What Type Of Wood Is Right For Your Kitchen?


When you’re choosing new cabinetry for your kitchen, selecting the right kind of wood is crucial. Questions you must ask yourself include: what color wood will look best in the space, with your countertops and flooring? Do you plan to paint your cabinets? What type of grain and texture do you prefer? Before you can make these decisions, you need to know what options are available to you.


Our most popular wood, maple features delicate and attractive grains, with swirls that become more pronounced with darker stains. Naturally a light wood, maple accepts stains of nearly any hue, and can range from warm and dark to a cool blond. The hardness of maple also contributes to its frequent use in cabinetry. Over time, this flexible wood can stand up to the daily abuses of life in an active kitchen.

In addition to its ability to accept stain, maple is known as a “paint-grade” wood, meaning it is easily painted and doesn’t show grain beneath the paint. Clearly, our customers are attracted to maple because of its flexibility and excellent quality!

Where Will Maple Look It’s Best?

Maple can be customized in so many different ways that maple cabinets can fit in almost any kitchen. Stain your maple a chestnut brown to match your medium tone granite counters and stainless steel appliances, or leave your maple cabinets a beautiful ash color to lighten your kitchen and contrast with darker hardwood floors. In a few years, you may become inspired to paint or antique your cabinets for a homey country-kitchen look. You can do all this and more with maple!


This African hardwood is most commonly left as a light wood, although it will accept darker stain. Over time, anigre cabinets will turn a warmer, honey blond. The faint, straight grain of this wood gives it a soft elegance often found in modern kitchens.

What Kitchens Are Right For Anigre?

Installed in bright, sunny spaces, anigre will keep a room light and airy. For an overall matching environment, pair anigre with light colored appliances and countertops. Anigre goes well in smaller kitchens where darker colors might start to feel imposing. The sleek and understated quality of anigre is perfect for homes with a modern design style.


Easily identified by its distinctive flecking pattern, lacewood has a reddish brown appearance, sometimes streaked with gray or light brown. Finished lacewood often has a sheen that is sometimes referred to as “florescence.” It is this beautiful and unusual quality that lends lacewood so nicely to fine furniture and cabinetry.

Will Lacewood Look Right In My Kitchen?

Lacewood has a warmth and luminosity that works nicely in kitchens of all sizes and colors. The distinctive pattern of the wood stands out with elegance and grace.


This unusual hardwood is a creamy light to medium brown with a striking grain pattern of dark stripes. Zebrawood stripes may be wavy or straight. Zebrawood can be stained to a fuller, richer brown that will match darker appliances and other dark woods.

What Kitchens Are Best For Zebrawood?

Zebrawood’s unusual and appearance makes it the perfect choice for large spaces. Paired with bold colors, zebrawood makes a lasting impression.

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