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The New Definition of Luxury: Quality Materials at the Heart of Luxury Lifestyle

Jan 14, 2016

Certain materials have long-standing value in the hall of luxury goods and furnishings. Think crystal, gold leaf, silk. But as the definition of luxury has evolved to meet current consumer behavior, emerging theory holds that there is no longer room or desire for a throwaway mentality in the luxury consumer mindset. Homeowners are choosing the longer-term investment in their homes and interiors, especially when it comes to weighing the benefit of quality materials that will stand the test of time.

Wood-Mode, America’s leader in fine custom cabinetry,has long held material selection and quality manufacturing as defining hallmarks of what constitutes luxury. Specifying and selecting only the finest raw materials, and crafting them with obsessive attention to detail, Wood-Mode has been manufacturing cabinetry for decades. The Pennsylvania-based company prides itself on craftsmanship and hand-made quality custom work, using only the best resources and fabrication techniques for its wide array of products. From solid woods to specialty veneers to laminates, the process starts with sophisticated luxury materials.

Walnut, a time honored wood species in furniture and cabinetry, is one such material and joins the extensive list of Wood-Mode custom cabinetry options. Homeowners and designers can now opt for walnut in a variety of door styles and choose finishes designed to bring out the best aesthetic possible with this species.

“This hardwood surpasses cherry and maple in terms of luxury,” said John Troxell, Wood-Mode director of design. “We have offered walnut as a premium option in our cabinetry for years but have never before incorporated this broad of an offering.”

An Unmistakable Hardwood
Walnut is a straight-grained hardwood. Strong and stable, it can be found in a variety of applications,and is often used for upscale furniture and decorative pieces as it can withstand a high level of carving and manipulation. Coveted for its rich graining, the species is instantly recognizable for its classic elegance and array of colors, ranging from dark brown to yellow depending on its location in the trunk of the tree. Its variation in pattern knots offer designers and homeowners a unique and unmistakable product and the opportunity to create an equally unique kitchen, butler’s pantry, office or showpiece bath.


A prime example of the luxury and elegance accomplished through walnut is the Wood-Mode Toulon door style. The classic mitered frame construction features dramatic beveled interior profiles and gives striking elegance to both the raised and recessed center panels. A raised panel contour provides a graceful counterpoint to the frame while both the raised and recessed panel versions move easily between transitional and traditional environments.

While available in cherry, maple, oak and quarter sawn oak, Toulon comes to life in walnut. Exuding heritage and tradition, walnut allows craftsmen to apply an aged look tonew cabinetry.

New Walnut Finishes

As a completely custom operation, Wood-Mode offersa wide variety of colors and finishes. The following colors pair especially well with walnut, each creating a distinct design style:

Winter Sky (Matte): This matte finish gains additional character when paired with walnut. The color plays off the natural graining of the wood, giving a slight blue or purple undertone. The gray stain over it accentuates the natural variety and pattern to the walnut grain, providing a softness and intricacy to the wood.

Twilight (Matte):This matte finish somewhat masks the graining and look of walnut, giving more subtle character to the grain and some dimension through its ticking pattern.

Potomac (Burnished): This burnished finish celebrates the diverse look gained through the natural graining of the wood. The resulting patina gives it a slight look of high polished teak.  

About Wood-Mode, Inc.

Wood-Mode, Inc., founded in 1942, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry for kitchens, baths and other rooms throughout the home. The company is proud to note that its 70+ years in business have all been family owned and operated and is a complete Made in America operation. Its products are marketed through a network of over 600 independent dealers located throughout the United States and Canada.

Media Contacts:     
Amanda Eden                                                 Jeff Wolfe
Stoner Bunting                                               Wood-Mode
Phone: 717.291.1491                                    Phone: 570.374.2711              

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