Gloss vs Matt: Which kitchen is best for your home

Are you looking for a new kitchen renovation? If so, then the chances are that you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. There’s a common dilemma for many of us: a matt finish or a gloss finish? In this article, we will help our customers to make a final decision on their best kitchen.

High gloss kitchens

By using high gloss, you can show that your kitchen area looks sleek, clean, and perfectly modern. Not only will gloss kitchens appeal visually, but they are also a practical option that can be enjoyed in your home for years to come.

 Gloss was made popular in small kitchen spaces. Because light is reflected into the space, the kitchen would appear larger and brighter. Additionally, the lighter the colour of the gloss finish, the brighter the room would be.

 The high gloss doors are suitable for large open spaces too. A kitchen design where shiny surfaces are combined with matt always looks more impressive. The latest trend is the combination of high gloss with wooden finishes. 

Take a look at our German-made Hacker kitchen Concept 130 range. The main kitchen colour is light grey in high gloss finish with integrated open shelves and base units in wooden finish. 

One of the gloss’s many advantages is that it’s easy to clean. All you need is a non-abrasive cloth and some water for those common everyday kitchen stains. For more stubborn stains use ordinary household cleaning products with warm water and a mild washing-up liquid or methylated spirit. 

Matt kitchens

Matt finish cabinets absorb all the lighting, giving them a flat but stylish look. Elegant and sophisticated, this type of finish dresses your kitchen in a tailored suit, ready to greet and charm guests in the heart of your home.

Matt kitchens are appreciated for their ability to work with a broad range of different kitchen designs. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional look or something more contemporary, matt kitchens can complement any look.

Matt kitchens are highly effective at hiding initial bumps, scratches and smudges. Are matt kitchens easy to clean? When you clean matt kitchen units and surfaces, the whole process runs the risk of adding further damage by staining them with streaks and permanent smudges, leaving evidence of your efforts.

However, with our German suppliers Hacker and Nobilia it is not a problem. Both brands have got anti-fingerprint doors in matt finish. For instance, Hacker kitchen’s anti-fingerprint surfaces are provided with an innovative varnishing method. This lacquering method ensures quick evaporation of water-based fingerprints. Marks with a high natural oil content may still be visible, but due to the high quality of the lacquer, they can be easily cleaned.    

Gloss vs Matt

Gloss or Matt, that’s the question? Let’s summarize the most important features to take note of when choosing between these two popular kitchen finishes high gloss or matt kitchens.

Both finish types work great in any kitchen style, from the traditional to the contemporary to the minimalist. Timeless in appearance, they both form the basis of visually stunning designs. They’re highly durable and easy to clean. The fingerprint is more dependent on the kitchen colour than on the finish. Dark kitchens usually need more maintenance.

Take into consideration your kitchen size. If it is a small room, then gloss probably will work better. But even then, you can use both finishes to create a stunning design for your new German kitchen. For more inspiration, browse our RECENT PROJECTS. 

This article is just guidelines for our customers. If you are considering buying a new German kitchen or planning to renovate an existing one follow your own taste and preferences. Use the professionals for help to create your dream kitchen. Hampdens German kitchens and bedrooms are the right company for you.


For more inspiration, browse our recent kitchen projects, which were designed, supplied and installed by Hampdens KB.