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Glossy vs. Matt Cabinet Finishes: The Pros and Cons

While choosing a glossy or matt finish for your new kitchen cabinets is mostly a matter of design preference, there are practical considerations you should take into account as well. 

Glossy vs. Matt Cabinet Finishes

Natural Lighting 

Natural lighting helps brighten the mood inside your kitchen and gives the illusion of a larger, airier space. If you want to improve indoor natural lighting, high-gloss kitchen cabinets would arguably be a better choice. Their shiny surface reflects light and helps distribute it around your kitchen, reinforcing the illusion of a larger space. In contrast, matt finishes tend to absorb light, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re looking for a more subdued look to your kitchen. 

Here’s a tip: to maximize the distribution of natural sunlight, we recommend choosing a white gloss finish or a pale hue. That’s because pale hues reflect more light than darker colors. 

Maintenance Needs 

Cabinets with a glossy finish are easier to clean than those with a matt finish. However, fingerprints and smudges on a glossy surface are also more noticeable. Since matt finishes absorb light, fingerprints, smudges and marks on a matt surface tend to draw less attention. 

Design Consistency 

Can’t decide between a glossy or matt kitchen cabinet? Here’s a tip: find out if your kitchen has a contemporary or traditional design. Modern, glossy kitchen cabinets are usually found in contemporary kitchens while matt kitchen cabinets are better suited to traditional-style or country-style kitchens. Remember: when it comes to interior design, consistency is key. If you’re having trouble choosing a finish for your new cabinets, don’t hesitate to consult a cabinet refacing contractor. 

Looking for kitchen remodelers near you? 

Long Island Wood Renewal, LLC, a locally owned and operated company, offers a wide range of professional kitchen remodeling services, including cabinet renewal and refacing services. To get a free estimate, call us at (631) 414-7082, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Huntington and Plainview as well as the surrounding communities.