Shaker Style Kitchens

Bring charm and sophistication to your NZ home with a beautifully crafted Shaker kitchen. Explore our Shaker kitchen designs here.

shaker style kitchen blue cabinets

Renowned for their precision and functionality, Shaker kitchens are the ultimate in kitchen refinement. What’s more, these kitchens complement any home aesthetic, from ultra-modern to traditional. Shaker kitchens are synonymous with clean lines and intentional, symmetrical details.

Read on to learn more about creating a crafted Shaker kitchen and how Refresh can make your dream Shaker kitchen a reality.

What is a Shaker kitchen?

Shaker kitchens originated in the 18th century with their namesake, the Shakers. These hard-working people belonged to self-sufficient religious groups who valued simplicity and efficiency. Shaker style homes were built with durable, sustainable materials and a keen eye for efficiency. Their timeless kitchens reflected these values with simple, symmetrical styles that focus on the quality of craftsmanship above all else.

Features of a Shaker kitchen

Shaker kitchens have endured the test of time because of their practicality and versatility. Some of their characteristics include:

Neutral colour palette

Shaker kitchens are made with sustainability in mind. The use of exposed timber and neutral colours complement the simple beauty of a well-crafted kitchen.

Conscious cabinetry

Shaker-style cabinet doors feature plain, clean vertical and horizontal edges with square rails and flat panels. Crafted from hardwoods, these cabinets range in colour and hardware choice. This versatile kind of cabinetry gives the kitchen a sense of understated elegance.


Every detail in the kitchen is symmetrical and every item has its place. Utility is at the core of the Shaker style. Expertly crafted cabinets, drawers, and cupboards are a staple in Shaker kitchens. 

light kitchen cabinets with paneling
Kitchen renewal in Ararimu, Auckland

Shaker Kitchen Inspiration

Check out a few of our recent Shaker-style kitchen renovations in New Zealand:

Kitchen renovation in Ararimu

  • Neutral colour scheme
  • Efficient cabinetry
  • Symmetrical design

Kitchen renovation in Epsom

  • Timber shelving
  • Coloured splash back
  • Green cabinet paneling

Kitchen renovation in Johnsonville

  • Flat panel cabinetry
  • Pendant lighting
  • Gooseneck tapware

Kitchen renovation in Ngaio

  • Warm, wooden cabinetry
  • Skylights to allow more natural light
  • Subtle white tile detailing 

Kitchen renovation in Ellerslie

  • Efficient new white cabinetry creates more storage space
  • Engineered stone benchtops

Kitchen renovation in Massey

  • Symmetrical cabinetry
  • Updated intuitive layout
  • Under-cabinet lighting
shaker style kitchen with cupboard paneling
This kitchen renovation used bold colour schemes to create a distinctive character.

Considerations for your Shaker Kitchen Renovation

Read our three top considerations for your shaker kitchen renovation:

Layout and size

Are you happy with your current kitchen’s floor plan or looking to maximise space? Whatever the size of your kitchen, your floor plan should prioritise efficiency of movement. Think about your kitchen’s current shape and size. If there are details you’d like to change, your Renovation Consultant will help create an ideal configuration for your space.


Functionality is the foundation of a Shaker kitchen, and that’s reflected in its balanced design. Every cabinet, drawer, and countertop serves a purpose to ensure seamless flow throughout the kitchen. If there are elements that could make for an even more practical kitchen, your Renovation Consultant will be happy to discuss solutions.


Starting with a budget conversation makes the entire renovation process smoother and more efficient. Once you have your ideal range, your Renovation Consultant will be able to recommend fixtures, materials, and other elements of your Shaker kitchen that align with your budget.

dark island paneling shaker kitchen
Kitchen, bath, laundry, and basement renovation

The Shaker Kitchen Renovation Process

Feeling inspired and ready to curate your Shaker kitchen? Our team at Refresh guides you through our kitchen renovation process from beginning to end with clear communication at all times.

It’s our priority that your Shaker kitchen renovation be as stress-free as possible, which is why we have implemented our tried and true 5-step process with you in mind.

You’ll work with the same dedicated Renovation Consultant from the start of your kitchen project through to completion. This person will be your single point of contact to give advice, provide a trusted network of contractors and suppliers, and manage the team of skilful contractors transforming your kitchen.

Building consent regulations differ across the country, depending on your region and the scope of your project. Your Renovation Consultant will arrange for the appropriate documentation for your kitchen remodel.

Access the intuitive Refresh client portal at any time to receive project updates. Once the building phase is complete and your kitchen is ready, your Renovation Consultant will organise the remaining paperwork confirming that your renovation complies with all local codes. All that’s left for you to do is enjoy using your newly designed Shaker kitchen.

Neutral colour palette with hexagonal tied splashback


What characterises a Shaker kitchen island?

Islands help create more flow and efficiency in your kitchen with added workspace and storage. Shaker-style kitchen islands often feature clever cabinetry to optimise storage. Stone or timber island benches add to the streamlined aesthetic.

What are examples of Shaker home interiors?

The Shaker style favours utility over adornment. But while the focus is less on decor, that doesn’t mean sacrificing style and taste. White walls, wooden furniture, custom built-in cabinets, and peg rails are a few understated yet practical ways to celebrate beauty and simplicity.

Navy cabinetry with

Let’s Talk About Your Shaker Kitchen Makeover!

Get in touch with our team at Refresh to get your Shaker kitchen renovation underway. You’ll be able to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your ideas and inspiration. Our team looks forward to hearing from you!

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