Shaker lighting, simple,rustic lights with no unnecessary decoration as the Shakers believed that every object, including their lights, should have a function and be plain and simple with little or no decoration. To recreate lighting in the Shaker style today use plain light fittings in wood or metal. Dark metal lanterns with plain glass and simple rustic wrought iron ceiling lights suspended on chains will all work well. For additional Shaker style lights use plain mirrored wall sconces with candle lights and simple rustic candlestick style metal table lamps. Light wooden table lamps and floor lamps with little or no decoration would also be in keeping for additional lighting in Shaker style rooms. The heart motif, so often associated with the Shakers could be used on custom made bespoke Shaker lights. This motif comes from the Shaker saying ‘Hands to Work and Hearts to God’.
The Shaker style has undergone a bit of a revival in more recent times with Shaker style kitchens becoming very popular. Lighting for Shaker kitchens should be kept as plain and simple as possible. Use discreet under cabinet lights that cannot be seen as these will provide you with the necessary light on your work surfaces for food preparation. Simple Shaker style pendant lights with plain opal glass coolie shades work well over tables and kitchen islands for lighting in Shaker kitchens. If you are looking to use spotlights these should be simple and try to avoid having them too shiny – go for matt chrome, satin chrome or black. To give good levels of light in Shaker style kitchens, try using a plain retro style fluorescent strip light fitting.
You can browse Bespoke Lights ready-made selection of lighting that is suitable for Shaker style rooms and kitchens. If you would like any assistance with choosing lighting for your Shaker kitchen then please contact us here at Bespoke Lights and we will do our best to source the right lights for you. We are also able to offer a bespoke service that allows you to have your own unique light fittings made.