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Matt or gloss new kitchen?

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    Registered Users Posts: 210 ✭✭ wexpat girl


    Building new kitchen in new extension. We want a modern kitchen and island. Bamboozled about the gloss v matt finish. I want low maintenance / easy cleaning as have young ( messy) kids. I was all for high gloss for that reason til I heard that it can show up every fingerprint and scratch easily. We want neutral colour like white/ ivory.
    Interested to hear from both experiences.


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  • Building new kitchen in new extension. We want a modern kitchen and island. Bamboozled about the gloss v matt finish. I want low maintenance / easy cleaning as have young ( messy) kids. I was all for high gloss for that reason til I heard that it can show up every fingerprint and scratch easily. We want neutral colour like white/ ivory.
    Interested to hear from both experiences.


    If you are going for white/cream with sirty messy kids its not matt/gloss that will be your biggest issue.

    Used have a huge glass table in the living room - I disn’t realise it until then but I cannot stand greasy fingerprints or a scuffs on glass. If you also have this inner devil either matt or gloss may become a nightmare as grease and fingerprints stand out as bad on both - particularly both matt painted and high gloss features. Wood, I have learned, do not require as much work nor the constant spraying & polishing.

    Tiles do not show up the grub iME and look great when wet or sprayed and hold that look.

    I have some chalk painted units in my bathroom (creamish) and matt coloured walls (not tiles) ( moss greenish) - I tend to be more careful and they get washed down every couple of weeks - the units do not take it too well ( buckling edges after a few years & warped innards) and the walls required re-touching up every now & then as I scrub holes off the plasterboard/paint. Given, I can change the colours which is great but whats underneath is slightly corroding!

    I’d guess there’d also be a lot of washing & stream & boiling in a kitchen? My kitchen walls above the cabinets are greasy despite great ventelation (& its quite a large kitchen) but as my units are wood I’m ok. The stainless steel is a pain to keep nice and shiney and watermark free thou.

    I don’t mind clutter but I do mind looking grubby/shabby. lots of work in that.

    A few neighbours got those fancy plastic type high gloss kitchen units in - very expensive - I was tempted - all have replaced them now - our houses are south facing and despite everything over time the units faded irregularily and cracked around the edges from the extremes of temperature & sun. Favourite colours were green/grey,maroon and cream - the red & creams looked worst first.

    :0

    +1 for wood.




  • I'd be going matte -maybe gloss shows up too much condensation. Ivory an excellent choice too.




  • Regarding durability, it shouldn't matter whether you go for matt or gloss.. Plenty of modern paints out there that will stand up to abuse




  • As my kitchen is dark i went for glossy white cabinets and black shiny tiles on floor.


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