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Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

Selecting the Best Woods for Kitchen Cabinets

by Allison E. Beatty
kitchensandcabinets.com Columnist

When selecting kitchen cabinets, look closely at the type of wood. There are several popular woods that will make your kitchen design stand out.

Think Dark Woods for Kitchen Cabinets

Dark woods, such as cherry and mahogany have been a bit hit in kitchen design. Both woods offer a rich look and blend well with granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen sinks and other trendy products. Consider adding one of these with:
  • Light kitchen flooring, such as maple or oak
  • An antique bronze kitchen faucet
  • Kitchen cabinet lighting with red or rust accents

Maple Cabinets Enhance Kitchen Design

While oak kitchen cabinets have been a mainstay, maple has taken over in recent years. Maple cabinets:
  • Have a cleaner grain and are lighter than oak cabinets.
  • Have natural imperfections that add character.
  • Blend well with granite countertops and stainless steel sinks.
  • Add a light background for dark kitchen faucets.

Mix and Match Kitchen Cabinet Woods

For a daring look, try mixing light and dark cabinet woods in your kitchen design. The contrast can create a dramatic look and highlight focal points in the kitchen design. Try combining:
  • Maple kitchen cabinets with cherry cabinets on the island
  • Oak cabinets with cherry cabinets on the island
  • Rustic pine cabinets with cherry cabinets on the island

Check Wood Cabinets Carefully

Regardless the type of wood, check the quality of your cabinets carefully. Look over the surface for smoothness and an even finish. If you order cabinets with a stain or glaze, make sure it is evenly applied.

About the Author

Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.