The final step before you start putting your finishing touches on your new home is to decide what kind of cabinetry you want.
And for many homes, that means making a few key choices, like how much you want your furniture to be rustic and minimalist.
In a perfect world, you would want your cabinetry to be simple and functional, so the wood you choose is made to last and look good.
But that doesn’t always happen.
The right wood can be a challenge for many homeowners.
“For many homeowners, it’s all about style and colors,” says Sarah Clements, director of research for the Wood & Woodworking Association.
“So, you may decide to choose a very dark or white wood for your living space.
Or you may choose a light-colored wood for the kitchen, and a dark wood for bedrooms.”
Clements recommends choosing the wood that will be the most durable.
You want to get the wood to last for a long time, and you want it to look nice when you’re finished.
But sometimes, the right choice can be more complicated than it seems.
Clement says you may need to change up the colors of the wood, or choose to add a touch of color to the finish.
For example, if you have a wood cabinet with white and dark wood, you might want to choose something a bit more rustic like a dark walnut or cherry.
Or, if your cabinet has a light white, you could go with a darker walnut and/or cherry.
“The idea is to choose the wood and finish that will give you the best results for your home,” she says.
And the wood itself is a huge factor, Clements says.
“The key is to select the right type of wood to give you that rustic look and feel.”