cherry cabinets in kitchen

The Beauty of Cherry Kitchen Cabinets

Cherry, because of its warm tones and expressive grain, is a favorite wood for kitchen cabinets. Cherry wood complements contemporary and traditional cabinet styles. It is characterized by red undertones but may vary in color from white to a deep, rich brown within a set of kitchen cabinets. Cherry hardwood is lightweight yet moderately strong and durable. It is known for its uniform, smooth and satiny texture and accepts stain very well. All types of wood will mature with time, and this is especially true for cherry. With age, the finish on cherry cabinets will mellow to a rich, darker tone. This is a highly sought-after quality and many homeowners look forward to experiencing this evolution. Ask an expert: Planning new kitchen cabinets? Our design service is free. We encourage you to call our studio at 888-350-1242 to discuss the use of cherry cabinets to create the perfect look for your home. Or request a Quick Quote to see how much cabinets will cost for your kitchen. A member of our team will get an estimate back to you in one business day.

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Characteristics of Cherry Wood

Cherry is a tight, close-grained wood that can contain pin knots and curly graining. These natural variations in the wood add character and personality to cherry’s true beauty. The image to the left is unstained cherry hardwood. The natural features described below are normal and are not considered defects:

  • Small sap pockets, pin knots and streaks
  • Color ranges from pale yellow sapwood to reddish brown with occasional shades of white, green, pink or grey
  • Staining reveals variations of color that darken over time
  • Inclined to accept nicks and bumps than more other woods
  • Variations within a single door and among adjacent cabinets
  • Deepened tone over time