Matte or Gloss Kitchen, Which One, Pros and Cons, the Answer
Whether you’re simply looking at upgrading your cabinets or totally remodeling your whole kitchen, one of the important things to consider is the finish of your beautiful new cabinetry. Should you choose matte or gloss?
Both could be perfect as the beautiful heart of your home and much of the decision will depend on you and your personal preferences. So, in this article, we are going to look at whether a gloss kitchen or a matte kitchen could be the perfect choice for your design and needs.
Let’s start by looking at the short answer, and then we’ll dive into the details and reasons why.
Should I choose matte or gloss for my kitchen? Choosing a finish for your kitchen is, of course, a matter of personal taste. Each style has many benefits. The gloss gives a lustrous, contemporary look and makes the most of natural light, while Matte finishes are elegant and understated, while also being available in a larger selection of colors.
Now we’ve seen the brief answer as to whether you should go for a sleek, reflective glossy finish, or a more subtle matte finish, let’s start by taking a more in-depth at gloss. We will look at important considerations, such as whether it’s easy to clean if it blends well with other styles and how to gloss cabinet and other finishes, work with the light in your home.
Gloss works really well in contemporary and modern designs and has been a really popular choice for kitchen cabinetry and other kitchen accessories since the 1970s, now enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
If you are looking for sophisticated beauty, gloss surfaces offer a sleek lustrous finish for your kitchen.
A well-designed gloss kitchen can look elegant and truly spectacular, giving a real hit of style and contemporary style.
- Metallic finishes
What Kind of Gloss Finishes Are Available?
Understanding the different gloss materials.
A stunning high gloss finish can be achieved with a number of different materials, there are a number of finishes available, including:
- Gloss laminate
- Gloss glass
- Gloss acrylic
Don’t forget to get in touch with one of our friendly, expert kitchen designers and we will help you decide which gloss finish would work perfectly in your home
“Don’t forget to get in touch with one of our friendly, expert kitchen designers and we will help you decide which gloss finish would work perfectly in your home”.
More Light in a Gloss Kitchen
If you are looking to maximize space, a gloss kitchen could be perfect. The shiny surface of the gloss finish bounces and reflects light, creating the illusion of more space. This is especially useful in smaller kitchens, or if you would like your kitchen to feel larger.
White, cream and lighter finishes especially give this spacious look to your space, but black gloss also reflects light, giving an almost ‘mirror’ effect. A black gloss kitchen still retains the depth and spacious feel you would associate with gloss.
Easy to Clean
While imperfections and finger marks can show up on gloss surfaces quite easily, they do have the advantages of being very easy to clean. It’s useful to understand that when you decide on high-quality gloss finishes the imperfections are much less noticeable.
Handleless cabinetry can look beautifully stylish, as well as minimizing the finger marks which could spoil the look of your gorgeous gloss finish cabinets and kitchen accessories.
“While imperfections and finger marks can show up on gloss surfaces quite easily, they do have the advantages of being very easy to clean”.
Is Handleless Best for Gloss Kitchens?
If you have your heart set on high gloss but aren’t looking forward to having a cleaning cloth constantly in your hand, handleless cabinets may be a good option.
Kitchen cupboards and cabinets with handles can attract dirt and smudges easily, simply because people will be touching them. And the fact that this all accumulates in the most awkward place – around the handles – it can make cleaning a pain.
If you choose a handleless kitchen, you’ll be touching the actual surface a lot less because you open it from the curved edge. They can also be nudged shut with means fingers don’t have as much opportunity to leave marks! The stunning handleless kitchen in gloss below shows exactly what could be achieved in your home.
“If you have your heart set on high gloss but aren’t looking forward to having a cleaning cloth constantly in your hand, handleless cabinets may be a good option.”
Now we’ve looked at some of the features and benefits of how a gloss kitchen is able to bring beauty to your kitchen remodel, let’s take a look at how a more subtle matte finish brings style and elegance to your cooking and dining space.
Unlike contemporary high gloss, matte kitchens do not reflect light. However, this lends itself to a stylish, country-style or ‘flat’ finish.
This kind of look works well and really enhances traditional designs, such as shaker style, through to all kinds of vintage country-style properties. The simplicity of a matt finish creates a warmer feel than its sleek high gloss contemporaries.
Matte finishes differing appearance from the gloss kitchen because the matte surface, absorbs rather than reflecting light, giving muted rather than shiny appearance.
“The simplicity of a matt finish creates a warmer feel than its sleek high gloss contemporaries”.
What Kinds of Matte Finishes Are There?
If you do decide the natural look of matte kitchen cabinetry is perfect for you, your next step is to decide on the type of material you prefer the construction of your kitchen cupboards to be made with.
Matte kitchens are often available in…
- Matte laminate
- Matte lacquer
- Matte glass
- Matte satin lacquer
This will depend on whether you are looking for a smooth finish or a textured finish. Textured surfaces can look absolutely stunning in any kitchen, but it’s worth noting that these can be more prone to picking up dirt and dust, so it may require cleaning more often.
Elegant and Luxurious Matte Finishes
Matte kitchens have an understated and elegant appearance. This can make it perfect for a beautiful minimalist kitchen. The color looks solid from all angles which means your kitchen always has a smooth look, no matter the time of day. With some gloss kitchens, different lighting can dramatically change the look while matte kitchens will retain their style in almost any scenario.
Broader Variety of Colors
Due to the nature of matte surfaces, they are available in a broader variety of colors than gloss kitchens. This makes it easier for you to mix two colors together and can work really well if you have a very specific color palette in mind. Given matte’s subtlety and more muted appearance, it also tends to blend very well with other materials and surfaces.
Some homeowners who initially prefer the idea of gloss, find out that they can get exactly what they are looking for with matte, rather than having to compromise. In general, matte finishes work with a wider range of properties and may be more naturally suited to the aesthetic of your home. In the example below, the dark matte surfaces sit perfectly alongside the wooden cabinets and worktop.
Hides Imperfections with Matte
Like gloss surfaces, matte kitchens are easy to clean but they do come with the added benefit that they are much better hiding imperfections.
Matte kitchens do have the benefit of being highly scratch resistant. This means it’s far less noticeable when there are fingerprint marks or smudges left on the surface of your cupboards or drawers.
This means Matte finish kitchens could be a perfect choice if you have a busy dining and kitchen area, with perhaps children and pets.
This also means that you may get more life out of your Matte kitchen surfaces are also more likely may remain in excellent condition for a long time.
Best Combined With Other Features
Whereas gloss cabinets and surfaces draw the attention and are visually striking on their own, matte surfaces have a naturally muted appearance.
That’s not to say that matte kitchens are boring, but rather than they work perfectly as a stunning backdrop, complementing bolder feature pieces in your kitchen.
When you consider this alongside the fact that matte is available in a huge range of colors and materials, it shows that these kinds of kitchens could be seen as more versatile.
This could lend itself to choosing a combination of different colors to allow the kitchen to stand out – for example, you could opt for a more dramatic backsplash to sit next to the matte finish, as in the stunning kitchen below.
Making sure you work with expert craftsmen, designers, and high-quality suppliers will make sure your Matte or Gloss kitchen retains its beauty for years to come.
We hope you have enjoyed our article, and it has helped you to look at the features and benefits of choosing a gloss or Matte finish to complete your dream kitchen project.
If you need any help in your design plans or simply would like to talk through your options. Get in touch with us here at Singer and we’ll help you make your kitchen dreams a reality.
“Making sure you work with expert craftsmen, designers, and high-quality suppliers will make sure your Matte or Gloss kitchen retains its beauty for years to come”.