Kitchen Cabinet Material

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Contemporary Kitchen With Hickory Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen With Hickory Cabinets

Kitchen of the HGTV Green Home 2012 located in Serenbe, GA. This kitchen has a large island with waterfall countertops and Hickory wood cabinets.

By: Amy McEvoy

When preparing to renovate an old kitchen or install a new one, one of your first jobs will be to decide on the kitchen cabinet material you'll use.

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash


Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel


From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen


From: Debe Robinson

Photo By: DANNY MITCHELL ©Danny Mitchell Photography

White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen


Photo By: Photographer: Harvey Smith © Photography by Harvey Smith

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite


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Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Red Kitchen Cabinets


From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Edward Addeo ©Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Contemporary style kitchen

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets


Photo By: Eric Rorer

Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design


Photo By: Picasa

Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets


Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets


From: Jennifer Gilmer and Lauren Levant

Photo By: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets


Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Large Kitchen with Island


From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes

Kitchen with Island Seating


Photo By: Photo Credit: HDR Homes ©Denver Parade of Homes

Brown Contemporary Kitchen


From: Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island


White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets


White transitional kitchen


Contemporary Kitchen

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen


Urban Oasis Kitchen


Neutral Kitchen

White Kitchen


Photo By: Gina Samarotto

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets


White Kitchen with Dining Table


White Kitchen with Wood Island


White Cottage Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood


From: Dave Stimmel

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

White Glass Front cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets


Blue Kitchen with Glass Countertops

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets


Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Black Cabinetry

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island


From: Cheri Wentworth

Contemporary Kitchen


Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

There is a wide range of materials available for cabinetry ranging from budget-friendly to high-end. With a little bit of research, you'll be able to make this important first decision and be on your way to a stylish and efficient cabinet design.

The most common material used for kitchen cabinets is wood. However, there are numerous types of woods used that will change the look and cost of your kitchen design. Common woods found in cabinetry are oak, cherry, maple, mahogany, birch and pine. Stylistically they vary in their color and their grain. Oak and maple tend to be lighter in color, while cherry and mahogany have a richer hue. In terms of cost, pine is the cheapest cabinet wood you can use while mahogany is one of the most expensive, with oak and maple falling in the mid-range in terms of price. Durability of the various types of wood is also important to consider. Pine's budget pricing makes sense, as it scratches and dents easily. Oak and maple are very hardy, and mahogany ranks as the most durable among common cabinet woods.

Alternatives to wood kitchen cabinets include stainless steel, Thermofoil and laminate. Stainless steel is a durable and low-maintenance kitchen cabinet material. It can provide a more industrial, contemporary or modern feel to a kitchen, but the cost of stainless steel cabinets is significant. Thermofoil and laminate are more budget-friendly synthetic kitchen cabinet materials. They are surface finishes or veneers generally applied over a material such as particleboard. They mimic the look of wood but are non-natural materials that are more durable and are easier to clean than real wood.

Bamboo and lyptus are renewable resources that an environmentally conscious homeowner might choose to use in a kitchen remodel. These ecofriendly materials are extremely durable and can give a more modern feel to a kitchen. It should be noted, however, that they are costly materials to install.

Whether you are re-facing old kitchen cabinets or installing a complete new bank of cabinetry, the materials you use will go a long way to defining the design aesthetic of your kitchen, as well as the budget for your project.

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