Design Your Room

Choosing a Cabinet Wood

Style starts with the grain

Aristokraft products use hardwoods and veneers to create cabinets that stand the test of time. Just as no two trees are alike, the unique beauty and elegance of hardwood is expressed in the character of each piece as it's crafted, joined and finished into fine cabinetry. This results in attractive variations in grain and color.

Alternative materials and paint offer a more consistent appearance for those who prefer more uniformity, without sacrificing durability.  


Natural Hardwoods

Kitchens today are dominated by stainless steel and glass, and the natural warmth and texture of hardwood provides a welcome contrast. Wood exhibits defining characteristics such as mineral deposits and knots that contribute to its beauty and can be highlighted by stains and glazes. Your look can even evolve over time, with changes occurring as wood ages and is exposed to light. Humidity also has a significant impact on woods, with dimensional changes lasting several days or weeks. To avoid permanent or damaging changes, maintain the humidity levels at or above 20% when the temperature is below 20 degrees and over 35% when the temperature is above 20 degrees.

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Common Natural Characteristics

  • Sound Knot – A knot solid across its face, which shows no sign of decay

  • Mineral Streaks – Streaks of color ranging from olive to blackish-brown typically following grain pattern

birch cabinet wood

Birch

  • Tight wood grain appearance

  • Small, random tick marks

  • Color may range from creamy white to pale reddish brown within a panel

cherry cabinet wood

Cherry

  • Color ranges from tan blonde to deep brown within a panel

  • Cherry darkens naturally as it ages, blending hues from golden yellow to deep red

hickory cabinet wood

Hickory

  • Strong, dramatic grain pattern

  • Color may range from blonde to dark brown

  • Natural beauty enhanced by random worm holes and knots

maple cabinet wood

Maple

  • Subtle grain pattern

  • Smooth, uniform appearance

  • Color ranges from creamy white to pale red/brown within a panel

  • May include "bird's eye" dots and mineral streaks

oak cabinet wood

Oak

  • Very strong, open grain pattern

  • Color may vary from salmon red to dark cinnamon within a panel

  • Mineral deposits add color accents of green, yellow or black

  • May include random worm holes, knots and wild-grain patterns

rustic birch cabinet wood

Rustic Birch

  • May contain pin holes, open knots, small cracks, bird pecks, mineral streaks and grain variations

Compound Materials

These materials are highly durable, less susceptible to discoloration and easy to maintain.

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PureStyle™

  • Displays the precision of a paint, the durability of a laminate and the sensibility of those who care about creating a better environment - inside and outside of their homes

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Thermofoil

  • Sleek surface

  • Durable performance

  • Carefree maintenance

  • White or Antique color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions