Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

Brush up on Shaker kitchen cabinet styles, and prepare to add a classic and stylish look to your kitchen design.

White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinetry, granite countertops and a timeless subway tile backsplash brings this kitchen to life and create the perfect cottage feel. Photography by Julie Holloway

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're looking for a simple, classic kitchen design that allows for both traditional and modern touches to be incorporated, you need look no further than Shaker kitchen cabinets.

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Eat-In L-Shaped Kitchen Design

 

L-Shaped Kitchen With Overhead Storage

Design by Greta Goss

Photo By: Designer, Greta Goss

French Kitchen With Black Accents

 

Contemporary Kitchen With Open Design

 

Open Kitchen Design With Island

 

Enchanting French-Style Kitchen

 

Photo By: Peter Leach

Elegant Kitchen With Two Islands

 

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Elegant Chef-Worthy Kitchen

 

Indoor/Outdoor Entertaining Kitchen

 

Photo By: Designer, Ilija Karlusic

One-Wall Kitchen With Sleek Design

 

Modern Urban Loft-Style Kitchen

 

Kitchen With Traditional Island

Design by Candice Olson.

Photo By: Designer, Candice Olson

Open Kitchen With Vibrant Blue Cabinets

 

Photo By: Designer, Alia Meyer

Artistic Kitchen With Red Quartz Countertop

 

Photo By: unknown

Open, Asian-Style Kitchen

 

Sleek Kitchen With Dark Cabinets

 

L-Shaped Kitchen With White Cabinets

 

Kitchen/Dining Room With Island

 

Open, L-Shaped Kitchen Design

 

Craftsman-Inspired Kitchen With Island

 

Dramatic Modern Kitchen Design

 

Photo By: Jennifer Brinkman

Small, Efficient Galley Kitchen

 

Kitchen With French Inspiration

 

U-Shaped Kitchen With Open Storage

 

Whimsical Kitchen With an Aquarium

 

Photo By: John D Smoak III

U-Shaped Kitchen With Teak Cabinets

 

Artistic Kitchen With Natural Materials

 

Photo By: Donna Griffith

Kitchen Integrated With Outdoor Space

 

Photo By: Erhard Pfeiffer

White Kitchen With Wine Bar

 

Japanese Kitchen With Imported Hardware

 

Old-World Kitchen With Antique German Tile

 

Photo By: Jim Fiora

Small Kitchen in Federal-Style Home

 

Photo By: Jim Fiora

Efficient Pullman-Style Kitchen

 

Comfortable Kitchen With Beach View

 

Warm, Welcoming Rustic Kitchen

 

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

Space-Saving One-Wall Kitchen

 

Photo By: Sponsor, Pangaea

Rustic Kitchen Featuring Chicken Wire

 

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

One-Wall Kitchen With Island Addition

 

Arts-and-Crafts-Style One-Wall Kitchen

 

From: Mary Broerman

Luxurious One-Wall Kitchen Space

 

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Open Single-Wall Kitchen

 

Photo By: Designer, Christopher J. Grubb

Dual-Purpose One-Wall Kitchen

 

High-End Kitchen for Entertaining

 

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Country-Style One-Wall Kitchen

 

Entertaining Kitchen With L-Shaped Island

 

From: Drury Design

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

High-Tech Kitchen Entertainment Experience

 

Photo By: Designer, Lori Dennis

Gourmet Kitchen That's Great for Gatherings

 

Photo By: Designer, Van Tullis

Kitchen With European and Asian Elements

 

Photo By: Designer, Troy Adams

Fun Kitchen With Ample Seating

 

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Kitchen With Two Islands for Prep and Cooking

 

Photo By: Designer, Philip Guarino

Kitchen With Two Sinks, Two Ovens

 

Photo By: Daniel Levin

Kitchen With Classy Oversized Fridge

 

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

Sleek, Modern Galley Kitchen

Professional-Grade Gourmet Kitchen

 

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Galley Kitchen Great for Outdoor Entertaining

 

Galley Kitchen Keeps Things in Easy Reach

 

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Galley Kitchen With Dashes of Color

 

Galley Kitchen With Great Storage

 

