Installing new wood kitchen cabinets can dramatically change the look of your Tucson kitchen. The type, or species of wood you choose will determine much of the color, grain, and style that will come out of a new kitchen cabinet installation. If you’re looking into wood species for your new cabinets, consider this information to help you make an informed decision.
Oak is a strong wood that stains well and is a popular choice for cabinets today. There are 200 species in the oak family alone and just as many grain types. Although some types are straight grained, the majority of oak cuts are irregular or cross grained. Oak’s density makes it a great choice for durable cabinets. It’s colors range from a light pinkish tan to a light brown, perfect for a traditional design.
Cherry is a dark, deep, and rich wood. It’s considered an elegant hardwood, and many homeowners like cherry for its charming natural marks like knots, gum spots, and mineral streaks. Because cherry wood is dark already, choosing the right stain may be difficult. This type of wood species looks wonderful as a bright accent in a modern kitchen design.
Hickory is a strong, durable hardwood that varies dramatically in color, sometimes within the same piece of lumber. Some sections may be a blondish hue while others will be more dark brown. Most hickory is straight but sometimes this species can be wavy or irregular. Hickory is versatile and will compliment a variety of kitchen styles.
Maple is one of the more naturally smooth wood species for cabinets. It’s a lighter-colored wood, generally ranging from white to light brown in color. Staining needs to be done carefully because maple has areas of differing density, which could create a mottled effect if not done properly. This wood is easily painted and works well for a variety of home interior concepts.
Mahogany is considered one of the more sophisticated choices for cabinets. It’s a bit more expensive, partly because of its quality and the fact that it comes from the west coasts of Africa. It’s a dark, durable wood with a naturally beautiful richness. Use mahogany cabinets as a focal point for a kitchen renovation. This wood also looks great alongside dark granite counter tops.
For new cabinet installations and refacing in Tucson, contact Southwest Kitchen & Bath. Our goal is to simplify the cabinet installation and kitchen remodeling process for our customers in Oro Valley and Tucson. Give us a call today at (520) 531-9187 for more information.