Your New Kitchen: The Advantages of Gloss and Matt
By Mike James
Are you looking into having a new kitchen installed? Whether it is the first time you have ever thought about what kind of kitchen you might like or if you have been through the process before, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of options available. Indeed people can often come unstuck at one of the base decisions of kitchen design: whether to choose gloss or matt.
This is something you really need to think about closely, as getting it wrong can leave you with a kitchen that you don’t really like or doesn’t suit your property at all. It is natural, then that you would want to gather as much information as possible before making your decision.
If you would like to learn more about the different options that are available, take a look at Classic Interiors, they specialise in kitchen design and installation with over 30 years of experience. One of the issues that always comes up initially is not gloss or matt, but a more fundamental decision. However, this decision can make a difference on whether gloss or matt is suitable.
The inevitable question: modern or traditional?
There is one fundamental choice that every new kitchen purchaser has to make before any other – will they opt for a modern or traditional style? This will entirely come down to personal preference as well as what fits with your property, but making this decision can lead you down a path that leads to either a gloss or matt finish.
In general terms, gloss works best in modern kitchens, while matt is more commonly associated with traditional designs. However, this is not always the case, so aware that if you have always preferred the idea of a modern kitchen, it doesn’t mean that you can’t choose a matt finish option.
It can be important, then, to understand the benefits and drawbacks to both gloss and matt finishes before you make your decision on what you want to buy. Here we will focus on the advantages of the two in order to help you make an informed decision on what type of kitchen might be best for your home.
The advantages of gloss kitchens
- An airy feel – one of the main attractions to gloss kitchens is that they reflect light and can make your kitchen lighter and brighter therefore give it a large and airy feel.
- Ideal for smaller kitchens – the shiny nature of gloss can help to give your kitchen a feeling of being larger than it actually is. This can be fantastic if you are working with a kitchen in a relatively small space.
- Easy to clean – you have to consider the practicalities of the kitchen you are choosing, and therefore it is good to know that gloss kitchens are usually very easy to clean. Non-scratch microfiber cloths can be used to wipe down gloss surfaces and remove dust particles and marks.
- Looks beautiful with accent colours – of course one of the reasons that people choose gloss kitchens is that they are absolutely stunning. One brilliant way to get a wonderful effect is to pair light gloss kitchens with accent colours, the glossy surface will bounce colours off and provide an impressive aesthetic.
The advantages of matt kitchens
- Marks are not visible – while gloss kitchens can be easy to clean, there is no doubt that they pick up marks such as fingerprints very easily. This is not the case for matt kitchens at all – any kind of visual imperfection is masked well by a matt surface.
- Understated elegance – unlike gloss, matt surfaces do not reflect this light. This means that matt kitchens typically have a more understated and refined aesthetic than their gloss counterparts. If you have a kitchen with multiple colours, these will not reflected in the surface.
- Textural difference – many countertops have a gloss finish, so it can look fantastic to have a slight textural difference in the kitchen with a matt finish to the cabinets.
- Work in a broader variety of colours – due to the nature of gloss, it tends to work best in lighter and more neutral colours. If you are interested in choosing between a broader variety of colours, it could be best for you to opt for a matt kitchen.