Installing a new kitchen is one of the most expensive home improvement projects that you can undertake, the average cost of a new install is £8,000, it’s therefore not a room that tends to get a regular refresh – kitchens are usually replaced every 10-15 years. It’s a costly investment and not one many people can afford to get wrong, getting it right and choosing a design you’ll continue to enjoy for a decade (or more) is essential.
Kitchens are available for all budgets, a basic kitchen with sink, units and handles can cost as little as £1,000 from a budget brand such as IKEA and around £8,000 for a John Lewis kitchen. The low cost options usually come as flat-pack units that if assembled well can provide a good solution and a reasonable finish, the more expensive versions are made from thicker wood and come pre-assembled.
Shaker Style Kitchen
When it comes to design, the Shaker kitchen is arguably the most timeless design. Shakers are known for their simplicity and quality. Believing embellishments are unnecessary and functionality key, this ideology’s created designs that have stood the test of time. If you’re looking for a kitchen that will still look current in a decade’s time a shaker kitchen is a good investment. Not only does this style work in a modern home, it’s also suitable in a period property.
Wooden panelled cabinet doors are what identify the Shaker style. Traditionally the wood would be kept natural and while this may work in a period property, you can bring these historic designs into the 21st century with a high-gloss or ultra-matt paint effect. Painting Shaker furniture (especially chairs) in bold colours or matt black makes a dramatic and modern statement – it’s a look you can update again and again with a new paint job!
Shaker Style Kitchens
If you have a period property but country chic is too kitsch for your taste, the simplicity of a Shaker design can create the ideal mix of traditional and contemporary. Handles are typically simple round wooden knobs, usually kept in the same finish as the cabinet for a streamline finish. To tie the kitchen into the style of the property use a colour palette that’s sympathetic to the architectural elements and the decor. Farrow & Ball have collections that are well suited to period properties, sticking to neutral palettes will keep a modern clean look while staying in keeping with the period.
This classic Shaker kitchen (above) mixes old and new with bi-fold doors tied together with classic Mushroom paint from Farrow & Ball and Lagoon Silestone worktops – natural surfaces such as wood or quartz work well with the Shaker styles.
Free-standing kitchens are well suited to Shaker style and can work out cheaper than a fitted option. In addition, it gives you more flexibility if you want to change the layout of your kitchen in the future. An unmistakable feature of the Shaker kitchen is the peg rail, used to store everything from coats to chairs. Open shelving and wicker basket drawers are also iconic features.
If you’re choosing a Shaker design for its style longevity don’t buy cheap units, they won’t last. Good quality solid wood cabinets can be expensive to purchase and install but they’ll last for years. If you get tired of the design you can easily shake it up with a colour pop!
If your high gloss units are looking lack-lustre or you simply want to update you kitchen with a style that you’ll still appreciate in 10 years’ time, post your job and we’ll put you in touch with kitchen specialists in your local area.