Cabinetry That Makes a Statement: Which Wood is Right for Your Kitchen

At Euro Design Build, we believe in the sentiment that true design and lasting power can be found in custom-built cabinetry pieces. Not only can custom cabinets work to improve your daily lifestyle, but they work to improve the overall quality and value of your home. The common misconception about functional storage like kitchen cabinetry is that it’s merely meant to hide our lives, products, or messes behind its doors. However, it’s a shame that we think of cabinetry as just a box to fit items into. 

With custom organizational systems, we can give a real purpose to these utilitarian spaces in your kitchen. From gorgeous windowed pantry doors and open shelving to pull-out cabinets perfectly sized for your beloved kitchen appliances, there’s more than one way to make the “every day” cabinet visually appealing while a joy to use.

Of course, giving kitchen cabinets a purpose is just one step in the custom process. The fact of the matter is the material that your cabinets are made from strikes the balance between character and practicality. With so many types of woods to choose from, it can be daunting to figure out which material best fits your personal design style as well as your lifestyle needs. To help you in your journey, here are a few wood materials our clients love to see utilized in their homes.

Creating a Traditional, Timeless Look

Classics are classics for a reason! Certain wood types provide a traditional look and stand the test of time. Traditional should never mean boring or outdated, and with the right custom-made cabinetry, it never will.

Walnut Wood: Warm, smooth, and incredibly strong, Walnut Wood is a timeless classic for custom cabinetry. There’s a reason why this type of wood continues to be one of the most popular choices for kitchen remodels today. The warm tones of Walnut range from the deepest of chocolates to lighter reddish-grays; both the coloring and delicate grain age like a fine wine. This rich wood accepts a variety of finishes with ease, stands up to the tests of time, and becomes more mellow in tone with age.

Red Oak: A fine example of durable luxury with a traditional flare is Red Oak Wood. Red Oak is a sturdy choice for custom-made cabinetry as it’s easy to style to a homeowner’s particular needs. The pronounced wood grain gives a dramatic flair that brings dimension to any space.

White Oak: Even stronger than its Red Oak counterpart, White Oak dips into the golden tones for a more subtle look in the kitchen. It still provides a traditional look and is highly sought after for a sweeping, subtle look in an Arts and Craft home. Binding together simplicity and utility, White Oak won’t take away from bolder stylings and fine art throughout your home.

Cherry Wood: Elegant and durable, Cherry is capable of withstanding decades of wear and tear from generations in the kitchen. Although it’s elegant fine-grains, and reddish-brown tones make it a staple in a luxurious, traditional kitchen, it can easily be stained and styled for a contemporary look if your styling needs ever change.

Classy Contemporary

For those seeking a more contemporary wood look within their kitchen, the options are nearly endless. Of course, certain woods automatically bring about a more modern aesthetic when dressed in clear or natural finishes, while others, with their minimal wood grain, aid to a minimalist look.

Hard Maple Wood: With a fine grain and natural light color, Hard Maple is a luxurious choice of wood. It’s popular for custom-made cabinetry and can be easily “dressed down” with a natural finish to achieve a contemporary, light and airy look. If you’re looking for a truly modern look, style this light wood with minimal, “invisible” handles or click-in mechanisms for a streamlined scheme. 

Ash Wood: Although Ash Wood is similar in its durability to Red and White Oak, its look is far from similar. Its uniqueness is found in its light tones and pronounced grains. When finished with a clear polish, the one becomes a character piece in any modern kitchen. Style with pops of chrome and modern, squared-off shapes to let Ash Wood do all the talking.

Luxury Rustics

A farmhouse aesthetic is an often-misunderstood classic. However, over the past five years, a minimal and luxurious farmhouse vibe has made its way back into the hearts of homeowners.

Reclaimed Wood: Eco-friendly and absolutely custom, reclaimed wood is an excellent choice for those seeking a kitchen that’s one-of-a-kind. Reclaimed barn wood and pine can be sustainably sourced choice for homeowners and has lasting power when properly treated and cared for.

Alder Wood: With a uniform grain and color range of light tan to reddish-brown, Alder is similar in appearance to Cherry—but because of its softness—it is easy to distress and antique. Because of this, Alder has become an ever-popular choice for those seeking a distressed farmhouse look with a refined woodgrain and wide variety of finishes.

We’ll Help You Decide

Of course, choosing what material to use in custom cabinetry can be difficult when making a choice based solely on pictures alone. Thankfully, our newly remodeled showroom is the ideal place to see different wood materials and interact with them as you would if they were in your kitchen. If you’re ready to make your kitchen a custom space, we’re ready to help you get started. Call us today to schedule an appointment and tour our dynamic showroom.

Author: Melinda Dzinic
Author: Melinda Dzinic

Melinda Dzinic is the founder and CEO of Euro Design Build. She has a deep passion for creating beautiful, healthy spaces for families, knowing that people’s homes are a foundation for living a richer life experience. She is a NARI Certified home remodeler whose eye for design and tireless professionalism has made her one of the top voices in Texas’s home renovation industry.

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