Designing Your Dream Kitchen?

Consider these pros and cons when selecting your cabinetry
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Photos courtesy of Kitchen Distributors

It’s no secret that your cabinets are the most prominent—and costly—component of your kitchen design. While countertops and appliances can also have high visibility and price tags, all elements must be beautiful, functional and durable.

Building your dream kitchen is an investment, and selecting the right cabinetry is one of the most important decisions you will make. Below, we have weighed the pros and cons of painted versus natural wood stained cabinets for your kitchen.

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Painted Cabinetry


  • Modern, clean look
  • Millions of colors to choose from
  • White is always in style
  • Decreased manufacturing times 
  • Can be less expensive
  • Easier to match in the future


  • Lacks beauty of grained wood
  • Less durable 
  • Difficult to touch up
  • Can’t be refinished 
  • Can be less environmentally friendly
  • Prone to cracking from sun damage

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Natural Wood Stained Cabinetry


  • Beauty and uniqueness of natural wood
  • Countless options for finishes (warm, cool, grey wash, rub-through, distressed)
  • Many options for wood species, cut patterns and veneers
  • Can be refinished or re-stained
  • Doesn’t contain some of the toxic byproducts that MDF does

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  • Imperfections of natural wood
  • Can be more expensive (especially for exotic woods)
  • Difficult to match in the future
  • More prone to fading from sun damage 
  • Solid wood can warp (especially in Colorado where it’s so dry) 

Whether you opt for painted or natural wood stained cabinets, the most important consideration is that you select high-quality cabinets that won’t be easily damaged with daily use, and may be backed by a warranty. No matter the design, your dream kitchen should showcase your style and serve your needs for many years to come.


Morgan MacKay is the Director of Marketing for Kitchen Distributors, which offers award-winning kitchen design throughout the Rocky Mountains. View their profile or contact them at 303-795-0665.

Content for this article provided by Kitchen Distributors.

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