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Gloss or Matt Kitchen

Gloss or Matt Kitchens

One of the many decisions you will need to make when taking a look at new kitchen styles will be whether you would like it to have a high gloss or matt finish. Both looks come with different advantages, depending on the characteristics you want your kitchen to have.

Which type of kitchen is harder wearing?

This is a question we often get asked here at Kitchen Warehouse, and our answer would be a high gloss kitchen unit.

The reason for this is that when kitchen doors are manufactured, both the high gloss kitchen doors and matt kitchen doors are painted with your chosen shade. However, the high gloss kitchen door goes through an extra process - a high gloss lacquer is applied on top of the colour. This layer is extremely hard wearing and adds a protective coat over the coloured paint.

Do you have a busy household or a young family?

A big advantage of a matt kitchen is that they don’t show fingerprints in the same way as a gloss kitchen. This makes them ideal for a handleless kitchen design. They are a durable option too and require less maintenance than other kitchen types.

High gloss kitchens will show fingerprints far more clearly but are quick and easy to clean. For a busy household or young family, it is advised to sway towards matt when choosing between gloss or matt kitchens.

Matt Or Gloss Kitchens

Reflective Look

It is hard to disagree with the fact that high gloss kitchen doors look stunning. One of the biggest advantages of a high gloss kitchen is that they reflect natural sunlight around the room. So, if you are unsure whether to choose gloss or matt, it is better to preference gloss if you have a naturally darker, north-facing kitchen that gets very little sunlight.

Matt kitchens, on the other hand, are not reflective. The sunlight will hit the surface of your kitchen units and move no further. This makes matt kitchens a much better choice for a south-facing kitchen that is flooded with natural sunlight, reducing the risk of any glare.


This is a big factor to consider when fitting a new kitchen - the look you’re after needs to work in the space you have available.  You should also consider the people in the home, and whether they may face any issues accessing the kitchen or using a matt or high gloss design.


Whether you opt for matt or gloss, remember that the kitchen is often the most expensive room in the home to upgrade. Be realistic with your choices, and make sure you opt for a design you will still be happy within several years’ time.

All of our kitchens are of superb quality and built to last. So, if you are searching for an affordable luxury kitchen, look no further. We offer quality luxury kitchens for much less than if you purchased one on the high street.

You can experience the quality of our kitchens for yourself at our Ripon based kitchen showroom. If you wish to contact us to discuss our range further you can do by calling 01765 640 000 or by emailing [email protected].