Martha Stewart says that Shaker is the most stylistically versatile cabinet design. Thanks to its simple frame and panel structure, these cabinets blend in with either a traditional or a contemporary look. The style originates from the Shaker religious group that fled to the American colonies in the 1780s; the group became known for their simple, utilitarian, and smart design, including the famous peg rail.

Shaker cabinets are made from a five-piece door, which comprises a four-piece frame with a flat panel in the center. These cabinets are traditionally made from high-quality American wood, but it's now fairly common to see them manufactured from MDF as five-piece or one-piece doors and painted in pretty much any color under the sun. For a more modern look, some homeowners will paint the upper cabinets one color, and then use a different paint or wood stain for the lower cabinets.

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