Education Center Intro


Welcome to’s Design Education Center! We would first like to Thank You for visiting our store. At, we want you to know that your business is greatly appreciated! Our design experts are excited to help you turn your design dreams into the beautiful, “At-Home Oasis” your family will cherish for years to come. Our Education Center will help guide you through the abundance of information available to you, so you can make an informed and confident buying decision.

Need to answer some questions and narrow down some choices?’s Design Education Center can help you with anything you might be curious about. You can look up information regarding all aspects of your project, including Style Ideas, Wood Species, Door styles, Finishes, Countertops, and even caring for your beautiful new cabinets. Cabinet care is key to protecting your investment and maximizing the lifespan of your cabinets!

At, we care about our clients. We only sell American made cabinets that ship right here in the United States.  Ask our competitors where they get their cabinets. You can count on us to deliver the highest quality cabinets and the best affordable prices.

Wood Species


The look of your cabinets is one of your most important decisions. Each type of wood has its own distinctive character, and offers its own advantages. Consider these choices:

  • Read Oak has a prominent, open grain that can appear in a sweeping arch or a close-knit array. Oak’s color ranges from reddish-brown, to yellow, to a lighter, whiter shade, and sometimes displays mineral deposit streaks of green, yellow or black.
  • Hickory has an open, flowing grain pattern. When finished with light or natural stains, its color ranges from light brown to deep brown; a darker stain softens the color contrast, while retaining hickory’s natural specks, burls, or mineral streaks.
  • Birch’s wood’s distinctive grain can be straight, wavy, or curly. Birch is a medium-density hardwood which is predominant white or creamy yellow in the sapwood areas of the tree. And it has a heartwood color ranging from medium brown, to dark brown, to reddish-brown.
  • Pine has a white-yellow-pink color range. Although it is softwood with a straight, closed grain pattern, numerous streaks of sap and solid knots produce variations in density and color. Distressing, done in the factory, lends a country look to this versatile choice. Similar to Cherry Hardwood, Pine will get naturally darker with age, giving it a more relaxed feel; one of the graceful benefits of building your dream kitchen with Pine and Cherry woods.
  • Maple is primarily off-white with pale pink or yellow-brown hues. Maple can also contain red or tan streaks that darken with staining. This species is a strong hardwood, typically having a closed, straight grain, although it can sometimes display a wavy or curly pattern.
  • Cherry Hardwood is an elegant choice. It is primarily pinkish-brown in color, but can show shades of white, gray, green, or pink, which are accented by natural or lighter stains. Cherry mellows with age while retaining the figures, streaks, knots and small gum pockets that distinguish this species.
  • Sapwood The outer layers of wood on a tree, closest to the bark. Sapwood is typically lighter than heartwood.
  • Heartwood The inner layers of growing trees that no longer contain living cells. Although at times, it can be harder to differentiate between the two, Heartwood is generally darker than sapwood.
door styles



Traditional look for a timeless design

The striking mitered pillow design is available in a classic paint finish or two popular stains. Hidden adjustable hinges feature our soft-close mechanism to prevent accidental door slams. Add your own customized hardware for that uniquely personal touch.

Hudson cabinets are built from solid American maple, right here in the U.S.A.

Available Colors

Crimson with
Chocolate Glaze
Heritage with
Chocolate Glaze
White Paint
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  • Maple doors with raised center panel
  • Maple drawers with recessed plywood panel
  • Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
  • 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
  • Dovetail drawer construction
  • Full-extension undermount drawer glides
  • Hidden, six-way adjustable hinges with soft-close mechanism
  • Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom



Clean, contemporary lines

The clean, simple lines of Shaker design can be highly flexible. They can blend beautifully with a traditional style, or make a bold statement that compliments a contemporary design.

Choose from warm crimson, honey or dark sable stains, or a painted white finish. In a nod to those Shaker craftsmen of long ago, Dartmouth cabinets are built from solid American maple, right here in the U.S.A.

Available Colors

Crimson Honey Painted White Dark Sable
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  • Maple doors with a plywood center panel
  • Solid slab drawer heads
  • Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
  • 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
  • Dovetail drawer construction
  • Full-extension undermount drawer glides
  • Hidden, six-way adjustable hinges with soft-close mechanism
  • Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom


Classic styling, with a nod to what’s new

The raised panel cabinets say “traditional” but with a slightly bolder, cleaner line, which makes WOLF’s Saginaw cabinets ideal for a wide range of kitchen designs.

