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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.