Design | 27 July 2021

Trend Alert! Shaker Style is Back in the Spotlight

by Carlisle Homes

Effortless, timeless – Shaker cabinetry is the ultimate style chameleon. Discover it for your home.

Shaker cabinetry never really goes out of style. But with sleek, flat-panelled cabinetry trending over the past couple of years, it’s taken something of a back seat for a while. However, with 2021 design trends shifting towards the earthy and cocooning, this classic style has come back to the fore.

Characterised by doors and cabinet fronts with square edges, a flat centre panel and minimal detailing, Shaker cabinetry is the ultimate style chameleon. It can be dressed up or down and suits a range of interior looks. Pair it with a benchtop in luxurious Caesarstone® or a marble-look finish for a timeless and elegant aesthetic, style it with warm timber tones and rustic touches for a coastal feel, or add colour to your cabinetry and go for that eclectic, homey vibe. The choice is yours!

Read on to learn more about the Shaker trend and how to work it into your new home.

Chic and versatile, Shaker cabinetry is characterised by angular doors which are complemented by sleek, flat panelled cabinetry. Dressed up or down; it’s a timeless style option for your forever home. Featured here: Canterbury Grand, Minta Estate, Berwick.

Where did the Shaker look originate?

It is named after the Shakers, a religious community founded in England that later settled in North America in the mid-18th century. Their guiding principles centred on simplicity, honesty and utility, and Shaker-style design emerged as a reflection of that. Shaker furniture and cabinetry is admired for its simplicity and craftsmanship, and it’s a look that has stood the test of time.

What’s trending in 2021?

‘Skinny Shaker’ cabinet fronts, with slimmer-than-average edges, are gaining traction this year in kitchens and bathrooms. That’s not to say that classic wider-edge Shaker panelling is going anywhere any time soon, it’s just a little modern twist on an otherwise timeless look.

Matt-white Shaker cabinetry is ideal for setting a calm and soothing tone in kitchens and bathrooms, and allows you to get creative with your benchtop colour and material – think deeper colours, thicker edges or a marble-look top with intricate veining. It’s also the perfect partner for contemporary artwork and decorative accents.

Coloured Shaker cabinetry is another popular choice, and one that is guaranteed to add depth and warmth to your interior. Colours derived from nature, such as warm greens, navy, dusty blue and pale stone, are the go-tos in 2021. Use one colour across all your kitchen cabinetry or combine two different colours for a characterful look.

The perfect pared back look for a soothing bathing experience. Together with Caesarstone’s Georgian Bluffs™ 6134 benchtop, Matt-white Shaker-style cabinetry adds a classic yet luxurious touch to any bathroom. Featured: Sorrento Grand Retreat, Mt. Atkinson Estate, Truganina.

Where can I use it?

Shaker-style cabinetry is a natural choice for kitchens and bathrooms. But these spots are far from your only option; add elegance to your living area with built-in storage with Shaker fronts, transform your laundry with Shaker cabinetry, or specify the look to the doors of your wardrobe and home.

Running cabinetry with the same door profile throughout your home will create a sense of visual flow between the different rooms. But that’s not to say you can’t mix it up; combining Shaker in your kitchen and bathroom and V-groove cabinetry in your living room, for example, will give your home a textured and dynamic feel.

Which handles go with Shaker cabinetry?

When it comes to door handle styles for Shaker cabinetry, think clean lines and soft edges – for example, cup handles for drawers and simple knobs or D-bar handles for cabinetry. Finishes such as pewter and brushed nickel create a classic and sophisticated feel against white Shaker cabinetry, while matt-black handles add a contemporary edge.

If you’ve opted for coloured Shaker cabinetry, say dusty blue or moss green, consider handles in a warmer metallic such as bronze or brushed gold.

The beauty of the Shaker-style is its sophisticated simplicity. Its adaptability means you can approach styling it in a way that best suits your home. Stick to neutral tones with bold accessories for a sophisticated look, or create a rustic feel with farmhouse-style accessories such as a peg rail or timber bar stools. Featured here: Sorrento Grand, Aurora Estate, Wollert.

How do I style it?

The Shaker look calls for clean-lined timber furniture, upholstery in natural materials such as linen and cotton, timber or stone flooring, and open shelving to display your prettiest glassware or favourite indoor plants. Invest in well-made pieces that will last, and be sure to leave plenty of space around items so they can ‘breathe’.

When it comes to colour, look to neutral tones drawn from nature, such as tan, caramel, beige and soft grey.

How you approach the styling of a room fitted out with Shaker cabinetry depends on the mood you want to create. For a sophisticated look, accessorise with upholstered dining chairs and bar stools, glass pendants, touches of leather, a classic herringbone floor and accents of pewter or brushed nickel in light fixtures and picture frames. In a bathroom, consider limestone-look floor tiles, a concrete-look benchtop and generously sized mirrors that bounce light around the space.

The sleek Shaker look is a great way to create visual flow from your ensuite to bedroom. Opt for a neutral all-white palette for your cabinetry and shelving, accented by natural materials like wicker storage baskets and clean-lined timber furniture. Featured here: Canterbury Grand, Minta Estate, Berwick.

Classic Shaker-style cabinetry works a treat with a Hamptons-inspired look. Learn more about our Hamptons Interior styles and how to add Hamptons flair to your home here.

Want to see how the Shaker-style looks in a real home setting? Visit one of our Carlisle display homes featured above, and you’ll get a chance to view this trending look and many more. Click here to find your nearest display centre or call 1300 520 914

Like this article? Add it to your favourites

Carlisle newsletter

Get the latest news from Carlisle Homes regarding exclusive specials, lifestyle and interior trends.