Maple is a versatile hardwood with a fine, smooth grain. Maple
varies in color from nearly white to a slightly reddish brown.
Mineral or sugar streaks occur naturally in maple and can vary
from piece to piece. This is more noticeable in lighter stains.
The warmth that maple kitchen cabinets bring into a home can be
used for either a classic or contemporary design, making maple a
wonderful choice for your next kitchen remodeling project. Shown
here is a honey maple finish.
Knotty maple kitchen cabinet doors vary from the traditional
maple variety due to their propensity for open secure knots of
various sizes. Knotty maple is a hard and durable wood.
Characteristics of knotty maple include color variations from
white sapwood to grayish brown heartwood, knot holes, pin
holes, “birds’ eye”, and mineral streaks. The characteristics are
natural and so the size and shape cannot be specified.
Merlot is an elegant selection that adds polished depth and even
a feel of romantic mystique to the space it adorns. This finish is
the perfect means for bringing warmth to a modern room or an
unexpected accent to a more traditional design. The Merlot
finish, like a fine wine, invokes many of our senses.
Our Parkhurst Coffee door is made of solid maple. The raised
panel adds an aristocratic flair. The coffee glazing highlights
the raised panel. The rich color of coffee will give your kitchen
a warm feel. The coffee tone is neither too light or too dark and
fits into any interior color design.
Dark kitchen cabinetry, deep, rich hues ranging from beyond
medium brown to black, have been popular for several years.
Black cabinetry has everything to do with lighting, both natural
and indoor. A light countertop and backsplash will reflect light,
as will a light floor. If your kitchen is too small, you may not
want to consider black cabinets. Pay attention to the effect dark
elements will have when designed with your other materials. Take
into consideration the size and proportion of flooring, cabinetry,
window area, backsplash, countertops and appliances. When all the
necessary factors are present, black cabinets can result in a
The Shaker movement was formed by religious groups in America
around 1820 with an emphasis on simplicity and even today, the
style still ranks high in popularity. It matches many decors.
Fashioned from maple and in a stunning dark, espresso coffee
color, both elegant and striking, it adds sophistication and
style to any kitchen. The full overlay door has a recessed center
panel and can have simple, stylish handles. The espresso Shaker
style kitchen is a timeless design that will look stunning for
years to come.
Antique kitchen cabinets are clean and elegant, and are often
found in traditional homes. Antique white kitchens are timeless.
Unlike color tones and wood stains that can shift with fashion
tides, a well-designed antique white kitchen will never look
dated. As opposed to pure white kitchens, antique white kitchen
cabinets tend to be more practical. Since dark stains and
smudges stand out visually on a bright white surface, antique
white kitchen cabinets may require less frequent cleaning and
gentle dusting than a pure white kitchen. If you want a bright
and elegant environment, then an antique white kitchen is a
While trends in kitchen materials, finishes and details may
change, a white kitchen is always in style. It’s clean, bright,
can look bigger than it is, provides a nice view from other
rooms, works with every design style and provides a continuity
and free flow among open adjoining rooms. White offers a calming
uniformity and classic touch and give contrast to dark floors and
countertops. With white, texture matters which can be introduced
in the backsplash and countertops.
The soft transitional styling of the Lansing Kitchen Cabinets
Shaker Natural door is what provides its wide range of appeal for
contemporary tastes. The Shaker Natural door is constructed of
hard maple and has a natural finish. The door has a recessed
center panel. Its mortise and tenon doors and drawers and full
overlay construction give the Shaker door style its transitional
appeal, as well as the ability to complement many different
Walnut is highly prized for its dark-colored true heartwood. It
is heavy and strong. Walnut wood has historically been used for
gunstocks, furniture, flooring, cabinetry and a variety of other
woodworking products. Walnut’s strength, stability and beauty
make it an excellent choice for kitchen cabinets.
However, walnut is an exotic scarce wood. It is one of the most
expensive woods. It is so valuable that so-called “Walnut
Rustlers” have been known to harvest it illegally by posing as
forestry officials, cutting trees during the night, and even
using helicopters to take them away quickly. High quality logs
are made into veneer. Slices of wood 1/28th of an inch thick are
glued to cheaper woods to make it economically possible to buy
walnut furniture and paneling.
Consequently, most people choose a walnut finish as opposed to
solid walnut cabinets.
The Persian Walnut, and the Black Walnut and its allies, are
important for their attractive timber, which (except in young
trees) is hard, dense, tight-grained and polishes to a very
smooth finish. The color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood
to a dark chocolate color in the heartwood. When kiln-dried,
walnut wood tends toward a dull brown color, but when air-dried
can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its color, hardness
and grain it is a prized furniture wood.
A professional, premium glaze can add another layer of beauty to
your cabinets. First, a wood toner is applied, which accentuates
the grain’s natural attributes. Then the glaze adds depth,dimension
and an understated sheen that’s guaranteed to endure. Even,consistent
coverage produces a subtle appearance, whereas varied coverage
produces a more dramatic look. These variations will occur from
cabinet to cabinet and are considered desirable features in a glazed
finish. Depending on the complexity of the cabinet door’s design,
glaze may collect in corners and grooves, adding a warm sense of