Gloss Kitchens – The Pros and Cons

Rustic Kitchen Table

Gloss kitchens are synonymous with modern-style homes and sleek interiors. They give a streamlined, cool and contemporary look.

Gloss white and Dark grey kitchen with open plan living space

That being said, there are benefits and downfalls to having a gloss kitchen, and just like I did with Shaker-style kitchens in my last post, I’m going to share the pros and cons with you. Now. Here. In this blog post.


As I touched upon above, the gloss kitchen (whatever the colour) gives the kitchen a sleek and modern feel. You can get many different colours in gloss finishes, and there are various types of ways to create a gloss door.

Dark modern kitchen with timber accent

These manufacturing differences create different quality finishes. Painted and lacquered doors often give a higher gloss and depth of colour compared to a PVC wrapped door. Make sure to ask your designer what type of gloss finish is on their doors.

A gloss finish on a kitchen helps any light that hits it to bounce off it. This helps create a lighter and brighter space, creating the illusion of a larger kitchen.

Gloss doors are easier to wipe down. You should still always take extra care in cleaning your kitchen, regardless of whether you have a matt or gloss finish door. Harsh chemicals are never needed in order to wipe down your kitchen and every manufacturer I’ve worked with has said that they must not be used on their product. But, the good news is, gloss doors are easier to wipe down and buff to a shiny finish!


GLoss white kitchen with open & spacious living space.

As with my Shaker kitchens post, there is one main con that stands out with gloss kitchens.


High gloss surfaces, just like your phone and computer screens, seem to be a magnet for smudgy fingerprints! This is definitely something to consider when choosing your kitchen style. Fingerprints are a lot more noticeable on gloss kitchens and if you really don’t want to be spending all your time wiping sticky smudges off your kitchen, then maybe think about another option!

Kitchens with matt finishes are more forgiving when it comes to fingerprints and grease marks.

Have you always wanted a gloss kitchen? Would you go for a light or dark colour? Let me know in the comments below!


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