Gloss vs Matte – The Pros and Cons

When it comes to renovating your kitchen or designing an entirely new one, you probably don’t give much thought to the finish your cabinets and benchtops might need until way down the line. However, this one seemingly minor design feature can have a significant impact on your space, so you need to know what each of them offers and the styles of home that they suit best.

Before deciding on a finish, there are many other considerations to make. What type of flooring do you have at home? What colour are your walls painted? Which appliances are in the kitchen and will they suit? Do you want a modern or traditional look? These all have to work together to form a cohesive style, so there’s more to consider than you might first realise.

High Gloss Finish

These modern looking cabinets help to reflect the light in the room, effectively making your kitchen look larger, and they’re a great choice for those who want to increase the feel of their space. However, if you have lots of other colours going on in the same area, then it can reflect them and take away the clean and crisp look they offer.

Gloss vs Matte - The Pros and Cons

The high gloss finish works well with matte flooring – having both gloss cabinets and flooring will compete with each other.

Gloss cabinets are certainly easier to clean than matte as they can be wiped down with a cloth, but they’re also more prone to scratches. You have to be prepared to put in a bit of extra effort to avoid this from happening, so the care level for both is around the same. A high gloss kitchen is usually better suited to modern and contemporary styles of home.

Matte Finish

A matte finish looks flatter and won’t reflect any light, so it better suits traditional looking kitchens. One important bonus is that the colour of these cabinets will usually look more consistent and they’re far better at hiding dirt, fingerprints, and scratches.

Gloss vs Matte - The Pros and Cons

However, because they absorb the light, you can end up with a muted look that doesn’t really pop, so it all depends on your style of kitchen and the look you’re trying to achieve. A matte finish with a textured surface might also be harder to clean, but some prefer the effect that it gives when compared to a plain one.

How Zesta Kitchens Can Help Achieve Your Vision

Once you’ve decided the look that you want to achieve in your kitchen, you’re ready to compare the different cabinets on offer. Here are just a few of the choices for kitchen designs we have at Zesta, with one sure to suit your vision.

  • Qualia – using the famous scratch-resistant lacquer film Senosan, you’ll be able to achieve the finest high gloss known to man;
  • Mondo – a European style look with surfaces including Sublime Teak and Natural Chalet Oak will give your home a traditional feel with these matte finishes;
  • Hampton – a luxurious yet relaxed and traditional kitchen with matt finishes, creating a pure classic yet sophisticated look;

If you’re after inspiration or ideas on how to achieve your dream kitchen, the team at Zesta Kitchens are here to help. Contact us today on 1300 100 555 or if you know what finish you like and ready for a kitchen then book a kitchen design so we can design a kitchen for your space.


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