High gloss kitchens are the ultimate in contemporary kitchen design. They give a stunning, very clean look if planned and fitted in the right way. However, the choice of kitchen door, colour and worktop that you fit will greatly influence the look.
Their are more than one type of gloss finish for a kitchen door. The most common ones on the market are:
Melamine (Also known as a High Pressure Laminate - HPL)
High Gloss Lacquer
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.
If you want a finish that is like glass then you need to go for either acrylic or lacquer.
Acrylic doors are sheets of acrylic fixed to an MDF door. This does give a finish like a piece of glass and does look fabulous. Have a look at this black high gloss kitchen (Starlight in Midnight black high gloss) to see what I mean. 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 but if you are a perfectionist then a lacquer door is probably what you want.
Lacquered kitchen 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 colour undercoat is sprayed with lacquer to give a deep gloss finish. A stunning example of this is the Highline handleless white high gloss kitchen, from Nobilia. It has proved to be our best selling kitchen in 2009 with white being slightly more popular than the cream gloss door.
The common choice is to fit granite worktops, because of the simple nature of the contrast. Black & white works because you can introduce any other colour without any clashing issues. Of course, this is not to say that that any other colours won't work, you just need to plan further ahead with the decor for the rest of the kitchen.
With wood and laminate worktop 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 worktops, colours such as Burnt Amber are fine and the new pastel shades of Corian look stunning on a gloss white surface.
If you are thinking about a high gloss finish in your kitchen consider using the expertise and choice available at Kitchen Solutions Kent. We have over 60 different high gloss kitchens in a wide range of colours, finishes and prices. Our service is free - what have you got to lose?