Close up of Aristokraft cabinet doors and drawer fronts

Design Your Room

Choosing a Cabinet Material Type

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. Material 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 material ages and is exposed to light. Humidity also has a significant impact on materials, 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.

Common Natural Characteristics

cabinet woods

  • 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

  • Tight wood grain appearance

  • Small, random tick marks

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


maple cabinet wood

  • 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

  • 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

rustic birch cabinet wood

  • 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.


cabinet wood style

  • 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


cabinet wood style

  • Sleek surface

  • Durable performance

  • Carefree maintenance

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