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5 Reasons to Make Your Blue Shaker Kitchen Vision a Reality

Are you dreaming of a blue Shaker kitchen design? Because we have to say pictures of blue Shaker kitchens are dreamy! We’ve been looking at all kinds of beautiful kitchens done with blue Shaker cabinets, and they are surprisingly different and unique, while all gorgeous.

If you’re drawn to blue in your new kitchen as you imagine what it might look like, here are five reasons to consider making that vision a reality:

  1. Blue is neutral. No, really! Look down at the pants you’re wearing. Are they denim? Most people wear jeans these days, and they wear those jeans with all kinds of colors. And what color are jeans? Blue, of course! And blue can be just as neutral in your kitchen design.
  2. If you want a blue Shaker kitchen, you can have any shade or type of blue you’d like, from a pale Robin’s egg blue to a rich, deep navy color. Our paint match program matches the Sherwin Williams color you’re in love with to paint your semi custom cabinets in just that color.
  3. You have plenty of options for how you’ll use the blue in your blue Shaker kitchen. Go for a tuxedo style kitchen, with blue semi custom cabinets below and white wall cabinets above. Use your blue Shaker cabinets for the kitchen island only. Or use blue cabinets to create a focal point in your kitchen, perhaps around that commercial style range you’ll install.
  4. A blue Shaker kitchen is a versatile kitchen. We’ve written time and time again about the versatility of Shaker cabinets in the kitchen, with the ability to fit with a traditional style or a contemporary one (or a transitional style, for something in between). And even a blue Shaker kitchen has this same versatility. Only take a look on Pinterest and you’ll see all types of styles with blue Shaker kitchen cabinets.
  5. Blue Shaker kitchen cabinets also work with a range of countertops, from quartz to granite to butcher block. Honestly, looking at pictures, we were surprised at just how many types of countertops work seamlessly with blue cabinets. The butcher block countertops look especially nice. Something about the blue makes the natural beauty of the wood stand out.

Your new kitchen is just that: your new kitchen. If you want bright blue cabinets with yellow curtains waving in the breeze of the open window, go for it. If you want a beach house look reminiscent of the seaside with light blue cabinets and off white walls, it’s doable and it will look lovely. That’s the thing about kitchens these days: Almost anything goes. So don’t be blue about blue: Make blue come true!

White Shaker Style Cabinets Continue to Be Popular Kitchen Cabinet Choice

Although homeowners today have countless choices for kitchen cabinet colors, glazes, stains and finishes, white Shaker style cabinets continue to be as popular as ever. What contributes to this perennial popularity? It’s probably a combination of the Shaker style and the color white.

Shaker style cabinets come from a long tradition
Shaker style cabinets are modeled after the Shaker furniture of 19th century. Although the Shakers who were crafting the timeless furniture we now consider works of art, they didn’t have kitchen cabinets like we have today. So we can’t exactly say Shaker style cabinets are a continuation of an original design. But the aesthetic is consistent: clean lines free of ornamentation.

That aesthetic gives Shaker style cabinets a versatility unlike other kitchen cabinet styles. A Shaker cabinet is at home in a traditional kitchen as a modern one. That versatility also ensures it will stand the test of time. You won’t grow tired of this cabinet style, and if you decide to revamp your kitchen with a whole new look in a few years, chances are your cabinets can stay put while the design around them changes.

White kitchen cabinets also have a long tradition
White kitchens date back to the porcelain of the 1920s, according to some historians, when the color was associated with hygiene and cleanliness—a big deal when kitchens lacked modern conveniences like we have today for careful food storage and preservation. Probably because it is extremely versatile like the Shaker style, white has been a popular color for kitchens and kitchen cabinets for decades. It’s timeless and classic.

White brightens up any room, and this is especially important in the kitchen. The color is clean and fresh, prompting good appetites and energy levels. Picture an all-red kitchen in contrast. Although the color red is supposed to be an appetite stimulant, it’s hard to imagine feeling comfortable in a kitchen that’s predominantly red!

And like the Shaker design, white kitchen cabinets will look good in any kitchen style, from country to contemporary, traditional to minimalist.

