Shaker Design Style

Shaker Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

The long-lasting style of Shaker furniture and design has influenced nearly every design style since it’s creation. The Shaker philosophy is form before function; principles that are relevant in today’s chaotic lifestyles. “Don’t make anything unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”

VISUAL CUES:
1. Ladder-back cane seat chairs, and wood trestle tables
2. Wooden Knobs and pulls
3. Simple design; no ornamentation, fretwork or decorative carvings
4. Peg rails and chair rails
5. Sturdy but soft lines, often with eased edges
6. Recessed Panel cabinetry with square style and rails
7. Custom storage, often built-in, with graduated and varying drawer sizes
8. Turned and tapered legs
9. Graduated drawers (the bottom drawer of a chest is larger than the top
drawers)
10. Plenty of Baskets

It’s interesting that only a few Shaker societies still exist today, even though their craftsmanship is loved by so many. Want to learn more about the Shakers? Click here.