Shaker kitchens have remained popular due to their simplicity, functionality and innovative joinery.  The Shaker style originated from a religious sect in Manchester during 1774 (Wikepedia).  Shaker kitchens are very much a traditional design.  Because of the pared down approach, they work well in a range of interior settings.  They are equally at home in a contemporary, country and period property.

Shaker kitchens – view the kitchens

Luckily, there are companies like deVOL who are kept busy producing Shaker Kitchens.  Here are some kitchen design ideas showing Shaker Kitchens deVOL has built and installed in UK houses.  If you’re lucky enough to have space for a kitchen diner think about adding a rustic table with reclaimed chairs.  If you purchase these in advance, you can match the worktops with the wood of your dining furniture.

Shaker kitchens, dining area

Shaker Kitchen – Dining Area

Shaker style kitchens can also incorporate modern living requirements. If you have the room install a breakfast bar or a kitchen island.

Shaker kitchens, breakfast bar

Shaker Kitchen – Breakfast Bar

Shaker Kitchens, island

Shaker Kitchen – Island

Shaker kitchens – create the look

Shaker kitchens work well with a Butler Sink (Belfast Sink) as a feature.  You can pick up second hand vintage sinks from reclamation yards.  If you want a new one, there are plenty of modern versions available to buy.

Shaker kitchens, butler sink

Shaker Kitchen – Butler Sink

Upgrade to a Smeg range cooker which looks very much at home in the Shaker kitchen setting.

Shaker kitchens, Smeg range cooker

Shaker Kitchen – Smeg Cooker

When you’re lovely new Shaker kitchen has been installed you can treat yourself to some complementary accessories.  Buy rustic wooden crates and vintage scales for an authentic look.

Shaker kitchens, wooden crates

Shaker Kitchen – Wooden Crate

Shaker kitchens, vintage scales

Shaker Kitchen – Vintage Scales

Shaker kitchens – about the makers

DeVOL is the collaboration between university friends Philip deVries and Paul O’Leary.  They make absolutely beautiful bespoke kitchens ranging from contemporary through to classic designs.  DeVOL hand craft all their shaker kitchens which are finished with a subtle coat of paint.  They make both fitted and freestanding furniture which has been inspired by authentic Shaker carpentry – like dovetail joints for maximum strength.  All the doors are made from hardwood while the carcases are constructed from high grade birch ply.  This means the kitchens are durable and water resistant.  The kitchen units can be teamed with a Beech, Granite or Marble worktop for the ultimate finish.  You can find out more information on their website

Author: Homegirl London.  Photography: DeVOL Kitchens.  Thanks: Zoe Parker.