Our tips site continues to introduce you to interesting interior styles. Today we will talk about such an interesting direction as a shaker. Let’s talk about the history of this style and explain where this name came from. Here are some examples of shaker-style interiors to visually appreciate their features.
In fact, the name “shaker” has nothing to do with mixing and cocktails. This interior style was influenced by the lifestyle of a religious sect with the long name United Community of Believers in the Second Coming of Christ. The sect arose in the 1700s in England, but then in 1744 its representatives moved to America, fleeing religious persecution.
It was in America, actively settling in a new place, that the sectarians created their own style of interior design, which became very popular throughout the United States. The design direction was called “Shaker” because the representatives of the sect practiced ecstatic dances during their worship and they were called “shaking”, that is, “shakers”.
The most famous element of this design trend is kitchens with shaker-style cabinets. Pay attention to their characteristic facades. Very laconic, beautiful, functional. Such cuisines are very popular all over the world. Immaculately simple, flat, square design of cabinets gives them a special charm, makes them recognizable at first sight.
At one time, shaker cabinets became an innovative example of carpentry, because the representatives of this religious sect were excellent artisans and made all the furniture themselves, traditionally from maple and cherry.
Designers claim that shaker cabinets go well with modern kitchen furnishings such as stone and metal countertops. Such furniture is rightfully called timeless, it does not go out of fashion for decades..
Interestingly, a new round of growth in the popularity of the shaker style was discussed last year at the Paris exhibition of furniture design and decor items Maison & Objet. The portal wrote to you about the trends of this event in 2019. A year earlier, a renowned expert in design and fashion, trend-hunter Dutchwoman Lidewij Edelkoort, founder of the Paris-based agency Trend Union, said that the simplicity of the shaker style deserves more attention..
According to Edelcourt, people try to make something ordinary extraordinary, they seek comfort in simplicity..
In general, the style of a shaker can be described literally in one phrase – it is a simple, solid, pragmatic design. No frills, very calm and functional. According to the designers, the American style of the shaker has a lot in common with the Scandinavian style of interior design and the Japanese wabi-sabi..
Interior and entrance doors continue the style of kitchen cabinets. By the way, it was representatives of the shaker community who came up with the idea of embedding wardrobes into the walls, creating hidden and functional storage systems.
The design of furniture in the style of a shaker is always straight, solid, the chairs are firmly hammered, and wooden toys, candlesticks, sconces and floor lamps can serve as decoration. Fabrics – cotton, linen, silk. Natural, muted colors.
Kitchens with shaker cabinets have long become not only American, but also world classics. As well as interior doors of a similar design. Overall, style deserves attention as a popular trend and an example of how beautiful simplicity and functionality can be..