Selecting the Right Finish for Your Kitchen Cabinets

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If you’re undergoing a kitchen renovation, then choosing the right finish for your new kitchen cabinets will be right up your list. It might sound like an easy enough decision to make at first, but selecting the right finish actually involves a lot of consideration. You need to determine if you need a matte or gloss finish and what colour would go well with your overall kitchen design. The following guide should help you choose the right finish for your kitchen cabinets.

Finish Materials

Whether you have chosen solid wood doors, MD, particleboard, or ply for your kitchen cabinets, the finish will serve as the final touch that will complete the look of your kitchen cabinets. Each type of finish has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on what look and functionality you’re trying to achieve.

For example, solid timber doors can simply be sealed with a coating of oil. But if you want a more durable finish, you can have your timber doors painted with clear or coloured polyurethane. This is the beauty of kitchen cabinets. You aren’t just limited to the look of the material used for the cabinet. You can put whatever finish you desire to achieve the look that you want.

High Gloss Finish

High gloss is by far the most requested finish in most projects because of how good it looks in almost any kitchen design. Homeowners who want a more contemporary look for their kitchen should always go for a high gloss finish for their kitchen cabinets. Having a high gloss finish allows the reflection of light, making your space look and feel more spacious than it actually is. If you have limited space in your kitchen, this gloss would be perfect for making it feel less cramped.

The paler the colour of your cabinet, the more reflection it can give off once you put a high gloss finish on it. However, please bear in mind that this reflective quality will also reflect other colours within the room on those surfaces. So, if you have a lot of colours in your kitchen, they can all be easily reflected on the glossy cabinet surfaces that you have.

Matte Finish

If you opt for a more traditional-style kitchen, then a matte finish will work best with it. Unlike a high gloss finish, the matte finish doesn’t reflect light and will give a more flat look to your cabinets. It adds an heir of simplicity that you won’t find in glossy cabinets.

Having a matte finish on your kitchen cabinet is actually the best way to keep the colours of your kitchen more consistent. However, it does give off a more muted look, and it won’t make the space look bigger than it should be. Please remember that cabinets with a matte finish need extra care when cleaning since the surface isn’t as smooth as those with a glossy exterior.


The debate of whether to go for a glossy or matte finish all depends on your preference and what particular style you’re going for in the kitchen. Both finishes are excellent for just about any kitchen, and it’s all just a matter of taste.

Look Cabinets offers the finest handmade cabinets you’ll ever find on the Sunshine Coast. We take pride in the level of craftsmanship and quality that we provide in every project that we do. Let our kitchen design experts walk you through to make sure you get a functional and beautifully designed kitchen in your home. If you’re looking for a Sunshine Coast cabinet maker with the skill and expertise for any project, Look Cabinets is the one for you. Contact us today to get started!