Gloss or matt kitchen units – is this a question you have thought about before?
When it comes to finding the right units for your kitchen there are several things that you need to take into account.
How will the units look in your existing design? Are they durable? Will I need to replace them in a few years time? How do they cope with spills?
These are all things that you need to think about.
We had a look at gloss or matt kitchen units last year however in this blog we are going find out which one works best in a family home. After all, if you have kids or even a pet then this can change the way you think about what units to buy.
Before we get into what units will work best in a family kitchen lets have a look and see what the pros and cons are of each type of kitchen units.
Pros and Cons of Gloss Units
At the Kitchen Warehouse we stock a large variety of gloss units are they are one of the most popular items that we sell.
Gloss kitchen units have several advantages. For one, they are a fantastic way in which to make a room seem bigger. Due to their glossy nature and the fact that they reflect light it means that if you have a small kitchen then you can give the impression that it is bigger than it actually is. This is one of the reasons so many people go for gloss kitchen units although there are a number of different methods you can use to achieve this effect.
Another big advantage of gloss kitchen units is that they are easy to clean. This is particularly important in a family home with children or pets as a quick wipe with a damp cloth is usually enough to get rid of any marks or stains. In fact, gloss units are one of the most practical things to have in a family kitchen for this very reason.
One drawback with gloss kitchen units is that they can mark quite easily. While stains can be wiped away without much effort they tend to show marks and fingerprints a lot more than matt units which we are going to have a look at below.
That being said, gloss units come in a wide range of colours so you will be able to find one to suit your kitchen design.
Pros of gloss kitchen units
- They can make your room feel bigger
- Lots of colours available
- Minor marks are easily cleaned
Cons of gloss kitchen units
- Fingerprints can be more obvious
- Not always scratch resistant
Pros and Cons of Matt Units
Matt units are a little bit different.
They don’t reflect light in the same way gloss units do. So, if you have a smaller kitchen and want to try and make it appear bigger, gloss units would be better for that purpose. This isn’t to say that we don’t have have variety of shades with our matt units here at the Kitchen Warehouse, it is just that they won’t reflect light in the same way the gloss units will.
The big benefit that matt units have is that they are very easy to clean and they are highly durable too which are important things to take into consideration when deciding on gloss or matt kitchen units.
Matt units are also scratch resistant which is great if you have pets or young children. This means that they will keep their new look for longer and marks won’t be as noticeable with these models. Matt units also have a more luxurious feel to them in most cases even if the price is generally the same. That isn’t to say that gloss units look cheap – far from it! – but that matt units tend to give off an impression of luxury.
Pros of matt kitchen units
- Scratch resistant which is great for family homes
- Lots of colours available
- Offer a luxury feel to your kitchen
Cons of matt kitchen units
- Can be harder to clean if they have a textured finish
- Won’t reflect light which might not be suitable for small kitchens
What about Solid Wood?
Before we wrap up and answer the question of this blog post – are gloss or matt kitchen units better? – we should give a mention to solid wood.
Many people opt to have solid wood kitchen cabinets in their homes and we have 3 types available here at the Kitchen Warehouse.
The great thing about solid wood units is that they are highly durable. Their strong make up means that they will last for years and they can be easy to repair as well. They will suffer from scratches a bit more that either gloss or matt kitchen units however some wood filler wax sticks are usually sufficient to fix them up.
Another downside to having these in a family home is that they can be a bit harder to clean. Instead of just taking a soft microfibre cloth like you would with gloss or matt kitchen units, solid wood usually needs a special wood cleaning product to clean them effectively. They can take a bit more work than the other two in this regard.
Finally, solid wood won’t reflect light so if you have a smaller kitchen and want to try and enhance your space then this isn’t a recommended choice in most cases.
Which is better – a gloss or matt kitchen?
If you have a family home then that kitchen units are better for your needs – gloss or matt?
If we were pushed to give you an answer then we would say matt units. They are easily to clean, durable and also don’t show up marks and fingerprints as easily the gloss models. This means that any marks left by pets or fingerprints by kids won’t have the same impact on matt units.
That being said, this isn’t the only thing you need to think about if you are intending on upgrading your family kitchen. If it is a pretty small room and you want to give the impression of more space, gloss units would be better for this. They reflect light and often come in brighter colours so you won’t get this same effect with matt units.
Solid wood has its place however it can be more expensive and requires more maintenance so they generally aren’t suitable for family homes where there are lots of spillages, marks and activity in the kitchen.
If you are planing on upgrading your family home this year then go for matt units. They look great, are easy to clean, fingerprints and marks won’t show as easily and they are an affordable choice as well.
Get in contact with us if you have any more questions about what the best units are for your kitchen and one on our expert team members will be more than happy to help.
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