Gloss White Kitchens – Knowing Your Door Finish

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The Gloss White Kitchen is perhaps the ultimate in contemporary kitchen design. They give a very clean look that can look stunning, if planned and fitted in the right way. However, the choice of door that you use and worktop that you fit will greatly influence the look, so do your homework when you choose your door and retailer.

The different types of Gloss White Kitchens?

They are more than one type of gloss finish for a kitchen door. The most common ones on the market are (in order of lowest cost first):

1. Melamine (Also known as a High Pressure Laminate – HPL)

2. Vinyl (PVC)

3. Acrylic

4. High Gloss Lacquer

Which is the best? Well, as with most things in life this depends on your budget and expectations. Generally the more glossy the finish the higher the cost. Most doors on the market are either Melamine or PVC.

Melamine is the lowest cost type of door and as a result is the least glossy. PVC is probably the most common on the market at the moment and has the main benefit of being able to 'wrap' around the door giving a seamless finish ie the door does not need to be edged.

If you want a finish that is like glass then you need to go for either acrylic or lacquer.

Acrylic doors are literal sheets of acrylic (sometimes known as Perspex) fixed to an MDF door. This does give a finish like a piece of glass and does look fabulous. Naturally the price of these doors will be more than PVC, but the finish is noticeably better. One downside of this type of door is that it has to be edged on all four sides. Most people do not mind (or even notice!) But if you are a perfectionist then a lacquer door is probably what you want.

Lacquered doors create a finish that is close to glass, by painting MDF doors very much in the same way that a car is painted: A color undercoat finished with a lacquer to give a deep gloss finish


The common choice is to fit black granite worktops, because of the simple nature of the contrast. Black & white works because you can introduce any other color without any clashing issues. Of course, this is not to say that that any other colors will not work, you just need to plan further ahead with the decor for the rest of the kitchen.

With wood and laminate finishes, current trends at the minute are to have a dark walnut or Wenge finish tops. With laminates bamboo style finished are becoming more popular as well.

As for Corian, the very dark colors are not recommended for kitchens as they show up scratches quite clearly, but the mixed colors such as Burnt Amber are fine and the new pastel shades of Corian would look stunning on a gloss white surface.

Which one you choose is, of course, up to you.

Source by John Mapother

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