Birmingham Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets acquire their name from Shakers Religion. Shakers were very industrious and quickly became known for making quality furniture and cabinets. In keeping with the spirit of the simple Shaker lifestyle, Shaker furniture and craftsmanship is distinguished by functionality and simplicity. Shaker-style cabinets are one of the most versatile and stylish pieces available for you.

A shaker cabinet door is comprised of four rails and a flat center panel, which distinguishes it from a raised panel door. The hallmark feature is the recessed panel which adds some visual interest to an otherwise ornament-free design. They are also distinguished by an overall sleek appearance.

Structural Styles of Shaker-Style Cabinets

Cabinets, in general, have three main structural styles — inset, partial overlay or full overlay. 

1. Inset Cabinets

Inset cabinets sit within a frame that surrounds the five-piece structure have a large round top with a smaller square or rectangular opening. Inset cabinetry is perfect for kitchens and dining rooms because they offer more strength and stability because the frames ground the cabinet to the floor. Inset cabinets are generally made of pine, oak, maple, and poplar wood but can also be made of other types of wood such as cherry, mahogany, and maple.

2. Partial Overlay Cabinets

Partial overlay cabinets are an excellent choice for kitchens. They are also trendy in the dining room and other rooms. These cabinets are made of wood with an overlay, a piece of wood that covers the cabinet’s frame for extra strength and stability. Cabinets with partial overlay have slight gaps between the cabinet openings. The framing and the gaps help you avoid much internal hardware, so it’s cost-effective.

3. Full Overlay Cabinets

These cabinets have no raised edges, so the doors cover the whole cabinetry face. Most people like this type of cabinetry as its construction gives extra space since the cabinet’s door does not rely on the original cabinet space in closing. This type of cabinet typically has no frames. They also come with different chamfered edging, which helps you attain a unique look for your kitchen. The edgings include York, Berwyn, and Livingston.

Shaker Cabinets Finishings

Once you are done with your cabinet construction, the following are finishing designs and techniques you can use to change the cabinet’s look moderately.

Paint gives your cabinets a more contemporary and modern look. You can choose any color or combination of colors for shaker cabinets. Although white is still the most popular color for a shaker door, bolder colors such as dark blues, teals and a variety of greys are finding their way into homes often as the base for a two-toned kitchen or to highlight an island or pantry wall. 

Forms of Shaker-Style Kitchen Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Style

Shaker cabinets look amazing in a traditional kitchen. They add a clean look to a traditional design. Consider painting them a farmhouse color or installing

 antique hardware for the final touch.

Modern Kitchen Style

Shaker cabinets can work well with modern kitchen design because of their clean-cut features. These cabinets are made from solid wood and are available in different colors, such as white, black, navy, grey, and many more. You can combine them with other finishes, such as stainless steel.

Contemporary Kitchen Style 

They are mostly made from MDF material, but you can also use oak, maple, or walnut for your kitchen cabinets design. These cabinets are typically made to look like no doors or drawers, but they do have them hidden beneath their surface.

The best thing about shaker style cabinets is that you can use them as inspiration and then get creative with it! Consider painting your bottom cabinets white and the top cabinets a bold and vibrant color.

Glass with Two-toned Color Scheme

A two-toned kitchen is visually appealing. Use a vibrant color on the bottom cabinets that goes well with white, as you will want to white to be the other color in the two-tone theme. Try sticking with neutral color for the bottom cabinets or a deep shade of blue. For the white shaker cabinets on top, consider using glass shaker doors which allow you to keep the shaker style while showing off your beautiful dishes.

Use with Rustic Shelving

When using shaker cabinets, consider incorporating some rustic shelving into the design. Keep the shaker cabinets for the bottom and paint them white or another neutral color. 

Benefits of Shaker-Type Cabinets

Shaker cabinets are beautiful, highly durable, cost-effective, and versatile. The simple, yet elegant designs appeal to a wide variety of homeowners while improving the home’s resale value. They are perfect for those people who want to give their kitchen a unique look and can easily match any other furniture and flooring in your home. These cabinets are also very affordable, so they are very popular with homeowners who want to add a little rustic charm to their kitchens without spending much money. The price is based on the size of the kitchen and the type of wood used. High-quality wood (such as maple, oak, or poplar) is recommended and durable as it will last for decades and withstand scratches, bumps, and knocks. You can easily clean them by wiping them with a damp cloth instead of using harsh chemicals that may damage the finish on your cabinets over time. 

At Colours Cabinet Refinishing we will provide customized solutions for your cabinets. Whether your cabinets just need painting, new doors, and drawer fronts, modifications, or anything in between, we can help! We supply you with a free consultation and estimate, and free color samples so you can make the best decision for your home. 

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