Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Explore your options for wood kitchen cabinets, from rare high-end woods to custom and semi-custom construction, and begin designing the kitchen you've always wanted.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Wood Kitchen Cabinets

A tight shot of wood kitchen cabinets in the kitchen with marble backsplash.

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If you're redesigning your kitchen or installing a brand-new one, you'll have many options when it comes to cabinets, and you'll definitely want to investigate wood kitchen cabinets. Wood is the most commonly used material for kitchen cabinets, a popular choice due to the wide range of styles, qualities and finishes available, as well as the ability to create truly custom designs.

Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Trends

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Dark Cabinet Finishes

Hues of chocolate and espresso are a current trend in kitchen cabinetry, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. This versatile treatment can be incorporated in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Image courtesy of QualityCabinets

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Shaker-Style Cabinets

While traditional remains the most popular style in kitchen cabinetry, Shaker has overtaken contemporary as the second most-popular style, according to the NKBA. This style features simple, square-paneled doors that complement nearly any kitchen. Image courtesy of Atlantis Kitchens

Classic Cherry Cabinets

According to the NKBA, cherry is the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple. Traditional cherry cabinetry paired with cherry floors and granite cabinets give this kitchen timeless appeal. Design by Shane Inman

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Exotic Touch With Bamboo Cabinets

Bamboo cabinets add a unique look to this kitchen designed by Joshua Foss. Other alternative woods to consider include mahogany, sapele and anaglade.

Photo By: Designer, Joshua Foss

Flat-Panel Cabinets

For a modern or contemporary kitchen, flat-panel cabinets are a perfect fit. High-gloss bisque cabinets with sleek stainless steel handles enhance this kitchen's sleek appeal. Design by Danenberg Design

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The Natural Look

The glazed cabinet treatment is phasing out with the rise of textured looks: wood grain peeking through brushed finishes. Designed by Andreas Charalambous, this kitchen's simple, custom-made sycamore upper cabinets are balanced by the sheen of the stainless steel base cabinets. Photograph by Geoffrey Hogdon

Photo By: Designer, Andreas Charalambous

Cabinets for Country-Style Kitchens

Light-colored cabinetry is a great choice for country- or cottage-style kitchens. The blond wood finish of this kitchen’s cabinetry is complemented by black granite surfaces. Design by Jaymes Richardson of Civility Design

Photo By: Designer, Jaymes Richardson

Concealed Appliances in Cabinets

Cabinet manufacturers now offer panels that fit over refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen. Design by Alicia Friedmann

Photo By: Designer, Alicia Friedmann

Maximized Cabinet Storage

Wall cabinets today extend to the ceiling, making use of high-up space for storing infrequently used specialty serveware and cookware. Design by Gail Drury

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Furniture-Style Cabinets

Kitchens are increasingly being designed as an extension of other living spaces, and kitchen cabinetry is resembling furniture found throughout the rest of the home. A tall, armoire-like cabinet with glass doors is a beautiful and functional focal point for this kitchen. Design by Gail Drury

From: Drury Design

Base Cabinet Drawers

Today's homeowners are opting for base drawers rather than wall cabinets. Drawers are more accessible than cabinets and can be used to organize dishes, pots, pans, utensils and more. Image courtesy of Merillat

Specialty Storage Cabinets

While pullout spice racks and built-in utensil dividers were once only offered by custom cabinetmakers, these features are now available in mid-priced fixtures. Image courtesy of Merillat

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If you've settled on wood kitchen cabinets, your next choice will be to determine which species of wood to use. Maple is extremely popular due to its intricate, attractive grain; it's a tough wood that is resistant to scratching or cracking. Cherry has a rich tone and will darken over time with exposure to light, and it's also softer than maple, making it easier to create custom designs from cherry. Oak is a popular choice as it's abundant and inexpensive; it has a unique grain and strong composition. Lastly, birch rates highly as a choice for kitchen cabinets because of its smooth texture and its ability to hold stain.

Once you've settled on the wood you'd like to use for your cabinets, your next choice will be whether you want stock, semi-stock or custom wood cabinets. Stock cabinets can be purchased fully pre-fabricated and are the least expensive option. Semi-stock cabinets have a basic design that can be slightly customized by the homeowner or customized by the retailer and then installed—these are slightly more expensive and take longer to produce. Finally, custom cabinets are the most expensive option, but they offer total freedom in terms of design choices.

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