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Kitchen Trends – Painted Shaker Kitchens

A style that doesn’t go out of fashion
A very popular trend within kitchens at the moment is the shaker door in a painted finish. This recent wave of popularity started four or five years ago but the predominant colour was cream, sometimes mixed with oak. An explosion of colour ensued and now the kitchen industry is awash with ranges of shaker doors to suit all palettes. The most requested seems to be differing shades of grey or stone.
The shaker kitchen door has been around in differing finishes and woodgrains for decades. It’s name derived from the ‘shaker villages’. Small towns of religious communities where simple yet beautifully crafted furniture including kitchens was hand built. Shaker kitchens nowadays refers to a simple door made up of five pieces which together gives a picture frame appearance. It can be constructed from any material. The cheapest being MDF or ‘medium density fibreboard’ which is then wrapped with either a paper or vinyl to imitate a wood or painted finish.
The Second Nature range offers painted ranges like Eden (pictured right), Cornell, Milton and Broadoak in a palette of 20 different Farrow and Ball colours which are painted predominantly on ash. In our showroom in Enfield, London we have two of these doors styles on display. An emerging trend within the penchant for painted ranges is mixing two colours within the kitchen. We see whites and off-whites being mixed with stones and greys. A white quartz worksurface can enhance a painted kitchen and create a stunning visual impact. Take a look at this feature within Beautiful Kitchens Magazine which featured two colours combined to create a great example of how to combine two paint colours effectively.

With so much colour choice available, truly individual looks can be created with imagination and a good kitchen design.
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