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American Shaker


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Ø      Clean lines, natural materials, the classic American red, white and blue (despite Shaker being founded by Ann Lee, an Englishwoman). This had its origins at the same time as Britain was overloading its rooms with Victorian ostentation, and found its roots in the Quaker community in New England. This style is perfect for the straight and geometric lines and proportions of the Georgian house.


Ø      Colours were often deep and natural earthy pigments. At the time, white paint was expensive, and beyond the means of most people, therefore the interior walls were painted in an, off-white, beige, ochre or plum tone, with woodwork popularly coloured deep blue or sage leaf green.


Ø      Wood was the principal material and was crafted to the highest standard. Shaker should be a byword for quality. Storage is paramount and chairs, bags even shoes, if not put away then should be hung on wooden pegs – a bonus where there is little floor space. Wooden floors are a must for this look too with a scattering of rag rugs, which would have been handmade.


Ø      Look for furniture of accessory pieces which are plain – no decoration, carving or adornment of any kind, just clean simple lines.


Ø      Although bare windows were the norm, a roller blind or basic material in a, gingham, plain or ticking cotton could be hung.


Ø      This is a style suited to the minimalist as all items on display should have a purpose. Lots of candlesticks will complete the look along with metal chandeliers and wall sconces, but again, plain is the word to keep in mind. As it is with graduated size storage boxes. Often round or oval in design, they are easy to find in good homeware stores.


Ø      Much like the American Colonial style, walls can be hung with embroidered samplers or naïve paintings of domesticated animals. Again, the home-stitched quilt can either serve its purpose or like the aforementioned, be hung on a wall to appreciate its workmanship.