Peninsula Kitchen That Works as a Room Divider

 

Kitchen Peninsula That Works Like an Island

 

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Island and Lots of Character

 

Kitchen With Chef-Quality Island

 

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Island Gathering Spot in U-Shaped Kitchen

 

Sleek, Fun Modern Kitchen

Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs

L-Shaped Kitchen Designed for Guests

 

Kitchen That Blends Retro With Modern

Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs

Modern Kitchen With Concrete Countertops

Design by Rebekah Zaveloff

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Modern Kitchen With Warm Accents

Design by Gregory Augustine

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

Kitchen With Open, Modern Design

Photo by Rio Constantini. Design by Danenberg Design

Photo By: Sponsor, Danenberg Design

Stylish Kitchen With Modern Conveniences

Design by Vanessa DeLeon in New Jersey

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Modern Kitchen With Stainless Steel Countertops

Design by Andreea Avram Rusu

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Modern Eclectic Kitchen Design

Design by Randy Weinstein

Photo By: Designer, Randy Weinstein

Chef's Kitchen With High-End Appliances

Design by Gladys Schanstra

Photo By: Designer, Gladys Schanstra

Chef-Worthy Kitchen With Different Stations

Photo by George Lambros of Lambros Photography

Photo By: Designer, Barb Ince

Kitchen With Baker's Island

Photo by Woodliff Photography. Design by Jackie Glisson

Photo By: Designer, Jackie Glisson

Kitchen Designed for Two Cooks

Design by Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

From: Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

Photo By: Designer, Alan Hilsabeck Jr.

Gourmet Kitchen With Open Design

Designed by Estelle Jaivin in Los Angeles.

Photo By: Designer, Estelle Jaivin

Kitchen With Cooktop Island

Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai.

Photo By: Designer, Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Kitchen Island Creates Better Work Triangle

Elegant Kitchen With Display Shelves and Island

Design by Dave Stimmel.

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Kitchen Designed for Convenient Cooking

Design by McKee Patterson, AIA; photography by John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Small Kitchen With Island

Design by Didier Michot.

Gourmet Kitchen With Smart Surfaces

Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt of Velvet Hammerschmidt Designs

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Kitchen Designed for Heavy Use

Design by Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Multipurpose Sinks

Design by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris; photography by Rachael Boling

French Kitche With Homespun Charm

Photo by Ric Marder. Design by Ken Kelly in New York

French Kitchen With Classic Cabinetry

Design by Gail Drury in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

From: Drury Design

French Kitchen With Glazed Country Cabinetry

Design by Jackie Glisson

Horseshoe Kitchen Designed for Traffic

 

U-Shaped Kitchen With Island Wall

Design by Jennifer Duneier

Photo By: Designer, Jennifer Duneier

Small, Efficient Horseshoe Kitchen

Design by Tanya Griffin

From: Tanya Griffin

Rustic Kitchen With Log Accents

Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

English Cottage Kitchen With Rustic Style

Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Rustic White Country Kitchen

Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Flexible Modern L-Shaped Kitchen

Design by Alicia Friedmann

Pink Retro L-Shaped Kitchen

 

Contemporary Asian-Style Kitchen Design

Design by Lori Dennis

Shaker design sprang from a religious movement that began in the 1770s, during the early days of the American colonies. Marked by simple, efficient, understated design, Shaker-style cabinetry tends to forego any flourishes of style or design statements in favor of simple and efficient functionality.

That said, Shaker style kitchen cabinets can also provide the perfect "blank slate" for your design personality to be expressed. Their simple, clean lines can often work well when paired with bold, modern flooring, counter or backsplash choices—freeing you up to express your design sensibility throughout the kitchen.

In terms of materials, Shaker style kitchen cabinets tend to focus on high-quality woods traditionally available in the northeastern United States, the ancestral home of the Shaker movement. For this reason, cherry and maple—two traditional, highly durable woods—are often used in Shaker kitchen cabinets.

Finish-wise, Shaker-style kitchen cabinets can be left with a natural wood finish, stained or painted. Paints used tend to be light in color, but there's nothing stopping you from using your favorite vibrant shade on your own Shaker kitchen cabinets.

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