Kitchen Design

Wood Cabinetry is Making a Comeback in a Beautiful Way

Above design by Eric Olson, Photo source

Most of us when we think of wood cabinetry probably imagine high gloss oak and cherry cabinets with raised center panels that seem to have been put into every kitchen built in the 90’s. Well guess what, stained cabinets have evolved! Stained cabinetry has taken a turn for the better! We are seeing blonde woods, distressed woods, and those beautiful darker stains coming back into our homes and its changing that mental image of that wood covered kitchen into something much more refined.

All Hail Blonde Shaker Cabinets

What a stunner. The days of two tone kitchens may be limited but they aren’t out. While you may not see the painted blue and grey combination as often anymore you will definitely see the natural wood and white combo everywhere. These wood shaker cabinets are paired with stacked white cabinetry that really pulls in the light and opens up the whole space.

The warmth and authenticity of all the wood tones in this design mixed with the glossy white quartz countertops, eye catching glass mullion stacked upper cabinets and porcelain apron front bring in form and function for a breathtaking finished design. Not quite what you had in mind for those wooden cabinets, huh? (Check out the whole design at

These wooden vanities add a rustic charm to bathrooms as well. We love the intricate floor tiles, black and brass fixtures and neutral quartz countertops in these bathrooms. Open shelfing in bathroom vanities has also become very popular.

Blonde Wood Isn’t The Only Stand Out Finish

Grey stain on natural wood is just as stunning as the light wood shaker. If you are looking for a subtle sophistication in your space this is the way to go. Paired with brushed finished and stainless steel appliances this design is sleek and polished. And again, we cant forget to mention the stacked mullion cabinets at the top and a soffit that is actually done right!

How about this beautiful naughty alder cabinet with a rubbed through stain the shows the natural wood graining? Beautiful!

“Driftwood” Stained Cabinets

This distressed “driftwood” cabinetry is gorgeous. You could pair this cabinetry with a similar toned quartz countertop and brushed champagne accents for an elegant monochromatic design like the one above or combine it with black and bronze accents and complimentary grey backsplash for some added contrast.

Greige Stained Cabinetry

Grey + Beige. Neutral, classy, timeless! We love this color! Its neutral enough to pair it with just about anything! The beauty of greige is that it can be warm or cool depending on the amount of grey you want in it and its so versatile it can be paired with blues, whites, gold, silver, black and warm or cooler colors. The photo above features a beautiful full height backsplash with minimal blue/grey veining.

How to Achieve the Look

The Dotted Bow has an amazing DIY on how to resurface existing dark cabinetry. Check out the link below to see how its done!

If you are in the middle of planning a remodel and intend to purchase new cabinetry here are a few of our favorite affordable cabinet companies to check out.

Fabuwood Allure Galaxy Shaker Cabinets

Fabuwood offers ready to assemble or assembled cabinetry with durable finishes, hardwood doors, and reliable 3/4″ Plywood box construction. Fabuwood is a great option to achieve the look without the high price tag of a full custom line.

Forevermark Greystone Shaker

Forevermark Greystone Shaker cabinets are another great option for an affordable cabinet. They are available in knock down or assembled and have been featured on HGTV.

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