Choose from four rich finishes: crimson, chestnut, honey or dark sable. Whatever you decide, you’ll enjoy genuine American craftsmanship, including the solid American maple cabinet doors and drawer fronts that are standard in all WOLF cabinets.

Available Colors

Crimson Chestnut Honey Dark Sable
WOLF Saginaw Kitchen Cabinets - Transitional Cabinets Honey saginaw-darksable



  • Maple door with a raised veneer center panel
  • Solid maple slab drawer heads
  • Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
  • 3/4” solid wood corner blocks
  • 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
  • Dovetail drawer construction with sidemount glides
  • Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom


You asked, we listened.

With clean lines, a classic look and our most popular color, York cabinets are a homeowner’s dream.

Available in painted white, York cabinets make the perfect match for any design. Versatile – but with enough detail to elevate the style of your space.

Available Colors

Painted White



    • Full overlay
    • Maple doors with MDF center panel
    • Maple drawer with a five-piece drawer head and recessed MDF panel
    • Full ½” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
    • ¾” solid wood corner blocks
    • ¾” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
    • Dovetail drawer construction
Kitchen Countertops


Granite Countertops: Granite is a beautiful countertop material and with the amount of granite suppliers, the price is not as expensive as it once was. Granite is a natural stone and embodies the image of beauty in a kitchen. From small to large kitchens, choosing granite will make a big impact, creating that Wow factor homeowners are looking for. Granite is heat resistant and will virtually last a lifetime. Because it is natural, it comes in a range of many different styles and colors. An investment in granite means added value to your home for any potential home buyers. It is important to make sure you seal all of the granite with special sealants to make it virtually maintenance free. It is also important to know that sealing is a simple process, as simple as wiping down your counter tops with the special sealant.

Stone: Engineered stone is a man-made stone countertop that is composed of a natural substance (quartz) and materials to ensure its longevity. Because it is engineered, it is available in a vast color palette to match the style of any kitchen. And, unlike natural stone, the surface is non-porous so it resists stains and scratches. Once installed in your kitchen, no sealing is required. The brands available on the market include Silestone and Zodiaq among other popular suppliers.

Solid Surface: A solid surface countertop is a single unified solid block. Because the solid color runs the entire way through the counter, any scratches or nicks can be sanded out without damage to the countertop adding to their versatility. These kitchen countertops are custom made for your specific remodeling project. Some of the vendors available include Swanstone and Corian. The advantage to the custom build is there are no seams in the counters and the color can be custom made to match your kitchen. Though versatile, this type of countertop is vulnerable to heat.

Ceramic Tile: Tile is another choice for counters, which used to be very popular back in the day. Tile counters are very inexpensive; they come in a variety of styles, and are durable. Whatever the style of your kitchen, you can find the right texture and design to compliment it with tile. And, ceramic tile is not susceptible to heat like many other counter materials. You will want to make sure your installers are careful to prepare the surface of your counter so each tile will be even and seal the grout after they are finished to ensure your grout will not become stained through use at the onset. You will also want to reseal the grout every few months (maybe 2-3 times/year) to keep it clean and free of germs like bacteria over time.

Laminates: A laminate countertop is very easy to clean and is made by a variety of manufacturers including Formica and Wilsonart. The laminate is basically a plastic like material with a very smooth surface usually laid on top of layers of compressed plywood or particle board. Laminate comes in sections, a variety of colors, is long lasting, and is very easy to clean and maintain. It is also tough and fairly durable. Laminate is also available in the widest variety of colors, patterns and now, consumers even have access to a wide variety of laminate textures; in fact, many are made to mimic the look and feel of more upscale surfaces like granite (and many of them do a wonderful job at that).ty of colors, is long lasting, and is very easy to clean and maintain.

Wood: Wood countertops (also known as butcher block countertops) give a very warm country look to any kitchen. The grains and patterns in wood are very unique and range from soft lines to very powerful grains and all come in many colors and finishes. The most common wood for countertops is maple because of its strength but other woods such as oak, bamboo, and many other woods are also being used. These counters are easy to clean and if they scratch can be sanded and resealed back to their original beauty. However, they are porous and, as a result, will need to be sealed. We recommend a self leveling sealer such as the sealers used in bars and restaurants, as these will turn your beautiful wood countertops into more durable, solid surfaces.

