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Learn About The Many Benefits of Shaker Door Styles

The most popular door style in the Delaware Valley is, by far, a Shaker door style. And, for several reasons.
Also called “Arts and Crafts” a Shaker door style is so popular because depending on the counter-tops, hardware and fixtures it is used with, it is equally appealing and effective in a traditional or modern kitchen and many styles in between.
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Here are two very traditional kitchens employing a Shaker inset door style:
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There are many versions of this door style.  The doors can be inset, or more commonly full overlay but never 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 1 ½ “ wide which is traditional or wider.  The recessed panels can be plywood or the more expensive and preferred reverse raised panels.  The door can be  any species of wood and either stained or painted but never glazed (glazing such a simple door would only make it appear dirty).
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Simply switching to a full overlay Shaker door style with modern style handles, fixtures, tile and counter-tops makes it an ideal selection for a very modern kitchen like the one below:
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Shaker style doors fill such a broad range of design looks that 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 an ornate French Country  door style.  And because it is such a popular style, every cabinet company will make a shaker door in every wood species and finish they have available.
Finally, although it isn’t the least expensive style door, neither is it as expensive as most mitered door styles, and the added expense of glazing, distressing, or burnishing the cabinetry doesn’t really make sense for such a simple style door.  This makes Shaker an affordable look and so even more popular.
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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.  It surely won’t be the cutting edge of what’s trendy in kitchens in the future, but only a rare kitchen that is now won’t look silly in 10 or 15 years.  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.
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So here it is in all its glory:

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