There is a shift in kitchen cabinetry towards light toned woods. Customers have once again developed an appreciation for the richness and texture that an oak door can bring. To meet this demand we have now extended our natural finish to both oak and rift oak.
The result? A true oak kitchen cabinet revival!
The natural finish on oak allows the pronounced broad stroke of its woodgrain pattern to really pop! Not only that, oak natural can pair nicely with many other finishes, such as fresh whites, or for a more contemporary look; you can even couple oak natural with a rich, opulent black.
Natural Oak…You make these [finishes] look GOOD!
Natural Woods like Oak are Back, Baby!
Recently, natural woods like oak are also seeing a revival beyond the kitchen, which is very exciting when you consider how easy it is to add it as an accent to practically any part of your kitchen layout:
- range hoods
- food prep stations
- home office additions
- entertaining areas
- kitchen peninsulas
Plain vs. Rift Oak – What’s the Difference?
Rift-sawn oak, AKA “radial grain oak” or “quarter-sawn oak” is specially cut in order to circumvent the grain flecks that are common in the Oak Wood species.
This, in turn results in a finer and more linear grain than standard or “plain-sawn oak”. Since this more selective method produces the most waste in the cutting process, it is also the most expensive.
Also, similar to all other woods, Rift-sawn oak will vary distinctly in both grain and colouration as it is more representative of the authenticity of the real wood.
As an example, take a look at these two Kitchen Craft Gentry oak shaker doors, both presented with our gorgeous new natural stain. The one on the left is shown as a plain-sawn oak, while the one on the right is shown as a rift-sawn oak.
Which one do you prefer? Which one can you see in your new Kitchen Craft kitchen?
Now that you know more about the resurgence in popularity of natural oak kitchen cabinet doors, as well as the differences between plain and rift grain patterns, the next step is speaking with one of our experienced Kitchen Craft Designers, who will help you make the final decision as to how you will incorporate this timeless wood species and finish into your new room design.
Get started today!
Contact a designer at the location nearest you to schedule your first appointment. We hope you will enjoy your new Kitchen Craft cabinets for many years to come!
2866 Calgary Trail NW
1434 Broad St.
1500 Regent Ave. W
1659 Kenaston Blvd