There are certain words that can come to mind when one thinks of using Cherry wood for cabinetry; Rich, elegant, dark, heavy, Victorian…and expensive! Way back in the day it was recognized as a quality and superior wood used in fine furniture, case goods, and cabinetry. More often than not, you could find Cherry wood in the homes of the upper elite living in the city in large, Victorian style mansions with dark paneling on the walls and ornate, grand staircases.  Heavy moldings, casings and other decorative details were also prevalent. 

Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty, MN

Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty, MN

For many homeowners looking to build or remodel their homes Cherry cabinets can be thought of as an outdated or even expensive option, but the truth is they are very much still “in,” most notably with today’s stain offerings that help to reduce the redness of the wood. It can also be affordable, especially when mixed with other finishes such as painted cabinets.

Cherry is a premium hardwood admired for its rich, beautiful color, satiny smooth texture, and uniform grain pattern. Color ranges from red to brown to vanilla. Small mineral streaks, pitch pockets, and sapwood will occur naturally and are part of the distinctive nature of this wood species. Cherry may show some burling or darker areas when stained, due to a higher absorption rate at the burls. Over time and with exposure to natural sunlight, Cherry will noticeably darken (mellow) in color.

Cherry Cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Kitchen cabinet wood material options.

Natural Cherry

Cherry wood accepts stains very easily, and because of that we are able to offer the most finishes on Cherry at Dura Supreme Cabinetry – 53 to be exact! From the softness of our pale Coriander to the deep, dark tones of Onyx, you are sure to find a cabinetry finish for any room. Our stains range from reds to browns to greys and help to bring out the beauty of the grain, for which Cherry is often praised, and it plays well in designs ranging from traditional to contemporary.


This traditional and stylish built-in bar featuring St. Augustine door and lots of decorative details makes one feel they have stepped into an Irish Pub.

Designed by Bob Michels Construction, St. Paul, MN. Photograph by Landmark Photography.

A beautiful traditional kitchen design featuring decorative enhancements like raised panel doors, crown molding, and heavy turned posts. The stone fireplace and backsplash add a rustic richness to the room. These Chapel Hill Classic doors in Cherry feature in our Mission stain with Charcoal Glaze.

Designed by Kristen Peck of Knight Construction, Chanhassen, MN.

Photographed by Mark Ehlen, Ehlen Creative Communications.

Love at first sight! This gorgeous two-tone kitchen combines the classic look of rich Cherry wood with a striking paint contrast.  Bases and Hood: Dempsey Inset Cherry Praline. Uppers: Dempsey Inset Paint Black

Designed by Eric Shipe of Bath + Kitchen, Alexandria, VA.

A contemporary styled kitchen featuring our Camden door shows off the variation that solid Cherry offers when a Natural finish is applied. 

Designed by Creative Kitchen Designs, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Today’s cabinets trends have moved towards muted and soft grey and brown tones when it comes to stains. Rather than having the redness of Cherry show through, finishes are now trending to browns with grey undertones and vice versa, that highlight the graining. Low sheens offer a softness to the surface for a look that is warm and timeless.

Another contemporary design using our Camden door in Cherry with a soft Heather stain.

Designed by Jeremy Sarcoz of Heartwood Designs, Sedona, AZ. Photographed by Michael Thackrah.

A bath featuring our Furniture Vanity Family Style 4 with Marley door in Cashew-stained Cherry 

Design by Jennifer Boznos of Insignia by Inspired Design Kitchen and Bath, Barrington, IL. Photo by Josh Zuelke.

This below kitchen shows off our Lauren door style with soft gray-brown tones of Heather finish on Cherry. It is warm yet very neutral.

Designed by LJ’s Kitchen and Interiors, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

A mission styled kitchen using our Hudson door with Cashew stain adds warmth and softness to the room.

Designed by Claire Teunissen of Studio M Kitchen and Bath, Plymouth, MN. Photographed by Scott Amundson Photography.

The shift from dark red tones to dark brown/gray tones in Cherry wood has been prevalent in cabinet design for the last couple of years. These stain offerings still offer the dark richness that some appreciate in Cherry wood, but they are more subtle in tone while showing off the beautiful graining that is indicative of Cherry. It is more neutral and matches easily with other woods or finishes, especially when doing a two-tone look.

An upscale condo designed with Dempsey, a transitional door style in Cherry with Poppyseed finish.

Designed by Linda LaBreck-Grills of Pinnacle Design, Saginaw, MI. Photographed by Dan Denardo.

This built-in dry bar area featuring Valencia Panel Cherry in Java stained finish is a feature of this living space without being overwhelming.

Designed by Cheyanne Adams of LaCosta Cabinets & Design, Encinitas, CA.

A transitional kitchen with dark Onyx stain on our Cherry Highland door with aluminum frame doors to accent. The dark stain still allows the graining of the wood to show through.

Designed by Stephanie Frees of Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinetry, Westmont, IL. Photo by Michael Kaskel Photography


Our Specialty finishes applied to Cherry wood can really up the wow factor when used in cabinet design. The hardness of the wood offers a smooth finish while the color tones and graining accent the richness.  Used as an accent or statement piece, finishes such as Weathered or Heirloom give Cherry wood a timeless look and offer a furniture look and feel to the cabinets.

Our Furniture Family Style 6 Vanity with Dempsey Door in Weathered “D” on Cherry gives this bath a rustic look and feel.

Designed by Aaron Mauk of Mauk Cabinets by Design, Tipp City, OH. Photograph by Dawn M. Smith Photography.

A classic White kitchen with the Highland door on the range wall is accented with Cherry in Weathered “E” on Hawthorn door for the island, hood, and sidebar.

 Designed by Dura Supreme Cabinetry

A close-up detail of a Furniture Family 3 Vanity in Bella door style with Caraway Charcoal Glaze applied, which highlights the detail of the turned legs and door and drawer profiles.

Designed by Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Stacey Lindstrom the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and blog author for the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Stacey Lindstrom is the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Stacey has a degree in interior design and over 25 years in the kitchen and Bath industry. She has worked in all kinds of business platforms, from small dealers to online design and sales, and has worked with 20.20 Design software since 1997. Her first venture working with Dura Supreme Cabinets was way back in 1995, creating hand drawings for a dealer showroom. In the last 10 years, she has had her work showcased on episodes of Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers, as well as season 15 of Big Brother. As much as she loves designing spaces for clients, Stacey enjoys training and educating on product and design as well, and draws from her own expertise as well us blunders over the years to help Dura Supreme and its dealers.

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