Matte vs Gloss Kitchens

Redesigning your kitchen comes with a lot of different questions. What colour scheme should you choose? Which material worktop will look best? What finish looks best, matte or gloss?

The latter is a question everyone designing a kitchen will face, as choosing between the finishes can be difficult. Both styles come with their own list of benefits and look great against a list of other finishes, and materials, colours. However, choosing the right finishes for your kitchen doesn’t come easy, so we’re here to help. Today, we’re exploring matte vs gloss and the best ways to incorporate both finished into your space with the help of Roccia’s award-winning kitchen design team.

Matte: Where Did the Kitchen Trend Begin, and How Has it Evolved?

The trend of matte kitchen finishes began in the early 2000s, as designers and homeowners started to look for alternative finishes to traditional surfaces. At first, matte finishes were mainly used on kitchen cabinetry, but they have since expanded to include countertops, backsplashes, and even appliances.

The trend has evolved in several ways over the years, for example, by incorporating new materials. New materials such as matte porcelain, concrete, and even leather have recently been introduced as alternatives to traditional matte kitchen finishes. More specifically, matte porcelain tiles are a recent design trend that has taken the world of kitchen design by storm. They come in various colours and are a great way to subtly incorporate this design trend into your kitchen.

Matte brown kitchen design

Why Choose Matte Kitchens?

Matte kitchens come with a great list of advantages, for example:

  • Anti-glare aesthetics as they don’t reflect light.
  • Low maintenance and doesn’t show fingerprints and smudges.
  • Offers a timeless kitchen look and is easy to blend into many different styles as trends change.
  • Scratch-resistant, making them ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens.

However, it’s important to remember that matte kitchens aren’t for everybody. Despite a matte finish being anti-glare, some people wouldn’t see this as an advantage and prefer a finish that reflects light.

How Can I Incorporate Matte into My Kitchen?

At Roccia, we have a wide selection of matte kitchen designs as part of our kitchen showroom in Preston. Here we display some of our favourite luxury kitchen brands that incorporate these finishes into their designs. For example, Jacob and Son’s kitchens present their traditional English designs using matte finishes throughout their fixtures and fittings. Their wooden kitchens are ideal for those who want to embrace matte in their space and also create a kitchen that is homely, cosy, and designed for families.

Jacob and Sons kitchen cupboards

Plenty of kitchen tiles in a matte finish allow you to take on the finish a little more subtly. These tiles can be used throughout your whole room for a bolder look or as a splashback.

Gloss: Where Did the Kitchen Trend Begin, and How Has it Evolved?

The use of high-gloss finishes in kitchen design dates back to the 1980s when sleek and modern looks were in high demand. Initially, high-gloss finishes were popular for their reflective qualities, which helped to make kitchens appear larger and brighter.

In recent years, the trend towards high-gloss kitchens has continued to evolve, with materials and technology making it possible to create even shinier, more durable finishes. In addition, the popularity of high-gloss kitchens has also been driven by an increased focus on minimalism and clean lines, which are well-suited to the smooth, reflective surfaces of high-gloss finishes.

Why Choose Gloss Kitchens?

Gloss kitchens are suitable for many personal styles and look great in various looks. They bring many benefits to a kitchen, for example:

  • Creating a bright a spacious appearance due to their reflective surfaces.
  • Easy to clean and wipe down without trapping dirt.
  • Available in a wide range of colours due to their popularity.
  • Adds value to your home because it’s a desirable finish

Although this would appeal to many, some may avoid choosing gloss finishes because they sometimes show more scuffs and scratches than matte finishes. However, if well-maintained, this shouldn’t be an issue.

How Can I Incorporate Gloss into My Kitchen?

Gloss can be incorporated into a kitchen in several ways. One of the most common is through your cupboards, as high-gloss is a popular choice for these fittings. We offer a range of kitchen brands that provide gloss as a finish option, for example, our Valcucine kitchens.

White gloss valcucine kitchen cabinets

These luxury kitchen designs are ideal for those who like to entertain guests and use their kitchen space for hosting. With stunning high-gloss finishes on the bold white cabinets, you get clean lines, a minimalistic look, and a bright, light space wherever incorporated.

Alternatively, if you’re not feeling brave enough for a full gloss kitchen, you can easily embrace the look by choosing glossy wall tiles. Available in various colours, styles, sizes, and patterns, we offer an extensive range of kitchen tiles to choose from at Roccia, so you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.

If you’re still conflicted between gloss and matte, don’t worry, you don’t have to choose. Many kitchens incorporate both finishes into their designs, so you could go with matte cupboards and gloss tiles or matte tiles and gloss cupboards!

If you’re unsure how this will work in your space, feel free to enquire online, and our award-winning kitchen design team will be more than happy to offer advice and see how Roccia can assist you in creating your dream kitchen.

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