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How To Select Door Finishing for Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are an essential part of the kitchen as they are storage spaces that help you keep your kitchen neat and organised. Since the cabinets take up the majority of space in your kitchen, it’s no surprise that the cabinet doors are the most visible design element in your kitchen. So, choose colour schemes and door profiles that will match and complement your kitchen’s style.

First of all, know that there is a difference between what materials and finishings you should use for your dry kitchen and wet kitchen.

FOR DRY KITCHENS

In the dry kitchen where it’s usually only used for simpler meal preparations, there is lower traffic. So, spray paint finishes and veneer materials would be suitable to create a beautiful and elegant kitchen. In terms of spray paint, a gloss finish will give your kitchen an expensive, sophisticated and modern look, while a matte finish looks more subtle, soft and cosy.

High-Gloss

Look & Feel: They have a shiny finish as a result of their reflective surfaces, giving your kitchen a luxurious, sophisticated and contemporary look. Their sleek look works well with clean lines to create perfectly polished lightness and spaciousness.

Best Suited For: Those who favour contemporary-style kitchens with a clean and sleek look.

Pros: Although fingerprints, dirt and stains can be pretty visible, these high-gloss cabinet doors are easy to clean. The reflective quality of the high-gloss cabinet doors also maximises natural light’s effect, making your space feel larger and airier.

Do you want the backsplash to be eye-catching or just blend in? This will determine how you go about it. If your kitchen has patterns in profusion, a simple backsplash may actually stand out more and avoid distraction. On the flip side, if you have a kitchen with a plain design, a bold or delicate backsplash can uplift the overall kitchen vibes.

Matte

Look & Feel: They have a muted finish because they absorb light instead of reflecting it.
Best Suited For: Those who prefer a kitchen with a softer look—subtle reflections, soft edges and soft colours. They’re an excellent choice for kitchen cabinets with either flat or routed fronts because they emphasise the wood grain texture with subtle colour variations.
Pros: Fingerprints, scratches and other imperfections are less noticeable. Unfortunately, they are not as easy to clean due to their textured laminate. In terms of colour, they appear more consistent due to the lack of light reflection.

Oak Veneer 

Look & Feel: They have a natural wood design for a Scandinavian look and feel
Best Suited For: Those who prefer a kitchen with a softer look—subtle reflections, soft edges and soft colours. They’re an excellent choice for kitchen cabinets with either flat or routed fronts because they emphasise the wood grain texture with subtle colour variations.
Pros: Fingerprints, scratches and other imperfections are less noticeable. Unfortunately, they are not as easy to clean due to their textured laminate. In terms of colour, they appear more consistent due to the lack of light reflection.

FOR WET KITCHENS

Meanwhile, in wet kitchens where there is higher traffic and where it can get messy and dirty due to heavy and greasy cooking, it is important to take into consideration the durability of the materials to withstand knocks and scratches. Popular options for cabinet doors in wet kitchens are MFC and glass.

MFC

Look & Feel: MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard) is made of wood chips formed into particleboard and bonded to melamine resin-impregnated paper. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, you can easily increase the aesthetics of the surface and find a look that matches your design style.

Pros: The melamine layer is waterproof, scratch-resistant and easy to clean, making it a great option for wet kitchens.

Glass

Look & Feel: If you are looking for a more natural, high-end look for your kitchen, glass cabinet doors are a good option.

Pros: Glass is a great material for wet kitchens because it is easy to clean and it doesn’t absorb moisture. Additionally, glass doors allow you to display your dishes and cooking utensils, making them a perfect option for a modern kitchen.

In conclusion, take into consideration the overall design and look you want for your kitchen and choose the material and laminate that best fits your kitchen needs.

Are you planning to renovate your kitchen as well? We hope this article helped you gained a better understanding of kitchen cabinet doors.

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