Designing with Maple Cabinets

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Maple is one of the most common hardwoods used in kitchens today. Its affordability and strength make it a top choice for kitchen remodels, without breaking the bank.

Adaptable and Natural

American kitchensespecially those in the Southare known for their elegant and naturalistic use of hardwoods. Many contemporary homes have brought the outdoors in, and maple lends itself to this tradition by taking dye, stain, paint, and varnish like a champ. A natural finish provides a contemporary look. On the other hand, with shabby chic in full swing, you may choose to “age” your maple, and create a centerpiece, like a kitchen island, with a unique pastel.  Either way, colors and finishes let you create the look that’s exactly to your taste.

Go Dark for Your Range’s Sake

It’s common practice to stain maple dark, and for good reason. If you have modern appliances and want to further highlight them as part of the room’s aesthetics, a black finish like Marsh Furniture’s Onyx will do the trick. High gloss to matte, dark hardwood will recede and bring your kitchen’s equipment into the foreground.

Consider Custom Cabinetry

The low density of maple hardwood makes it one of the most ideal materials for custom or semi-custom cabinets. Its innate resilience allows for carvings of any complexity without compromising durability. You don’t have to commission a Greek frieze on your cupboard for it to be personal, but if your kitchen’s the heart of your home, consider unique woodwork.

Design Thoughts

Maple has a fine grain and a smooth finish, making it a popular choice for cabinets. Is it the right choice for you? It all depends on your design and budget goals. We suggest you collect ideas and pictures of kitchens you like, then meet with a Marsh Kitchens designer in one of our showrooms to experience the colors and touch the smooth finish of maple cabinets for yourself.