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Cherry Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Cherry wood cabinets are a fixture in traditional cabinets where they have been a standard for hundreds of years. So you may find yourself asking "are cherry cabinets out of style?" Traditional, yes. Out of style? Never. The look and durability of cherry endears it to picky woodworkers, cabinetmakers and homeowners alike. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to cherry kitchen cabinets just like any other cabinet material.

Characteristics of Cherry Wood

Cherry is a traditional hardwood that woodworkers and carpenters have used for years because of its color and quality. It is a closed-grain wood with a color ranging from light/white to light brown, often with a reddish hue. The heartwood is a darker color, while the sapwood tends to be lighter. Cherry offers a moderately hard texture, extreme strength and good shock-resistance. The grain in cherry is varied, with pin knots, curls, random swirls and gum streaks. It stains and finishes to a smooth finish. Cabinetmakers and carpenters in the colonial times frequently used cherry. Thus, the wood became the commonly used wood for traditional furniture styles such as Mission, country and Shaker.

Pros and Cons of Cherry Cabinetry

Cherry finishes darken with age, bringing out the varied grains and patterns. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds the darkening process. The darkening of the finish can be a pro or a con in using cherry wood, depending on personal taste. Some pros of cherry are:

  • Cherry takes many different finishes well
  • Cherry is a close-grained, smooth wood and has beautiful variations of the finish ranging from natural to nearly black

Some cons of cherry include:

  • It reacts to sunlight, which will change the color in unpredictable ways
  • It has major color variations which will affect the look of a set of cabinets
  • It is one of the most expensive cabinet materials
  • It is not as resilient as hardwoods like oak or hickory

Expected Costs for Cherry Cabinets

If using cherry wood cabinets for a kitchen remodel, expect to pay between 15 and 25 % more than you will pay for maple or oak. Cost-saving cabinet options that maintain the cherry look include maple, birch or ash cabinetry with a cherry-look finish.

Cherry Cabinet Style Ideas

Some style ideas for using cherry cabinets include choosing a dark, almost black finish for a contemporary update to the traditional cherry, like our nearly black RTA cabinets in cherry. The rich finishes that are possible on cherry lend themselves to inlaid doors, beveled edges on cabinets and trim and elegant drawers. Other style ideas include matching the cherry finish on the cabinets to the trim or flooring in the kitchen or the rest of the home.

Cherry Cabinets: Wall Color & Finishes

Because of its reddish undertones, cherry wood lends itself well to a wide variety of wall colors. Accent your dark cherry cabinets with light-colored, neutral or pastel walls and countertops. To create a bit of contrast, you can use a pop of color that complements cherry’s reddish hue, like hunter or olive green. You can even finish off your cherry design scheme with cherry wood cabinet knobs.

Our Cherry Wood Cabinetry

Kitchen Cabinet Kings carries several cabinet styles with a cherry finish at a much lower cost than regular cherry wood. With our fine hardwoods and finishes, such as Cherry Glaze or Pacifica, you can get the rich look of cherry without the cost or color variations often found in cherry wood kitchen cabinetry. This gives the advantages of cherry's rich color and close-grained hardwood finish without the drawbacks of cost and color changes associated with the wood.

Cherry kitchen cabinets can be a good choice for some homeowners. However, the beautifully finished, cherry-look alternatives offered by Kitchen Cabinet Kings provide a high quality, reasonably priced alternative for homeowners seeking the rich look of cherry in their kitchen.



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