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Why is a Sample Door Important? Reposted from Crystal Cabinet Works

Have you ever ordered something online, and when it arrives, it looks nothing like the picture? My guess is we can all answer that question as, YES!

We all love getting design inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz, but most images online will not be a realistic representation. This is especially true for paint colors and stains on wood. 

We want you to be happy with your cabinet choice for many years to come. To help make that happen, we talk about what to expect when choosing wood and finish, and the importance of a sample door. 



Looking at images of woods and stains shown on our website is a great place to start,

and will give you an idea of color ranges and options available.

However, screens only have the ability to process three colors (red, green, & blue) to portray the image. Because of this, it’s impossible for images on screen to match the actual color.

The image on the right demonstrates just how different colors can appear on a screen compared to a real color chip. Believe it or not, it’s the same Riverwood finish.



Color chips are the perfect design tool to help you narrow down your decision. Because of their size, you can easily bring them with you when choosing other materials and elements for your space.

While the small size offers convenience, it is limiting at the same time. The amount of characteristics and wood variation will be minimal from what you can expect to see on your completed cabinets. Because of this, we do not recommend making a final purchase decision solely based on color chip selection.



Would you buy a car without first taking it for a test drive? Probably not. The same applies to purchasing cabinetry for your home. Cabinets are installed and built-in, becoming part of the architecture, so it’s even more important to know what to expect.

The best way to test drive your cabinet selections, and be comfortable before your final decision, is to view a sample door in the wood, finish and style you are purchasing.


  1. Better represents wood variation.

  2. Better representation of color.

  3. It represents the actual style of your cabinetry.

Plan for ordering a sample door during the design process—you’ll be glad you did!

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