04 Jan A touch of royalty in the Shaker kitchen revolution
Blue is the new cream when it comes to kitchens. Up and down the land, people are falling in love with their coloured units, from the lightest powder blue to our personal favourite, a matt royal blue. In all its glorious shades and hues blue is rapidly becoming the colour of choice for new kitchens. And at the heart of this revolution is the trusty Shaker style.
Everyone has heard of the Shaker style kitchen but do you know where it comes from, where it got its name? You may have imagined that there was a Shaker company somewhere out there, maybe in the Netherlands, but you’d be wrong. ‘Shaker’ comes from the slang name given to a subsect of the Quakers in the eighteenth century, an offshoot of the Christian church. They called themselves The Wardley Society, and later The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing. But others called them the ‘Shaking Quakers’ because of the way they worshipped, believing that they channelled the spirit of God. The name stuck and they were commonly referred to as Shakers.
As a society they believed in living simple lives – all their furniture was functional and excessive decoration or adornment was considered unseemly and unnecessary. Therefore, the kitchens they built for themselves were plain, built around square-faced wooden doors with an inset panel, often either left bare or painted dark green or blue, so the blue Shaker-style kitchens of today are nothing new – they are in a way, a harking back to the origins of the style.
Unfortunately, the Shaker community had tough times and were often persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs. Some fled to other lands, and as a movement they are few in number today.
It is nice to know that something of them remains strong today though, as their furniture style is one of the most popular in the UK.
As for blue, well, an article in June’s Livingetc magazine titled ‘Gorgeous Blue Kitchen Ideas and Inspiration’ opened by saying that blue was “one of the strongest style trends that has come through in modern kitchen design”.
In its lighter tones blue is considered cool and calm, whereas its darker shades are sophisticated and chic. From a hint of colour to a bold fashion statement, blue is the kitchen colour we’d choose for 2020.
Who are we to contradict one of the UK’s most popular property style magazines? Take a look at the article in question for inspiration for your home as they showcase twenty beautiful blue kitchen styles for you to choose from.