The Characteristics of Cabinet Wood

The Characteristics of Cabinet Wood

When it comes to choosing new cabinetry for your Denver kitchen remodel, there are many aspects to consider, including which wood species would look best for your layout, the color you want to achieve and the overall décor of your space.

Wood species tend to differ from one another in grain pattern, color, density and aging qualities. Here are some basic characteristics of wood species commonly used for cabinetry.  

CHERRY Cherry iCherry Cabinetss known for its rich color and smooth flowing grain patterns. Color can range from light pink to dark brown and will darken with age, especially with lighter stains. Sun exposure greatly accelerates the aging process.

KNOTTY ALDER Knotty alder is a rich-looking, light brown wood with a reddish tinge. Grain patterns are straight and subtle. Natural embellishments differentiate knotty alder from cherry, without the wilder features of rustic woods. 

MAPLE Maple has a smooth texture and uniform grain process. Color can range from creamy white to reddish brown. A natural resin causes maple to turn amber as it ages and is accelerated when exposed to direct sunlight.

QUARTERSAWN OAK & OAK Quartersawn has close-knit vertical grain and a distinctive flake pattern. Oak has varying grain patterns – from tight vertical to prominent and arched. Colors range from tan to dark brown.

Cherry, Maple and Hickory CabinetsRUSTICS – CHERRY, MAPLE & HICKORY Rustic cherry and rustic maple exhibit the same characteristics as regular cherry and maple with the addition of various knots and other rustic features. Hickory is bold and unpredictable. Color can vary dramatically and the prominent grain patterns and natural embellishments authenticate the rustic style.

Keep in mind that the door style you choose can also play a role in the appearance of a particular type of wood. However, don’t be afraid to mix it up; combining different woods with different styles and colors can offer a unique look that may just be the perfect fit for your kitchen.