Shaker cabinets are a classic that will never go out of style. They adapt well to just about any design style and are versatile enough to support all kinds of decor.
That means the way you style shaker cabinets makes all the difference. The details dictate the overall feel of the design. Take a closer look at these shaker cabinets kitchen designs and transform your kitchen into the space of your dreams.
Hardware Sets the Tone
With shaker cabinets being so versatile, the knobs and pulls can become the statement maker in the kitchen design. Just keep in mind that shaker cabinets are a simple design and it can be easy to over do it. Stick to understated hardware and you’ll keep your design in balance.
Gold tones are trending right now, and though distinctive, it suits the simplicity of the shaker style well. If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, go with wooden knobs. If you like rustic or enjoy vintage details, pick any metal that will gain a patina over time.
Shaker cabinets can also lean toward modern styling when they are painted white and have no hardware at all. A hygge influence in the kitchen makes room for linear details of the shaker style without overwhelming the minimalist design with hardware.
A Foundation of Flooring
The simplicity of white shaker cabinets invites nearly any type of flooring. Most popular is wood flooring. Dark, light and everything in between works well. The warmth of wood complements the cool cabinets, which sets the stage for multiple style options. From there you can go minimalist, farmhouse, contemporary, vintage, and more.
White shaker cabinets are also an excellent match for stone (or stone-look) tiles. Terra cotta tiles or even brick can also be good choices for more rustic or European styles. Add a patterned rug to the wood floor to add interest and draw the eye.
What about when you go with a hardwood shaker cabinet? What should you do about flooring then? You still can’t go wrong with wood flooring. Simply pick something that works with your cabinets. Or try something with less texture and variation than wood like an understated stone tile or ceramic tile with monochrome color.
Top It Off with Décor
If your kitchen is like most, you have space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Instead of leaving that space empty, use it for decor. Styling shaker cabinets with some decor seals the deal on your design.
It’s the perfect space for a tasteful collection or a vignette or two. Vignettes are curated items that come together to create a little story or experience. It might consist of a plant, picture, word art, and ceramic item. Vintage books are also popular to add to vignettes (if that matches your style).
Word art is wildly popular. Every style can include word art, but it’s a cornerstone of decor in a transitional or farmhouse style. Don’t forget to add some decor for holidays. That can be a fun way to change up the look of your decor regularly.
Display your serving ware on the top of the cabinets to double up on functionality and decor. Likewise, your tablescape items like candle holders, cake plates, etc. are excellent decor.
No décor is complete without the right lighting. Add some under cabinet lighting to both the underside of the cabinets and the top of the cabinets for some needed ambiance.
As you can see, even little things make a big difference. Style your shaker cabinets for a kitchen design that stands out.
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