When it comes to new cabinets, you have several options. Cabinet refacing gives you the look of new cabinets without the hassle of having to remove the frames of your existing cabinets. You can, of course, also opt to get completely new cabinets installed. Whichever route you choose, there is one key decision you will have to make: Which materials are right for your cabinets? Your kitchen designer is a great source of information and will walk you through this decision-making process.
Red or White Oak
Red oak cabinets are a popular choice because of their sturdiness, affordability, and the variety of finishes available. With red oak, expect prominent grain patterns. You will often find these kinds of cabinets in kitchens with traditional décor. White oak offers the same sturdiness, but the grain pattern is subtler. White oak is usually found in golden, light wood tones. If you have an Arts and Crafts period kitchen design, white oak is a natural fit.
Hard maple is typically a little bit more expensive than oak cabinets, but it remains a popular choice. With hard maple, you’ll get durability but with less heft than oak. Typically, the grain patterns on hard maple are very fine. The natural light color of maple is often enhanced with clear or natural finishes, but the wood also takes stains and color well. When left with a natural look, you’ll find hard maple in bright, contemporary kitchens.
If you want an elegant look that can take a high level of abuse without damage, opt for cherry. Although cherry cabinets were once only used in traditional kitchens, this versatile wood is now found in kitchens of all styles. Cherry is smooth with a fine grain and has a reddish-brown color that gets darker over time, so be sure to factor in that darkening effect with your design choices. Usually, cherry cabinets are stained so that the color remains consistent across the cabinets.
These are just a few of the cabinet materials we can help you work into your kitchen design at Southwest Kitchen and Bath. Our kitchen designers in Tucson are ready to help with your project today. To learn more, call us at (520) 531-9187.