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 and casings were also prevalent, as well as other decorative details.
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For many homeowners looking to build or remodel their homes, Cherry cabinets can be thought of as an outdated or even expensive option, but the truth of the matter is they are very much still “in”, most notably with today’s stain offerings that help to reduce the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 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 Cocoa Brown, you are sure to find a finish for any room needing cabinets. Our stains range from reds to browns to greys, which help to bring out the beauty of the grain, which cherry is often appreciated for, and it plays well in both traditional and contemporary designs as well as transitional which is ever popular.
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 or London Pub.
A beautiful traditional kitchen design featuring decorative enhancements like raised panel doors, crown molding and heavy turned posts. The stone fireplace and backsplash adds a rustic richness to the room. Mission stain with Charcoal Glaze applied to our Chapel Hill Classic door in Cherry.
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
A contemporary styled kitchen featuring our Camden door shows off the variation that solid cherry offers when a Natural finish is applied.
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.
Sesame on Napa
Harbor on Avery
Heather on Carson
Another contemporary design using our Camden Door in Cherry with a soft Heather stain.
A bath featuring our Furniture Vanity Family Style 4 with Marley door in Cherry Cashew
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.
A mission styled kitchen using our Hudson door with Cashew stain adds warmth and softness to the room.
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.
Caraway on Lauren
Smoke on Silverton
Peppercorn on Chapel Hill Panel
An upscale condo designed with Dempsey, a transitional door style in Cherry with Poppyseed finish.
This built-in dry bar area featuring Valencia Panel Cherry in Peppercorn finish is a feature of this living space without being overwhelming.
A transitional kitchen with dark Cocoa Brown 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.
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.
Cappuccino with Charcoal Glaze on St. Augustine
Weathered “B” specialty finish on Dempsey
Cashew with Coffee Glaze on Middleton
Our Furniture Family Style 6 Vanity with Dempsey Door in Weathered “D” on Cherry gives this bath a rustic look and feel.
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.
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.