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Shaws does... Eclectic Kitchens

Shaws does... Eclectic Kitchens

This no rules aesthetic is all about anything goes


This look is both for the style maker and the design-phobic novice. It embraces a ‘no rules’ approach to interior design that - whether by design or accident - can result in stunning and original interiors. Skilled designers can liberate themselves from the shackles of popular taste and historical references. The best become ‘style-makers’ in their own right, pushing the boundaries of good taste to create new aesthetics that don’t fit into an existing design box.


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This is, in itself, a very exciting prospect. Designers need not worry whether the brass door handles are authentic Jacobian, or if the gilded floral wallpaper they love will be frowned upon by purists of the Arts & Crafts movement. They are free to mix-and-match period styles, colours, patterns and materials in a way that suits their personal tastes. The risk is a design car-crash, but the reward is something unique and vibrant. The obvious parallel is culinary – despite our access to every conceivable ingredient, even the most inexperienced home cook knows not to use all of them at once, or at least not to put strawberry jam on an omelette. So when a skilled interior designer has an entirely unrestricted choice, you might get Michellin-starred results - or at worst you might unearth the next ‘Cronut’!

The key to getting the eclectic look right is – Getting Personal. Draw influence from the things you love. If you adore Shaker-style kitchens like The Real Shaker Kitchen by DeVol, but don’t want the austere stripped-back shaker decor then shake-it-up. Floral wallpapers like these hand-painted Victorian examples by DeGournay will really pop and create a personal unique look that’s all yours. If your kitchen is in a 16th Century converted barn with high ceilings, wooden beams and a thatched roof, maybe an ultra-modern, concrete and glass kitchen will work – the contrast throwing greater emphasis on the historic surroundings. If you mix good quality items with a high design value you will always get a better result. Design icons nearly always mix. For example, the 1006 Navy Chair by Emeco was originally designed in 1944 for use on U.S. Navy submarines. However, its iconic simplicity and recycled aluminum construction means it adorns some of the world’s most beautiful interiors from New York to New Zealand.

A Shaws sink is perfectly suited to an eclectic kitchen simply because it’s a standout design classic. Many of our product have remained unchanged for over 120 years, so they span several design periods and like many design classics, they transcend trends that burn bright but fade fast. Our fireclay sinks will work well in most kitchens, traditional or modern. Their timeless versatility is their strength and the key to why they have endured for so long.

It’s these creative and contrasting style clashes that make eclectic kitchens work. It shouldn’t be a free-for-all. Getting it right will require a good eye for design and a sense of style. Our Instagram page is a good place to start for inspiration. If implemented correctly, the unexpected visual combinations of an eclectic kitchen will define you as a ‘Style-Maker’ and make your 

Have you created an eclectic kitchen or bathroom with a Shaws sink? Or are you planning to? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line, or share your creation with us on social media. 

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