High Gloss Kitchens have been in style since the turn of the century. They reflect light and when used in a sleek design can make a small room seem much larger. They’re easy to clean and, if maintained as per instructions, they can last the test of time.
If you’re considering a gloss kitchen it’s important to know the options available in the marketplace. There are a number of options and your choice will impact how long your kitchen lasts and how it performs in your home.
Below you’ll find a summary of the pros and cons of the different options…
Option 1: Vinyl Wrapped or Foil Wrapped Doors
The door is either comprised of MDF (medium density fibreboard) or MFC (melamine faced chipboard) and covered in a thin layer of gloss wrap. In lay-mans terms it’s almost like putting contact on your schoolbooks!
This is generally the option sold by Ikea/Homebase/Argos/Cash & Carry when it comes to gloss kitchens.
* Cheapest option
* Doors are available in almost any size – flexible
* Curved door options are available – as are frames (even though this designer is not a fan of either!)
* Will peel in time – dependant on usage & care taken by owner – estimated life span of 5-7 years.
* Will generally be rounded at edges – so doesn’t yield a sharp modern look like other options
* If you view the door at light you will see ripples in the finish – what is known as “orange peel effect”
Example of Orange Peel Effect:
Option 2: Painted High Gloss
Door comprised of MDF or MFC with several layers of high gloss paint and finished with a layer of clear lacquer. This style of door is the mid-range price option. It is generally factory produced, often abroad, and off standard size options are usually not possible.
* Robust finish
* Reflective – without orange peel effect
* Mid price range
* Edges on doors are not visible – seemless paint finish from front to sides of door
* Square edged to yield sharper designs
* Curved doors are available
* Usually less flexible for the kitchen designer – off standard size options are not possible.
* Lacquered finishes are more susceptible to scratching when in everyday use.
Option 3: Acrylic Gloss Doors
The door is generally made of MDF. There is a layer of paint applied to the MDF and the door is finished with a bonded layer of plastic.
Edges of the doors can be either matching or 3D Metallic.
* Off standard door sizes are possible – so flexibility of design is excellent
* Curved doors or frames are generally not available
* The colour options are discreet and tasteful as these are the latest gloss options on the market.
* 3D Metallic edging adds another feature to the design of the kitchen.
* Finish is usually superb – highly reflective mirror-like finish
* Very robust & easy to maintain
* There is generally a visible line between the edge of the door and the door on the matching edge options
3D Edging on Acrylic Gloss Door:
Option 4: Glass Kitchens Doors
A new trend hitting the market is the glass kitchen door. Toughened glass with the back painted in the desired colour is bonded to either MFC or MDF.
* Flawless Finish
* Highly reflective
* Very expensive
* Less flexibility with door sizes – weight become a factor with hinges.
Red Vinyl Door with Curved Corners & Acrylic Door with Straight Corners:
General points to note when it comes to your modern kitchen:
* Go to an expert for your design – there is nothing worse than a gloss kitchen designed in the classical style. It must be modern. Look at previous jobs installed by your expert.
* Unsure as to your pallette? – trends point to neutral colours.
* Consider mixing it up with Woodgrains or Matt accents
* If you’re choosing dark colours bear in mind that finger prints are more evident – particularly on wall units where light reflects more.