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The Most Popular Shaker Cabinet Door Style is also the Most Versatile

Main Line Kitchen Design celebrates 13 years of Shaker being the most popular door style. Here is blog we wrote over 10 years ago. It was true then, as it is now!

Updated blog on the Shaker Door Style from June 23rd, 2011

The most popular door style in the Delaware Valley is Shaker and for several reasons.

Also called “Arts and Crafts” a Shaker door style is so popular because it is versatile. Depending on the countertops, hardware and fixtures used, it is equally appealing and effective in a traditional or modern kitchen. And in many styles in between.
shaker maple kitchen with peninsula
Maple Shaker kitchen

There are many versions of this door style.

The doors can be inset, or more commonly full overlay but never standard overlay. In Standard Overlay, the streamline look of the door style would be lost. The stiles and the rails (the outside frame of the door) can be 2 1/8 wide. This is the traditional width, or wider.

The recessed panels can be plywood, or the more expensive and preferred reverse raised panels. For painted cabinets MDF center panels are recommended. The door can be any species of wood and either stained or painted.  They are never glazed as (glazing such a simple door would only make it appear dirty).

Simply switching to a full overlay shaker door style with modern style handles, fixtures, tile and countertops makes it an ideal selection for a very modern kitchen.
Natural wood kitchen in Shaker style but much more modern looking
More contemporary Shaker styling

Because Shaker door styles fill a broad range of design looks. They are the selection of choice when considering the resale value of a home.

The style appeals to more prospective home buyers than a truly ultra-modern door style or the other extreme an ornate French Country door style. Because it is such a popular style, every cabinet company will make a shaker door.  And it will be available in most wood species and finishes that they have available.
It isn’t the least expensive style door nor is it as expensive as most mitered door styles. Plus, the added expense of glazing, distressing, or burnishing the cabinetry doesn’t really make sense for such a simple style door. This makes shaker affordable and even more popular.

One question I get asked by a large percentage of my customers is:

“Will my kitchen still be fashionable in 10 years or longer?”

Although no one can predict the future to a certainty, my reply is always the same.  If you select a style that has been popular in one form or another for hundreds of years and don’t do anything radical to it, your kitchen will always be tasteful. The high gloss thermofoil rage of 13 years ago was just such a trendy style and it is now considered quite out of date even by less informed consumers.

Below are two Main Line Kitchen Design Shaker kitchens.

Barn kitchen with big open windows and a lot of natural lighting Shaker door style in Fabuwood Galaxy Frost
Fabuwood Shaker Galaxy Frost Kitchen

Narberth PA Kitchen white shakerckitchen with large island
Narberth PA, Bishop Shaker Kitchen


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