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Advantages of high gloss kitchen cabinets

If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, keep in mind that your cabinet finish can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your space. Over the past few years, high-gloss cabinets have become very popular due to their dramatic visual appeal.

The cabinet finish you choose can create a vividly different look, regardless of the cabinet material you pick. Read on to learn more about the advantages of choosing a glossy finish when upgrading your kitchen cabinetry.  

Advantages of High Gloss Kitchen Cabinets

High-gloss, flat-front cabinets are an impressive addition to modern kitchen renovations and are better suited for contemporary-style kitchens rather than traditional ones. Plus, glossy cabinets reflect light effectively and make a room feel brighter and larger. This could work great for small spaces!

Luxury real estate agent Tony Mariotti from Los Angeles confirms their effectiveness, stating, "I've observed Hollywood Hills homes that have been completely transformed with high gloss cabinets, significantly enhancing the appeal of their kitchens."

High gloss cabinets are popular in European countries and is considered the cutting-edge of kitchen design. For those looking for some international flair in their kitchens, high-gloss is the way to go.

Impact on Space and Light

High gloss cabinets are natural reflectors of light, giving the illusion of an expanded kitchen space. This feature is especially appealing for small or narrow kitchens. The light reflection enhances the vibrancy of the kitchen, even when natural light is at a premium.

The choice of color is pivotal in influencing light reflection. For instance, our Catalina Grigio-Gloss, sporting a smoky gloss grey, blends modern beauty with a sophisticated appeal, subtly uplifting the kitchen’s visual aesthetic.

High gloss cabinets also make the kitchen feel bigger, simply because of the glossy finish. The smooth, seamless look enhances the space, making it more open and airy.

Cleanliness and Durability

Glossy surfaces have both aesthetic and practical benefits. The cabinets' smooth surface makes cleaning easy. Refer to our cabinet care guidelines for proper maintenance of your glossy cabinets. Additionally, the waterproof finish makes them well-suited for the varying humidity and temperature conditions of a kitchen.

Many high gloss finishes, like our Catalina Bianco-Gloss, boast of scratch-resistant properties, adding to the durability and longevity of your kitchen cabinets.

Modern Aesthetic

High gloss cabinets are popular in contemporary kitchen design due to their modern and sleek appearance. Their stylish appearance, paired with vast customization options, allows homeowners to achieve a personalized and sophisticated kitchen décor.

High gloss also lends a luxurious and upscale feel and is associated with high-end design.

Moreover, these cabinets seamlessly complement other kitchen elements such as quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and even wooden fixtures, enhancing the overall design cohesion. You can visualize your dream kitchen with our kitchen visualizer tool.

Unique Design Strategies

High gloss cabinets allow for innovative design strategies.

  • Combining high gloss upper cabinets with matte finishes for the lower cabinets creates a dynamic look that gives depth and interest to your kitchen.
  • Incorporating handles can help keep fingerprints at bay, maintaining the shiny finish of your cabinets. Additionally, handles can be used to add a stylish pop of color or texture to your kitchen.
  • Strategic lighting planning can maximize the reflective qualities of high-gloss cabinets, creating a bright and inviting kitchen space.
High Gloss illume cabinets

High Gloss Cabinet Materials

High gloss cabinets, like the Catalina Grigio-Gloss from our new frameless illume line, are crafted with precision and care using specific materials. The materials used include:

  • Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF): This engineered wood provides a smooth and consistent base for the glossy finish, ensuring a sleek and contemporary look.
  • Lacquer: A layer of lacquer is skillfully applied to the MDF core, creating a stunning mirror-like shine. This durable finish adds an elegant touch to the cabinets.
  • Edgebanding: Careful edgebanding techniques are used to achieve seamless edges, enhancing the overall polished appearance.

These materials and techniques come together to produce high gloss cabinets that exude a timeless charm, perfect for modern kitchens and bathrooms.

The Trade-offs of High Gloss Cabinets

While high gloss cabinets have many benefits, they do come with a few trade-offs. High-gloss cabinets are more prone to showing fingerprints and smudges. However, if you’re willing to put in the extra effort to maintain them, they can be a great choice for your kitchen.

To maintain your high gloss cabinets, use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to wipe down your cabinets regularly. Avoid using harsh chemicals; instead, a mixture of water and mild detergent works best. This will help maintain the shine without scratching the surface.

It's also important to try to keep the cabinets dry. Excessive moisture can damage the high gloss finish over time. Be especially careful not to let water sit on the edges or seep into seams.

What to Consider When Buying High Gloss Cabinets

High gloss cabinets can add a touch of luxury to any kitchen. However, when investing in them, you should take into account several factors to ensure their lasting appeal and functionality:

  1. Long-Term Assurance: Look for a manufacturer that offers a solid warranty. This is not only an assurance of the quality of the product but also a promise of after-sales service.
  2. Flawless Finish: Due to their reflective nature, high gloss cabinets can unintentionally highlight imperfections. Ensure the cabinets you choose have a high-quality, smooth finish for a perfect aesthetic.
  3. Built for Longevity: The durability and functionality of the cabinets are crucial. Look for advanced features like soft-close and quick-release mechanisms, as well as the quality of construction that promises longevity.
  4. High-Quality Materials: The choice of materials significantly affects the durability and appearance of the cabinets. Opt for cabinets that use superior materials such as high-quality lacquer and other materials that can reduce the appearance of fingerprints and keep your cabinets looking pristine.
  5. Sustainable Practices: In an era of growing environmental awareness, it's important to consider the sustainability of the materials and manufacturing processes used.

Investing in high gloss cabinets is about more than just aesthetics. It's about considering the quality, functionality, and long-term value. Despite changing trends, high-gloss cabinets have an everlasting appeal. When considering your cabinets, think not only the immediate impact on your kitchen but also the long-term implications for your home and the environment.

When it comes to high gloss cabinets, Fabuwood has you covered. Our Catalina gloss cabinets are built to last, and we back them up with a lifetime warranty. With their sleek, flawless finish and advanced functionality, these cabinets are a prime example of the above qualities.


High-gloss cabinets can give your kitchen a touch of elegance and modern charm. Embark on your kitchen renovation journey with these stylish and functional cabinets, and revel in the transformation. For any questions about Fabuwood, our FAQ page has a wealth of information.

Remember, your kitchen is an extension of your taste and lifestyle. Choosing high gloss cabinets can help elevate your kitchen space, making it a cozy and chic haven for all your culinary adventures. Don't hesitate to contact us or locate a dealer to further explore the possibilities with Fabuwood's high gloss cabinets.

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