When to be wary of the white Shaker style cabinets
Put the two together—the timeless Shaker style and the classic white color—and it’s no wonder you have one of the most popular kitchen cabinet styles of all time. Which leads us to a caveat: It can be easy to be fooled into buying a lower-quality cabinet just because the cabinet looks the way you want it to look. But you’re buying this cabinet for the long-term, and you want a durable, high-quality cabinet that will stand up to the wear and tear of a typical kitchen. So invest in a good quality semi-custom cabinet for your kitchen. It’s worth the money because you’re going to enjoy it for many years yet to come….

Why a Grey Shaker Style Kitchen Is a Smart Kitchen Design Choice

If you’re picturing a grey Shaker style kitchen for your new kitchen remodel, you’re making a wise choice. Ultra Violet might be the color everyone is talking about in 2018, but a taupe grey was Sherwin Williams’ choice for top color of 2017, remember. Why? Because grey is the new neutral, especially in kitchens. And when it comes to the cabinet style you choose, Shaker kitchen cabinets won’t ever go out of style. Combine the neutrality of grey with the timelessness of Shaker style, and you have a kitchen design choice you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons why a grey Shaker style kitchen is a smart kitchen design choice…

Grey is particularly versatile
Grey is a versatile color, for sure, and you can have almost any kind of grey Shaker style kitchen when you have custom color paint matching. Because, let’s face it, grey is not just grey. It can be any number of variations of grey, from a yellowish tint to a bluish one, or even slightly pink. It can be so light it’s almost white or so dark it’s almost charcoal or any shade in between. Can you think of another color that offers as many options as that? No matter which option you choose, however, grey can go any style direction, from classic country to streamlined sleek. You name the style, and grey can pull it off.

Shaker style cabinets are also quite versatile
Not only is grey versatile, so is Shaker styling. A grey Shaker style kitchen can be modified or customized in any number of ways because Shaker kitchen cabinets are timeless in their appeal and adaptable in their design. The Shaker style can be used in a traditional kitchen or a modern one, or even in what designers call a transitional kitchen design.

If you really want to push the envelope, you easily can. Grey Shaker kitchen cabinets can be used in a tuxedo style kitchen, with darker or black cabinets below and light above, or imagine light grey cabinets below and white ones above. Or you can choose to give your new grey Shaker kitchen your personal style by making the kitchen island the focal point.

Redoing your kitchen is a major undertaking, both in cost and in hassle as you must do without a kitchen for weeks or months while the remodel gets done. This is not something you want to do every few years! So make sure you choose a new kitchen design that will suit you for many years to come. And a grey Shaker style kitchen might just be the way to go, for a classic look and timeless appeal no matter how you tweak it!

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets Still Dominate Contemporary Kitchen Design

Some things never go out of style. Think of the elegant, well-fitted clothing of the 1950s, or the classic look of a 1936 Buick Roadmaster. It seems that no matter how far contemporary design might differ from the designs of the recent past, some looks have a timelessness that gives them perennial appeal.

Such is the case with Shaker style kitchen cabinets too. What we know today as Shaker style started in the 19th century, as Shaker communities built furniture that was minimalist yet functional. Pieces of Shaker furniture are so revered as to be collected by museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

No matter how are tastes change from age to age, the simple, classic and straightforward design appeals to us, and continues to drive a demand for Shaker style kitchen cabinets.

That timelessness makes Shaker style kitchen cabinets versatile. This style of kitchen cabinet can work in a traditional kitchen or a modern one. Shaker cabinets are perfect for transitional style kitchens—those that are an eclectic yet comfortable mix of contemporary and classic.

If you choose Shaker style kitchen cabinets, you won’t lock yourself into one look forever. You can go for one type of design now, then change up your kitchen later without having to get new kitchen cabinets, especially when you buy well-built kitchen cabinets that will last you for many years.

Shaker style kitchen cabinets can be stained or painted. They can be lightly stained so the natural wood grain shows through, painted white for a ageless look, or painted one of today’s trending colors such as a deep, soft blue.

Perhaps because the look started with furniture, Shaker style kitchen cabinets have a furniture look to them, meaning they fit perfectly into other rooms such as a family room, or in an open concept kitchen enhanced with built-in cabinets beyond what’s needed in the kitchen area. They also make lovely kitchen islands with their furniture-like appearance.

Whether you peruse Pinterest or scour kitchen design blogs, one thing is for sure: You will continue to see Shaker style kitchen cabinets used in all styles of kitchens. And why not? It is the ageless style that continues to dominate contemporary design.