Kitchen trends may come and go but there’s one style that’s always in fashion and that’s the Classically Shaker look. Elegant and timeless, the starting point for any design is a simple, in-frame panelled cabinet door. Keep it traditional with a soft cream, off-white or neutral painted colour or update the feel with a charcoal or grey finish and use nickel cup handles or a brushed bronze knob. The main centrepiece is usually a standout statement range cooker and the great thing about choosing Rangemaster is that there are so many models to select from in a variety of colours as well as different fuel types and widths to suit every space.
The next key element is the worktops and while wood is enduringly classic, the latest looks include mixing it up with contrasting materials for worksurfaces such as timber for an island or utility room and solid surface quartz or natural stone for the rest of the scheme. Look to the concrete or marble effects that many quartz companies offer, which have the added benefit of being seamless with no joins. A white ceramic butler or Belfast sink is the ultimate design for the wet zone and you can team it with a classic crosshead or swan neck mixer tap or pick one of the latest filtration or boiling water taps in a traditional shape and finish.
Tiles can also have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of any kitchen design but especially this Classically Shaker look. Rectangular brick tiles in a glazed finish and patterned styles are big news for walls and splashbacks while natural stone such as slate or limestone as well as porcelain and ceramic are ideal for floors. Keep toes toasty all year round with underfloor heating and finish the room with a series of copper or enamelled pendant lights hung over an island, dining table or breakfast bar.
The Professional +90 dual fuel from Rangemaster is the perfect all-round cooking companion with its smart stainless steel design, A/A energy rating and professional-style features. These include the Glide-Out Grill, Handyrack, Catch-rite door fixture, Nite-Light and Steadfast pan supports. Also available in Cream, Cranberry and Black as well as with a gas, ceramic or induction top, it’s ideal for a classically styled kitchen.
Rangemaster has a fantastic variety of cookers perfect for every kitchen look. The Toledo 110 comes in gloss black or stainless steel and is available as a dual fuel design as well as ceramic, gas or induction. To complete your Classically Shaker kitchen design, here are some of the latest accessories and finishing touches that will add elegance and charm to worktops and walls
This round wooden chopping board has a lovely rustic feel and is perfect for serving bread, cheese and pizza. Hand made using sustainably forested pine, it costs £25 at www.cottageinthehills.com
Use a neutral colour for the walls such as pebble, mushroom or taupe. This makes it easier to accessorise and update over time with pops of colour for small appliances, kitchen textiles and furniture such as stools and sideboards. Empire Grey No 171, London Plane No 200 and Lots Road No 24, from £4.25 for a 100ml sample pot at www.mylands.co.uk
Perfect for the festive season, Annabel James’s Turkey and Sprout cotton tea towel is hand printed and measures 50cm x 70cm. It’s priced £11.95 at www.annabeljames.co.uk
Put your feet up after a hard day with a tea, coffee or hot chocolate in one of these stylish Indigo Drop Mugs, priced £12.95 at www.graceandgloryhome.co.uk. Moulded from smooth earthenware and hand painted, they are ideal for refreshing a tired mug collection
Keep spoons and spatulas within easy reach with Garden Trading’s Raw Marble utensil holder. Priced £12.50, the chunky design could also be used for pens or paintbrushes in a study or hobby room. Visit www.gardentrading.co.uk
Give a classically Shaker kitchen a modern touch with this Zinc table from Loaf. With a bandsawn oak top and vintage-style zinc trim, it costs £745 at www.loaf.com
A timeless classic, this enamelware jug from Finch & Crane is ideal for serving hot and cold drinks as well as displaying fresh flowers or storing cutlery and utensils. It costs £16 at www.finchandcrane.com
This ceramic sugar pot carton from The Contemporary Home is a modern take on the traditional table accessory and costs £10 at www.tch.net