Stainless Steel Countertops: There is nothing more suited for a modern kitchen, than a stainless steel countertop. It gives a powerful look while still being functional. Stainless steel is used in restaurant kitchens because they are resistant to heat and extremely durable. For a residential kitchen, these can be constructed to be seamless. The steel material is also very easy to clean and will not stain. If you are looking for a modern look, this is your countertop choice.

Soapstone Countertops: Soapstone has not been seen too much as a countertop material in the recent past, but is gradually making a comeback. The actual material is bluish gray in color and very smooth. Many historic homes have soapstone kitchen countertops. Soapstone is making a comeback to modern homes because of its richness and deep color tones. Over time, the countertop will actually darken and gain richness. If you are interested in this countertop material, it does require some maintenance in the form of applications of oil at regular intervals throughout the year. Beauty does not come without some labor.

Marble: Although granite countertops have dropped in price because of their wide availability, marble countertops continue to be one of the most expensive countertop choices available today. If you like the look of marble, we recommend using it as an accent piece, such as on a kitchen island rather than in your entire kitchen to keep the cost down. Ask your contractors to professionally seal your marble to make it is stain resistant, but marble will also still need periodic resealing. Marble is a beautiful accent look to any kitchen.

Concrete Countertops: Concrete is the new kitchen countertop of choice. Concrete countertops are fabricated right in your kitchen and can be styled to any shape, color, or pattern – and we do mean any. And, because they are poured right in your kitchen, they will always be. You may not think of concrete as an expensive countertop however, it does come with a high price tag because of the skill and artisan craft that goes into each cast of stone. While it is quite expensive, no one will ever have the same countertop as you, as each one is unique.

Please use the information above to compare kitchen countertops and learn more about kitchen countertops before you decide which would work best for your kitchen.

Styles Ideas


Determining what style you want in your new kitchen and/or bathroom takes a little bit of research and process of elimination.

If you plan on occupy your home for a while, its best to start with each space and determine your needs. Take a look around; take note of characteristics you love as well as those you would like to eliminate. What colors invoke the most positive response from you as you enter the room? Which objects do you find yourself drawn to? What are their shapes – are they more free-flowing and curvaceous or do they consist mostly of clean, straight lines? Do you prefer a more consistent, minimalist approach, or are you more eclectic and find yourself drawn to a variety of styles – Less detail or more ornate?

Whatever your preferences, it is important to understand there is no “right or wrong” when it comes to creating the style in the kitchen or bathroom of your family’s dreams. This is especially the case if you intend on living in the space for many years to come; your home should reflect your personality; it should be a beautiful oasis that brings you joy and peace upon entering.

Now, if you’re planning this remodel in preparation of a sale then, there is another approach you will want to take.

When preparing a house for sale, a great place to start examining style is by visiting a few local open houses. You can also ask the Realtor® or homeowner what kind of response they’ve gotten to the property. This will give you an idea of what the neighborhood calls for and will help you ensure that your house appeals to the broadest audience.

What are some of the design styles you will encounter?

A traditional design style is a bit more on the ornate side of things. Traditional design usually incorporates a variety a materials such as, wood, plain glass or camed glass designs (Camed glass panes are joined with metal, which can be designed into a variety of shapes to add interest to the room), and metals (ranging from bright bronze and gold – to the darker oil rubbed bronze), and warmer brown tones, with an occasional white piece incorporated here or there for a pop of contrast. Traditional style also typically includes crown moldings and light rail moldings on wall cabinets, including inserts such as the rope inlay or the dental molding inlay, to name just a couple of choices on the market.

Warm and Natural
The Warm, Natural style creates a more rustic, earthy feel in a room. It sets the stage for a more inviting atmosphere, instantly putting you and your guests at ease. This style features welcoming spaces with rich beautiful woods, rustic finishes and lots of shelves to display both family and personal treasures. Warm, natural cabinetry enhances visits with family and friends by creating open, inviting spaces for spending time and making beautiful memories together.

