Gloss or matt: which doors are best?
Whether you have just moved house, celebrating a new milestone, or simply fancy a change, transforming your kitchen is a great way to add a sensational new feel to your home. As the old adage goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home until you want it looking and feeling it’s best. Replacing your kitchen doors is a great way to achieve this without breaking the bank; just a single, simple change can add fresh vibes and a whole new feel to the space. There is one question however which needs to be decided first: when selecting your new cabinets do you go for high gloss kitchen door replacement, or a classic, simple matte vibe? To help you make the best decision for your replacement kitchen unit doors, we weigh up the pros and cons below.
High Gloss Kitchens
High gloss kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, and they have a range of factors in their favour:
- Easy To Clean
It may seem counterintuitive, but high gloss kitchens are actually easier to clean than their matte counterparts – and this is thanks to the shiny surface. Though fingerprints and stains can show up more easily, they are also more easily removed with a non-abrasive cloth, and good old fashioned water.
- Open Up The Room
Glossy surfaces also help the room to appear larger, airier and more spacious. Light is reflected into the space, and this helps even small, poky kitchens appear far larger and brighter.
- Range of Colours
The popularity of gloss means that there are now a wide range of colour options to choose from, allowing you to match your cabinets to your interior design. You can also choose from several finishes, including gloss laminate, acrylic, lacquer and glass – the amount of gloss you receive will depend on the material you choose.
As with anything, there are a few downsides to high gloss surfaces:
- Lots of Maintenance
While gloss cabinets are easy to clean, you will have to clean them a lot – they will show up every smudge, smear and fingerprint, so are not the best choice for those who are not fans of cleaning! As a compromise, you can also opt for gloss higher up, out of reach of sticky fingers.
- Higher Price Tag
In most cases, opting for gloss will come with a slightly higher price tag, so make sure that your budget can handle this.
Matt kitchens are another popular option, and these are designed to absorb the light, rather than reflect it back out onto the surface. This offers a more muted, elegant look, which can be perfect for character properties.
- Even Colour
Matt surfaces offer a smooth, even colour, as there is no dependency on light to maintain the shade. There is a clear, consistent colour which is visible no matter the angle you view it from, or the lighting of the room. This can be great for creating a classic traditional and elegant look.
- Hides Imperfections
Matt surfaces are often popular in households with young children. The look of reflected light means that fingerprints, smudges, stains and dirt are much less visible compared with gloss units – this can be an excellent choice if you are not a fan of housework!
- Durable Design
A matte finish is also more durable than it’s gloss counterpart, and the surfaces tend to be scratch-resistant and harder.
- May Not Be Suitable For Small Spaces
Because matte surfaces do not reflect light into the room, they can make tight spaces appear even smaller. A white shade, however, can help counteract this.