When shopping for bathroom vanities, there's one style that should not be overlooked. Shaker style vanities provide a clean, simple style that enhances and complements almost any décor. You may already be considering a Shaker style vanity without even knowing it.
The Shakers were a religious sect related to the Quakers that fled persecution in England and came to America around the time of the American Revolution. They excelled at making fine furniture and since 1780, have supported their communities by selling their furniture to the public.
Shaker style furniture with its simple chairs, tables, dressers and Shaker style beds was the first popular style to ignore the fussiness and ornamentation of traditional and neoclassical styles of the time. Early colonists, eager to reject anything British in the aftermath of the Revolutionary war, embraced the style as uniquely American. Its popularity surged again during the Victorian years when it offered a striking contrast to the excessive decoration of that era.
Shaker style cabinetry is one of the most popular choices in kitchen and bathroom cabinetry for its timelessness, its versatility, and its clean lines.
Distinctive for its natural finish and lack of adornment, Shaker style vanities feature flat panel doors set flush with the cabinet frame with wide vertical and horizontal stiles. Mushroom-shaped knobs and drawer pulls are of wood. Hardware is of brushed nickel or brass. Almost any wood can be used but quarter-sewn white oak is the most authentic choice.
And it works with almost any type of countertop whether it's natural stone, butcher block, tile or composite.
If you're concerned about it going out of style, don't worry. Shaker style cabinets haven't gone out of fashion in over two hundred years, Chances are slim it will ever look dated as long as you own your home.
So ask your bathroom vanity supplier or contractor for their selection of Shaker style vanities and cabinets. You'll like what you see.
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