Whether you are embarking on a new build, decorating a new home, or just feel as though your current property could do with a bit of an update, you have probably started looking into kitchens. This is an exciting step – the kitchen is often the hub of all household activity and the most sociable part of the home, so it is important to get it right. Naturally, there are hundreds of options available, so the more you look around, the harder the choice is bound to become! However, one element that it is always worth paying close attention to is the finish – as this can make all the difference to the feel of the room once each of your units and appliances has been installed.

“High gloss” is a term you may have seen used when looking around for your dream kitchen, and this is the style that we will be looking at here. So what does it mean, and why should you opt for a design that has been finished in this way? Our expert team here at Kitchen Warehouse LTD can explain.

What Is High Gloss?

What Is High Gloss?

Wonder no longer: high gloss is exactly what it sounds like! This finish usually consists of acrylic or lacquer that has been applied to surfaces, then expertly buffed and polished to a high sheen – though laminated options and polished glass can also be used to achieve equally attractive results. The purpose behind the high gloss finish is to create flawless, reflective surfaces across all of your fittings. You can find all kinds of varieties for your kitchen, from high gloss kitchen units to high gloss kitchen doors, high gloss kitchen drawers and much more besides.

Why A High Gloss Kitchen?

Whether or not you decide to opt for a high gloss kitchen will very much depend on the feel you are intending the room to convey. While those who yearn for a cosy, traditional space may be more sensible opting for a matte look, high gloss can make any kitchen look light, airy, expansive and up to the minute.

Because of the range of options available, it is surprisingly easy to create a beautiful high gloss kitchen to suit almost any budget.

Advantages of High Gloss Kitchens

Further positive aspects of a great quality high gloss kitchen include the following:

  1. They are perfect for anyone who loves strong elegant, unbroken lines – particularly if you opt for units and drawers with hidden handles. The reflective sheen of the gloss will enhance the look of all edges and corners.
  2. They are much easier to clean than textured or matte surfaces, as it is far more difficult for dirt, grime and splashed or spilt food to cling to the smooth finish.
  3. There is a wide array of choice available regarding the colour of the finish and the kind of material to which it can be applied, so whatever your kitchen’s colour scheme or the finer details of its decor, there will be something to match within our stunning range.
  4. The surfaces will reflect light, making your space look larger and brighter while also complementing and enhancing your lighting design perfectly.
  5. Longevity. The high gloss finish has been around for years in the world of kitchen design, and it never seems to go out of fashion. If you are planning to create a kitchen that will last for decades, this is the look that will stay fresh throughout that time.

Things to Consider About High Gloss Kitchens

Why A High Gloss Kitchen?

Of course, before you take the leap and invest in a gorgeous new high gloss kitchen, there are a number of things you’ll need to think about.

  1. Budget

Luckily, there are many ways to create a high gloss finish – so whatever you are hoping to spend, you should be able to get something that looks fantastic. Just be sure to spend your money wisely, as going too cheap can mean receiving something of poor quality – just as it can in any other aspect of design.

  1. Design

You need to be sure that your new kitchen will complement the rest of your home’s decor and furnishings, allowing a sense of flow that you, the other members of your household and your guests can enjoy as you enter seamlessly from any other room in the house.

  1. Accessories

As we mentioned earlier, many people prefer high gloss kitchens that are “handleless” or have hidden handles, as adding any superfluous fittings on unit doors and drawers can break up the lovely smooth lines that would otherwise prove delightful with this particular finish. Luckily, we have a fantastic selection of handleless kitchen doors.

  1. Quality

While it is true that a high gloss finish can be achieved using a large number of materials and techniques, you should always make sure that the quality is right. The surfaces and corners need to be sturdy and hard to chip, as any accidental shearing away of the shiny surface will be pretty obvious – since the matte material beneath is likely to show through as a result.

How Do I Get Hold of a Quality High Gloss Kitchen?

We always recommend visiting in person when choosing your dream kitchen, as seeing the units “in the flesh” is often the best way to help you visualise how they will look in your new space. Choose your top five looks online, then make plans to visit each showroom and have a look. Remember: considering too many options can leave you feeling swamped and unable to make a choice – so be brutal and ruthless with your decision making.

Always put together a list of questions to ask about the designs you are interested in, so that your decision will be properly informed. The Kitchen Warehouse LTD showroom is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. You can find it at Hutton Moor Farm in Ripon, North Yorkshire, using the postcode HG4 5LZ.

If you would like any further information about the high gloss kitchens we have available, all you need to do is give us a call on 01765 640000 or email contact@kitchenwarehouseltd.com and our team of specialists will be sure to offer you any assistance you require.