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How to Choose the Right Wood Cabinets for Your Kitchen

Are you considering new kitchen cabinets? Wood cabinets are easily customizable and are a beautiful fixture in any home that will last for years to come. Here's what you need to know about the most popular varieties from the Martha Stewart Living catalog.

Martha Stewart Living cabinet style Lily Pond in cherry.


Characterized by its red undertones, cherry may vary in color from white to a deep, rich brown. It is a close-grained wood with fairly uniform texture, revealing pin knots and curly graining. All wood will age with time, and the finish will darken. This is especially true for cherry. This is a sought-after quality in cherry cabinetry, and those who select it expect this evolution.

Martha Stewart Living cabinet style Wainscott in oak.


Oak is a strong, open-grained hardwood that ranges in color from white to pink and reddish tones. Streaks of green, yellow, and even black may appear due to mineral deposits. Oak may also contain wormholes and varying grain patterns. But this distinct graining is considered a desirable quality.

Martha Stewart Living cabinet style Turkey Hill in maple.


This close-grained hardwood is naturally predominantly white to creamy-white in color, with occasional reddish-brown tones. While maple technically features uniform graining as compared to other wood species, characteristic markings may include fine brown lines, wavy or curly graining, pecks, and mineral streaks. These traits are natural and serve to enhance maple's natural beauty.


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