Kitchen Cabinet Wood Types Kitchen cabinets can be made from dozens of woods including Oak, Maple, Pine, Cherry, Hickory, Poplar, Alder and Birch. Hickory and Oak are the hardest and the heaviest. Cherry, Birch and Maple are considered to be well suited to cabinetry. Less expensive and more plentiful woods such as Alder and Poplar work best with glazed finishes used in creating an 'antique' look. Pine is a soft wood that can be more prone to dents and scratches.
The design of kitchen cabinets is an important contributor to the overall design of the kitchen. The design and colour combination of the kitchen drawers or cabinets affect the overall appeal of the Kitchen. Making minor changes to your Kitchen cabinets such as repainting them or refacing them can often lift up the mood of the kitchen and make it look better. However, sometimes you may have to replace your cabinets with newer ones. There are many kitchen design stores that will do the job of redesigning your kitchen cabinets for you. Alternatively, you can hire an independent professional or do the job yourself. For getting design ideas and the knowhow on kitchen designing, you can take the help of experts or educate yourself through magazines and do-it-yourself design books.
If you are planning on a particular color as the theme of your kitchen, then the kitchen cabinets should be made with a wood that has a color that will gel with your theme color. If your theme color is a light shade then some people like to go for light colored wood so that the kitchen cabinets and the wall colors are all light. Some go for dark colored wood so that the kitchen has a warmer and cozier feel.
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