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Modern approaches to a gloss kitchen
Luke runs us through some of his favourites
Luke Arthur Wells
written on: 16-08-2019 10:00am
Are you pro or against a gloss kitchen? While there's a huge market for both, it's gloss that seems to divide opinion more fiercely, with some adoring the sleek finish, while others looking for a more matt, homely feel. For me, gloss finishes aren't always my go to – in the Instagram-influenced world of interiors, gloss finishes just give back a little too much light which make it difficult to take a picture of, they can often be much worse for showing up fingerprints and don't deliver that same deep, tactile, I want to reach out and touch it feeling that matte surfaces do.
However, that's not to say that I don't think gloss textures have a place in a modern kitchen design scheme – here's some of my favourite ways on KBB Ark that gloss has been used to enhance the design of a kitchen.
Mix and match
This luxurious look from Porcelanosa is all about mixed materials, relying on a mix of finishes to create interest. With dark, matte wood and stone used for the island is undoubtedly the star of the show, but by pairing with gloss back cabinets, an extra emphasis is placed on these materials, standing out not just through colour, but also in a striking shift in the material styles and what they represent, helping to strike the balance between these sometimes traditional materials and a really contemporary space.
Create a luxe look
While this strongly-patterned Dekton surface would look luxurious even in a matte finish, there's something about a glossy, polished stone surface that doubles down on a opulent feel. Teamed with super matte cabinetry, the reflection on the Stonika worktop gives a sense of depth to the design that might otherwise lack.
On the complete other side of the scale, some rough, industrial finishes also come in a gloss look. Poured concrete floors, for example, can be polished up beautifully for a more durable finish that also bounces light around the room.
While metal-inspired finishes are often glossy surfaces, they offer something very different to a normal gloss finished cabinet. From super reflective mirror-style materials to semi-gloss, the nature and colour of the metal all changes its visual meaning, creating the effect of everything from industrial to high-end depending on the finish you choose.
Luke is an interior designer, stylist and blogger at www.lukearthurwells.com. He’s a believer in understated interiors that don’t have to shout to be heard, and he’s currently practicing what he preaches renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, where he lives with his partner and two pampered pups. When it comes to his design style, he loves new and interesting building materials, a carefully chosen white paint and he also has a weakness for coffee table books and a fresh bunch of eucalyptus.