It’s not so long ago that high gloss, handleless kitchens were the ‘must have’ for the modern family kitchen. Floor to ceiling, clinically uniform banks of bland cabinets and integrated appliances were de rigueur in city living and suburban houses alike.

However, as people have looked to invest their hard earned cash in their ‘forever homes’ they have gravitated towards a bespoke solution that is not only stylish but a long-term investment that will fit the space and their lifestyles perfectly. A classic shaker kitchen will not only stand the test of time on a practical level, but it is also possible to adapt when design trends change by using alternative coloured paint and accessories.

Modern Shaker kitchen in deep ocean blue with brass t bar handles on hand made cabinets and large island with belfast sink and white quartz in kitchen diner extension in Handforth

For example, a cream, handmade shaker painted kitchen with polished nickel handles can take on a distinctly more urban industrial look by repainting in Grey, adding brushed stainless door furniture. Alternatively, a more modern sophisticated look can be achieved by painting in navy blue with brass handles

There is now so much greater awareness of protecting the environment from plastic waste; people prefer to use natural materials such as wood that will last and be easy to update and maintain.

As open plan and broken plan continue to grow in popularity with people opting to extend their properties, kitchen islands remain a popular choice to delineate kitchen and living areas. Serving as a versatile hub for all the family, used by children and adults alike for homework and entertainment,  ‘staying in’ really is the new ‘going out’! What’s more, the appeal of large open workspaces for food preparation with cool granite and quartz worktops for pastry preparation has been further enhanced by the ‘bake off’ effect!

Whilst many are drawn to cooking with a traditional range surrounded by a traditional mantel, some people prefer the versatility of a split hob and wall mounted oven arrangement with the option to combine providing steam oven, combination microwave, warming drawer and traditional oven. It really is possible to mix modern appliances with traditional shaker cabinets.

The larder or pantry is another traditional piece that is hot in demand. Whilst a walk in pantry is the ultimate in kitchen luxury, an alternative, perfect for the smaller kitchen, is the freestanding or integrated bifold larder cupboard. Serving as both an additional hidden work surface for breakfast appliances and an area to store food, perfectly embracing values of the past whilst hiding modern day clutter.

Classic Shaker Kitchen in grey with larder, wall mounted ovens, bookshelf and peninsula island incorporating induction and gas hob

Open shelving has also made a come back in homes, from traditional displays of Kilner jars, cocktail glasses, china and oversized clocks, to photographs, artwork and illuminated message boxes. Personalising your kitchen with beautiful treasured accessories makes your kitchen truly individual.

If you have been inspired by this article and want to know more about Handcrafted Kitchens beautifully hand made, bespoke wooden kitchens call us on 07894666301 for a free design consultation