White Oak Trends In Local Kitchen Cabinetry
Why should I use white oak for cabinets?
White is a classic that never goes out of style. As you’re thinking of giving your kitchen a new look this summer, consider keeping a light and summer vibe year-round with white oak. Increasingly, kitchens are now using lighter wood tones including whitewashed woods and white oak in rift grain. This trend is nationwide, but has caught on especially in the Midwest.
What is the history of crafting with white oak?
White oak grows in Eastern Canada through the Midwest and south to Florida and Texas. It is commonly used for furniture, flooring, moldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling and more. Recently it has been predominantly popular in cabinets and tables for homes.
What are the benefits to using white oak for cabinets?
White oak has a number of characteristics which make it perfect for both custom furniture and cabinetry. The narrow sapwood is white to light brown in color. Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. White oak has a course texture. It is usually straight-grained, heavy, strong and durable. Generally, the wood is easy to work with because it has medium bending and crushing strength and minimal stiffness. It machines and glues well. It is easy to carve and takes a fine finish.
What color should I pair with white cabinets?
Consider a drier or more pastel color in place of bold or bright colors to give your room a softer tone that is fresh and clean.