A modern/contemporary style is based on very clean, straight lines with fewer items in the room, creating somewhat of a “minimalist” feel. Color tones tend to lean more towards darker hues such as Espresso – very deep browns/blacks, crisp whites and may even include a bit of gray for the base colors in the room. This style may also incorporate small “Pops” of color here or there, such as a bright red decorative pitcher on the counter somewhere with just a few, deliberately placed items peppered in to keep the clean, open feel in the room.

A country kitchen creates a nostalgic feeling of simpler times. With varying shades of whites and blues and a myriad of decorative items that can be found on the farm, the country kitchen can make you and your guests feel right at home as soon as they enter the room. Classic to the country kitchen is the apron front sink also know as a farmhouse sink, which has grown tremendously in popularity and variety over the years.

cabinet care


Kitchen and bathroom Cabinets, just like fine furniture, should be dusted or vacuumed periodically depending on the amount of particulate matter they may have accumulated. Always dust with a polish-moistened or damp cloth, as dry dusting may scratch the surface. It is also a good practice to follow the grain of wood when dusting – wiping across the grain could cause scratches to appear if the dust contains grit. Residues such as smoke, cooking vapors or body oils can be cleaned with a damp cloth with a small amount of furniture cleaner. Remember to use a clean soft cloth such as an old T-shirt, cheesecloth, dishtowel, flannel or chamois with no snaps or buttons that may scratch the surface.

Kitchen cabinets are used more often than dishwashers and stoves. And since they occupy a large space, they are more exposed to elements that can degrade their quality. Unfortunately, kitchen cabinets are less taken cared of as compared to stoves and dishwashers. During the cleaning process, they are often left unaddressed. This should not be the practice. Keeping kitchen cabinets in new or like new condition requires regular cleaning and wiping. Wiping with a clean cloth can help maintain the original look of the cabinet doors for a very long time. Door knobs should be cleaned as well.

There are specific cleaning aids designed for wood kitchen cabinets. Avoid using abrasive and caustic cleaners. Aluminum cabinets can be cleaned with warm water and regular detergent.

Dirt and residues you cannot see are often more damaging. This is also true with kitchen cabinets. Usually, it is common to leave the top of the cabinets untouched – leaving the most important part of the kitchen cabinets that needs to be cleaned dirty. Avoid this by making sure that you start by opening the doors and drawers, to clean these top edges before cleaning the visible surface.

It is also important to keep in mind that moisture, dust, and crawling creatures can penetrate your cabinets any time if the drawers and doors are not closed properly. To keep that from happening, ensure that all the doors and drawers are kept fully closed when not in use. Doors or drawers that do not fully close should be repaired as quickly as possible to maintain what’s inside.


Semi-transparent finishes contain a deeply pigmented stain. Since these particular finishes are semi-transparent, they may reveal some of the naturally beautiful characteristics of the wood. With any semi-transparent finish, the following may occur:

Visible lines at the joints of cabinet face frames and doors are normal because wood is in a constant state of expansion and contraction. This Does Not compromise the integrity of the joint, or the finish you choose.

All wood species show some wood grain. The amount of grain will vary by species and finish. Oak is an open or coarse grain wood. The gain will “telegraph” or visibly show through the stain. Birch and maple are closed or fine grain woods. Some “telegraphing” will occur, though the effect will be subtle.

A glazed finish is a multi step process. First, the wood undergoes the standard staining process. Next, the glaze color is applied and then wiped off so, the glaze remains in any corner or profile of the door or drawer. The glaze detailing may vary from piece to piece, giving each door or drawer face a bit of unique flair, while maintaining the overall feel of the design.

Factory-applied distressing techniques give wood a beautifully aged look. Random wormholes, compressed indentation marks and over sanded corners are distressing elements used to achieve a gently aged fine furniture feel.

End grain surfaces are the grain areas seen when wood is cut Across the growth rings. These areas as well as softer areas of the wood typically accept more stain, and will often appear darker than other harder areas of the wood. Since this is a natural phenomenon when finishing wood products, these possible variances cannot be controlled.

***It is important to understand that Neither Wolf Cabinets nor will be held responsible for a customer’s dissatisfaction with naturally occurring characteristic of wood or wood finishes. By proceeding with the purchase process you,

A)    Acknowledge that the conditions described on this page are not defects, but naturally occurring features.

B)     Verify that you have read, fully understand, and accept these characteristics.