Entry #232, August 2, 2010
When choosing wood colors for your kitchen do you know where to start? When we choose the dark espresso wood cabinets for our kitchen remodel, I just chose a color that I loved. In hindsight, I realized that choosing the right wood color can make the difference in how large the kitchen feels, as well as if the kitchen needs warmth added to it, etc..
Southern Living has an article about choosing the right wood color for your kitchen. Here are some tips to help you choose.
Which Woods Work for You?
To make a small kitchen appear larger, consider pale yellow and tan woods.
- Oak: strong hardwood that resists wear and tear
- Maple: uniform color with a tighter grain than oak
- Pine (Southern Yellow): inexpensive wood with a bold grain pattern; accepts stains and paints very well
- Ash: used in curved cabinets because it bends easily; good to stain
Casting a pinkish, light brown, or tan hue, these woods bring warmth to a room.
- Beech: fine, even texture with straight, sometimes interlocking grain
- Cherry: reddish-brown; expensive
From medium brown to black, these woods make a statement.
- Butternut: straight-grained with a satiny luster; stains well
- Mahogany: high-priced with a variety of grain patterns
- Walnut: sought for high-end paneling and cabinetry; has a straight grain and uniform texture
Quick Color Tip: When in doubt, choose a lighter wood such as oak or maple. It’s much easier to darken lighter woods than to make dark woods lighter.
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