Shaker is a versatile, timeless design, originated by the Shakers, a religious sect which flourished in the 19th century, and it is largely used today for its simplicity and flexibility. It is also a relatively affordable style, although production costs will vary depending on wood species, choice of finishes, etc.
This traditional style kitchen with Shaker cabinet doors gets a contemporary look by using stainless steel appliances, subway tile backsplash, and other details such as tubular hanging lights and acrylic chairs around the island. Take away the more contemporary appliances and details and a completely traditional look can come alive. The versatility of Shaker can be a long lasting investment in a home.