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Wood Types

Each wood type contains natural color variations from light to dark.

The charm of fine wood cabinetry is the subtle, natural variations of color and grain patterns.



Cherry is an elegant, multi-colored hardwood. In its raw state, it has a pinkish-brown hue with occasional shades of white, green, pink or even gray. Natural or light stains accent these color variations. Small gum pockets, streaks, pin knots and figures are common. Cherry wood will darken or "mellow" with age. This mellowing is a natural occurrence and a benefit of owning solid cherry cabinetry.



Hickory is a strong, open-grained wood that is known for its flowing grain pattern and dramatic variation in color. It often contains random pecks, burls and mineral streaks and it is not uncommon to see doors or parts of doors that range in color from light to deep brown when finished in light or natural stains. Darker stains will mildly tone these color variations, but these very characteristics make each hickory kitchen unique and the preference of those who love wood.



Hard maple is a strong, close-grained wood that is predominately off-white in color, although it also contains light hues of yellow-brown and pink. Hard maple occasionally contains small mineral, light tan or reddish-tinged streaks that will darken with stain. It is usually straight grained, but can be wavy or even curly.



Oak has a prominent open grain that ranges in color from white to yellow and reddish-brown. Oak is sometimes streaked with green, yellow or black mineral deposits and may vary from a closely knit grain to a sweeping arch pattern.



Laminate is a material used on drawer and door surfaces to cover substrate of either particleboard or MDF. All laminate is durable and easy to clean. Melamine laminate is also a material used for fabricating countertops since it is thicker than vinyl and provides a hard, durable surface.



Birch is a smooth hardwood with straight, wavy or curly grains with a high shock resistance that takes any stain well. Birch is mostly a light-colored wood, and varies from cream to light yellow. However, the wood found in the center of the tree, or heartwood, takes on a darker reddish brown color, which may result in unique color variations in your cabinetry. It is versatile and can achieve any look, from a more casual space to a refined setting.