3 Ways To Change Your Modern Kitchen To Create A Shaker-Carriage Look

Posted on: 24 November 2019

Traditionally, the Shaker-style kitchen is simplistic, uncluttered, open, and inviting. Pairing that traditional look with carriage-style elements can create a new kitchen space that is functional, beautiful, and clean in appearance. If you currently have a modern home and want to transition to a Shaker-carriage style, there are certain elements to plan to remove during the renovation. Here is a look at three things that will have to be changed in your modern cooking space to achieve the look. 

1. Have the upper row of cabinetry removed

If you took a tour of a traditional Shaker-style kitchen, you would find the cabinets are more on the lower level, and the upper walls are reserved for shelving. You can easily achieve the same look without having to replace all of your cabinets; you can have the lower cabinets refaced and the upper rows of cabinetry removed. Adding a few basic, clean-line shelves to store necessities where the upper cabinets were will finish off the look. Keep in mind that eliminating your upper cabinets can mean you will need more room for storage, so implementing a small pantry or kitchen closet can do you a lot of good. 

2. Bring in as much natural light as possible

Open up the kitchen with large windows that reach from the top of the counters to nearly the ceiling, install double French doors with full glass, and allow in as much natural light as possible. The Shaker-carriage sort-of style is all about using natural light to illuminate the kitchen as much as possible instead of relying on artificial lighting. Whatever light fixtures you do install to use after the sun goes down, make sure they are simplistic in form and function. 

3. Get rid of complicated textures throughout the space

The last thing you would see in a Shaker-style home is anything that boasted a complicated texture or pattern. Shaker and carriage kitchens are known for their clean lines and smooth surfaces, from the floor to the ceiling. The look is almost minimalist in nature, so a few clean lines work, but anything more than that will make the space look more futuristic. For example, if you have intricately carved crown molding in your kitchen, this is something that should be removed during a renovation project. Similarly, complicated floor patterns should go, so stick with something like a wood floor without a lot of heavy grain markings or patterns. 

To learn more, contact your local home renovations team today.