The type of wood species you choose for your cabinets, as well as the stain color and finish, will determine the overall look of your kitchen. Since your cabinet doors are the focal point of your kitchen, it’s important to pick something stylish and durable. Luckily, there are a plethora of choices available in today’s market. Here are just a few of the most popular options:



An extremely popular option, maple has a very smooth texture, with a creamy white color that can range from a light white to a light brown. Maple is an excellent wood type for painted or stained cabinets because of its hardness, smooth texture, and fine grain, and therefore is used quite often for custom cabinetry.



Cherry is one of the most popular types of wood for the it’s beautiful, rich lustre, uniform and subtle grain pattern, and very smooth grain texture. Cherry can range from a light white, honey blond to a deeper rich brown, and is known for it’s red undertones. This wood can also darken slightly with age. Cherry will add elegance to any style of kitchen.



Alder has a straight grain and an very even texture. It’s similar to cherry with it’s color and graining and can range from light honey to reddish brown. Alder will mellow with age and exposure to light. It’s an excellent choice for painted cabinetry as the grain won’t show through and the paint application will be very nice and smooth. 


Knotty or Rustic Alder

Knotty alder has a rustic, casual appearance, and can be stained to suit any color scheme.  With time, knotty alder will become a shade lighter than the initial color. Alder is softer than maple, but also has more natural graining. Knotty alder is a great choice for a stained or unfinished “look” cabinet.

knotty alder


Hickory is a strong wood that features random natural streaks. Hickory is lighter than oak, but looks similar in its pattern and grain.The colors can range from very light cream to dark reddish brown, making it a versatile wood that is most often used in rustic style kitchens.



Oak is one of the most used woods in cabinetry due to it’s abundant, and therefore cost-effective nature, as well as its dense grain and extremely durable nature. It’s one of the hardest of the hardwoods, and least expensive, making it an excellent choice for a more budget conscious consumer.


For more information about the different wood choices available, check out our Cabinet Door page here. And please contact us with any questions.