Legacy Kitchens

Unpredictable Beauty: 3 Things You Should Know About Wood Cabinetry

Wood cabinets are appealing because of their distinct and unique character. Some prefer the predictability of engineered materials like thermofoil and laminate but if you want a natural look, nothing compares to the beautiful colour variations and grain patterns found in real wood. Here are 3 key factors which contribute to those variations:


Each wood species' colours and grain patterns are affected by the environment in which they're grown. These naturally occurring features in wood make it impossible to guarantee that all pieces of wood within a kitchen will perfectly match in grain pattern and colour. This organic variety is what makes natural wood products so appealing.

Wood Cabinetry Environment


The finishing process enhances and protects the wood's natural beauty and highlights the inherent qualities of genuine wood. Some species and finish colour combinations will further accentuate the natural wood colour and grain variations, enhancing the distinctive beauty that makes genuine wood cabinetry so desirable.

Wood Cabinetry Finishes

3Light Exposure

Ultraviolet inhibitors in the finishes slow down the effects of aging from sunlight and fluorescent lighting; however, long term exposure to light sources will ultimately alter the colour and tone of any wood. The effects of this aging are seen more quickly on Cherry, Alder, and Maple but will also occur on Oak.

Wood Cabinetry Light Exposure

Meet with a Professional Designer to see for yourself

If you're considering wood for your kitchen, one of our professional designers can show you wood and finish samples in person to demonstrate first hand how environment, finish and light exposure will impact the look of your cabinets.

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