite shades.

Not every kitchen needs to be confined to a natural wood finish or one variety of colours. Create a contemporary feel with darker blocks of colour for depth and lighter colours for a luxury touch. This is a great way to create the illusion of a much larger space and add some visual interest.

Open Shelving in Shaker Kitchens

Shaker-style kitchens work well with open shelving, where you can display your favourite decorative items and add character to your space.

Contrasting colours and materials on open shelving can be great for adding interest.


Liven Up Your Space With Geometrics

The simplicity of a shaker-style kitchen makes it ideal for exploring new looks and putting your personal touch on the space. This can be in the form of exciting surfaces, hardware and finishing touches. For example, a bold geometric floor can be a great way to add a touch of style to your space.

Other elements such as metro tiles and unusual handles can be a great way to add a touch of style to a classic design.

Decorative Features and Hardware

Cup handles are a great way to add a touch of timeless style to a classic shaker kitchen. A metallic finish is a great way to bring warmth to your space and give an air of traditional authenticity.

Make The Most of Awkward Spaces

Maximising space in your kitchen is key. Smaller floor plans definitely do not mean you need to compromise on storage space or getting creative with the elements of your kitchen design.

Pull-out cabinets are a great way of maximising storage, whether it be in tight, hard-to-reach corners or thin awkward spaces. Our range of cabinetry comes in an array of sizes to ensure you can piece together the perfect cabinet layout. For example, small gaps can be filled with 150mm Pull-Outs, perfect for housing spices, oils and other cooking must-haves.

Alternatively, our bespoke services allow you to have custom-made cabinets ensuring a perfect fit for your built-in kitchen look.


Feature Free-Standing Tall Cabinets

Feature free-standing cabinetry are a great choice for an added wow-factor, and they look brilliant in vibrant colours to make a statement. Need the proof? Take a look at this beautifully grand dresser cabinet in classic Hartforth Blue.

Not only do they create a great focal point in your kitchen space, they are also incredibly practical with added storage and shelving.

Beautiful Simplicity

A shaker style kitchen is great for simplicity, and will not require much additional designing and styling to give your kitchen a new lease of life. Try a fuss-free colour scheme to add to the classic style.

Consider some of our go-to Neutrals: Stone, Porcelain, or Taupe Grey.


Accessorise With Natural Materials

Classic style extends to accessories too. Ceramics and natural materials can be a great way to add a touch of style to a modern shaker kitchen. These also add additional colour to the space.

Add natural materials in the form of rattan bar stools around a kitchen island, or even exposed beams and brickwork.

Include a Peg Rail

A peg rail can be great for both functionality and style. Originally an essential to hang pots from, a peg rail can create a space that is organised yet still minimal.

Ready to Build Your Dream Shaker Style Kitchen?

Here at Second Nature Kitchens, we're experts in this traditional kitchen style and can help you to create your dream space with an authentic shaker look. Explore our full range of authentic shaker kitchens on our website today, or for more information, quote or design advice, speak to your local retailer.