3 Things You Should Know About Wood Cabinetry

How environment, finish and light exposure impact the look of real wood.

Wood cabinets are appealing because of their distinct and unique character. Some prefer the predictability of engineered materials like thermofoil and laminate, but if you want a natural look, nothing compares to the beautiful colour variations and grain patterns found in real wood.

Here are three key factors that contribute to those variations.



The environment a wood species grows in affects its colour and grain patterns. These naturally occurring features in wood make it impossible to guarantee that all pieces of wood in a kitchen will match perfectly in grain pattern and colour. This organic variety is what makes natural wood products so appealing.



The finishing process protects and enhances wood’s natural beauty. Some species and finish colour combinations will further accentuate the natural wood colour and grain variations, drawing out the distinctive beauty that makes genuine wood cabinetry so desirable.


Light Exposure

Ultraviolet inhibitors in finishes slow down the effects of aging from sunlight and fluorescent lighting; however, long term exposure to light sources will ultimately alter the colour and tone of any wood. The effects of aging show more quickly on cherry, alder and maple, but will also occur on oak.


If you’re considering wood for your kitchen, meet with a professional designer who can show you wood and finish samples in person to demonstrate first-hand how environment, finish and light exposure will impact the look of your cabinets.

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