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A range of finishes available to John Willox Kitchen Design

From Glossy Glamour to Wooden Warmth: Navigating Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

When embarking on a kitchen renovation or new build, selecting the perfect finish for your cabinets can be a daunting task. The finish you choose not only affects the aesthetics but also influences the overall ambience of your kitchen space. Glossy surfaces offer a modern and luxurious feel, while matte finishes create a sense of subtle elegance. On the other hand, wood finishes bring warmth and character to the kitchen. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Let’s delve deeper into the options available.

Choosing the Right Finish for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Glossy Kitchen Cabinets

Gloss kitchen cabinets are synonymous with modernity and sophistication. The smooth, reflective surfaces of gloss cabinets not only add a touch of luxury but also make the space appear brighter and more spacious. If you have a smaller kitchen, opting for gloss cabinets can help in maximising the available space by reflecting light effectively. Additionally, gloss cabinets are available in a wide range of colours, allowing you to personalise your kitchen according to your taste and style preferences.

White Gloss Open Plan Kitchen by John Willox Kitchen Design
Matte Kitchen Cabinets

In contrast to glossy cabinets, matte finishes offer a more understated and serene look to the kitchen. The absence of shine and deep reflections creates a sense of refined luxury, making matte cabinets an ideal choice for those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic. Matte finishes are also known for their durability and resistance to fingerprints and marks, making them a practical option for busy kitchens. If you’re torn between the high gloss and matte finishes, consider satin lacquer kitchen doors which offer a balance between the two, reflecting light without creating glare.

Island, prep area, open plan kitchen to livingroom space. Breathtaking Blue Kitchen by John Willox Kitchen Design
Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

For those seeking a timeless and classic appeal, wooden kitchen cabinets are the perfect choice. Available in a variety of tones, textures, and grains, wood finishes add warmth and character to the kitchen space. Whether you opt for real wood cabinets or wood-effect laminates, these finishes create a cosy and inviting atmosphere. Real wood kitchens exude a sense of luxury and opulence, while wood-effect laminates offer a cost-effective alternative without compromising on style.

L-shaped Modern Navy Shaker Kitchen with marble effect breakfast bar. Designed by John Willox Kitchen.

Combining Finishes

One of the advantages of modern kitchen design is the ability to combine different finishes to create a unique and personalised look. You can mix gloss cabinets with wooden accents or pair matte finishes with glossy countertops for a striking contrast. Experimenting with various finishes allows you to tailor the design according to your individual taste and preferences.


California Beach Vibes. White and Oak Effect Kitchen. Designed by John Willox Kitchen Design.

How to choose the best finish for my kitchen cabinets?

When choosing the best finish for your kitchen cabinets, consider factors such as the overall style of your home, the amount of natural light in the kitchen, and your personal design preferences. Whether you opt for glossy, matte, or wooden finishes, ensure that the chosen finish not only enhances the aesthetics but also meets your practical requirements for durability and functionality. By carefully considering these factors, you can create a kitchen space that is both visually appealing and functional, tailored to your unique lifestyle.


If you’re looking to transform your kitchen, we’d love to bring your vision to life.
Visit our showroom in Ellon or call the design team on 01358 722640.

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