Upgrading your kitchen is a big decision. In fact, to be exact, it’s a series of big decisions. You need to consider the style, the layout and the overall look that you are trying to achieve for your kitchen. Of the many things you need to think about, you need to choose your cabinets. So, what are the best: matt kitchens or gloss kitchens?

Gloss kitchens: ideal for contemporary style

The cabinet finish you pick in your kitchen has a massive impact on the look and the feel of the overall space. Of course, these days, you are spoilt for choice. However, more and more people are choosing to go with gloss kitchens.

High gloss cabinets have become increasingly popular. Two of the main reasons for this are the fact that gloss kitchens are ideal if you want a contemporary feel for the busiest room in the home. Secondly, gloss cabinets have a simply stunning visual appearance.

So, what are the pros and cons to gloss kitchens?

Pros of gloss kitchens

We’ll start with the look and style. With gloss kitchens it’s all about the contemporary feel that is created. Most people like a kitchen that looks ultra-modern. Put simply, if you want a kitchen that looks of the moment and the future, gloss cabinets are the way forward.

As well as the modern luxurious feel that gloss kitchens offer, the most obvious advantage that gloss cabinets give you is to do with space. Gloss reflects light and this makes the kitchen feel bigger and brighter. Obviously, if your kitchen is on the small side, this light reflection is particularly beneficial. However, it’s not the only bonus that gloss cabinets give you regarding light and space. Darker colours reflect rather than absorb light.

Gloss = easy cleaning

When it comes to cleaning, gloss kitchens have plus points too. Essentially, cleaning gloss cabinets is a breeze. Firstly, cabinets are waterproof, so there’s no need for any special treatments on them. You’ll find that marks and stains wipe off with ease. All that’s needed is an everyday damp non-scratch cloth.

Gloss = frequent cleaning

Of course, nothing is ever absolutely the perfect choice for absolutely everybody. Ultimately, choosing between gloss kitchens or any other style is a matter of personal preference. However, just as there are real pros to choosing gloss kitchens, there are a few cons that you should bear in mind too.

We mentioned the advantages that light reflection brings with gloss cabinets. However, it’s not all good news. Although gloss creates a feeling of space that makes up for any disadvantages, the light reflection presents some issues too. Dirt, scratches and fingerprints are more noticeable on high gloss cabinets than they are with semi-gloss or matt.

This means more cleaning, especially with darker tones. And, herein lies another problem. Cleaning gloss is easy, but it needs to be done more frequently to wipe away the smears and marks that accumulate on the surfaces of the cabinets. For this reason, some people opt for gloss on higher cabinets, especially if there are kids in the home. This keeps those mucky fingerprints out of reach.

Last but not least when it comes to the pros is the price. Outstanding quality and a look of luxury doesn’t come cheap. High gloss certainly isn’t the cheapest price option when it comes to kitchen cabinets. However, it rarely disappoints.

The Verdict

As with anything to do with kitchens, in the end all the decisions and choices you have to make are down to you. There is no right or wrong, just as long as you make the right decision for you and your specific needs.

What is vital is that you make informed decisions. That’s why it is important to understand what the pros and cons are.

If you want a classic, traditional look for your kitchen then, if we’re honest, gloss kitchens are unlikely to be the best choice. However, if you want a modern look then gloss is the obvious choice.

For an ultra-contemporary feel in your kitchen, you might be prepared to put up with the frequent cleaning that gloss requires.

The choice is years but if you need some help deciding, get in touch and talk to the experts.