Which finish is right for your kitchen cabinets?

Are you feeling confused about which finish is best for your kitchen cabinets?

There are so many to choose from these days, including gloss, matte, satin and smooth. It’s no wonder you feel overwhelmed about choosing your finish. 

Knowing the look and feel you want for your kitchen, the style of kitchen cabinets you want and the pros and cons of each finish will help you narrow down your choice when it comes to making the final decision.

Let’s look at each finish and the kitchen they suit best.

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Which finish is right for your kitchen?

Gloss finish

Gloss has a high shine and reflects any light coming into a room. If your kitchen is small or dark this could be a good finish for your kitchen cabinets.

Because glossy surfaces bounce light around they can make a room feel more spacious and brighter.

The downside to gloss is that it shows marks and scratches very easily.

If you are planning a handle-free kitchen, you should consider this.

Not the best choice if you have young children or have OCD about cleaning.

Ultra gloss is very similar to gloss but has a more mirror-like finish.

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Matt Finish

Matt is the most popular choice in finishes at the moment. If you like a minimalist or contemporary kitchen then this may be the right finish for your cabinets.

The finish is flat, so it doesn’t reflect much light. When using matt finishes, it is essential to consider your lighting, especially in darker colours. You don’t want your kitchen looking dull.

The benefits of a matt finish are that colours appear more consistent than they do in gloss. Darker colours appear richer and deeper.

The flat finish hides marks and scratches better than gloss, so it is good for young families and handleless kitchens.

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Satin finish

Satin sits between gloss and matt and has a low sheen appearance. If you want some shine without glossiness, satin is an excellent choice for your kitchen cupboards.

It is easy to clean, shows less streaking and marks than gloss, and reflects more light than matt.

Suitable for either contemporary or traditional kitchens.

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Smooth finish

The smooth finish has a luxurious look and feel.  You may find yourself touching it all the time!

It has a softness to it and gives darker colours more depth.

The downside is that it shows finger marks, so it is not the greatest choice if you have little fingers around.

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Textured finish

Some textured finishes have slight sheen to them and others are matt.

The majority of these finishes are a grainy timber-look.  They hide dirty marks and are perfect for anyone who hates having to constantly wipe down their cabinets. Most of us!

They add texture and interest to kitchens. You can mix them with other finishes to create contrast and the textured grain add depth.

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Finger print resistant

Lastly, there is a fingerprint-resistant finish.   Perfect for a minimalist kitchen with no handles.

The finish is ultra matt and has a contemporary and luxurious look.

Although it is a matt finish, it reflects very low levels of light and has more consistency of colour than a gloss finish.

It is resistant to scuff marks and oils and dirt left from hands.

A good finish for cabinets if you want darker colours and handleless.  It is more expensive than some of the other finishes.

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Keep in mind the size of your kitchen, how much natural light it gets, the look you are going for and who lives in your home.

These factors will help you choose the best cabinet finish for your kitchen.

Until next time,

Happy decorating


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