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Gloss vs Matte Laminate in your Home

Published: February 1st, 2017

Building a new home is a very exciting process, but can sometimes be overwhelming. When it comes to deciding your drawer and bench top finishes throughout your kitchen, bathroom & laundry, there are so many options and an endless amount of variations to choose from.

Here at Aussie, we’ve created a go-to guide on Gloss vs Matte Laminate finishes, to provide insight and intel into what can work best.

Choosing Laminate: 

During your pre-start meeting you will be shown an array of laminate options, with different colours and patterns to choose from. Most individual’s first reaction is – ‘Wow, how can I pick just one?’ – that’s where our pre-start consultants come in.

Let your pre-start consultant guide you in making the best colour decision for your home. If you can narrow your selection down to 3 or 4 that you like best plus a ‘wild card’ colour choice, you have a great starting point.  While you’re in the pre-start room, look at each of these samples in different lighting, as this can impact how you interpret the colour and pattern. If there are any you don’t quite like, you can then commence the elimination process. This will also help you decide whether you decide on matte or gloss.

A great rule of thumb is to choose a gloss for your benchtops, and a matte for your cabinets – but this is only a suggestion. The great thing about the pre-start process is that it’s your home, and your choice!

Another point of consideration is that although laminate is durable, scratches are inevitable as countertops are used each and every day. With this in mind, scratches tend to be light in colour, which makes them highly visible on darker colours and essentially impossible to hide. If your heart is set on a deep colour for your countertop, find a pattern in that colour that may help disguise scratches. If you’re looking for a more durable option, you may opt for a colour core laminate, which has a much thicker colour layer than regular laminate. These are all considerations that you can talk to your pre-start consultant about on the day.

Gloss or Semi-Gloss Surface:

Gloss laminate – up close.

The main benefit of a high gloss surface is that they reflect the maximum level of light, ensuring a bright, even and inviting finish. Fingerprints and smudge marks (although can be seen more easily) are easy to remove without having to use chemicals. Another benefit of high gloss, is that it is a feature in itself, providing a luxurious feel to a room, which is easily complemented with minimalistic decor.

Matte Surface:

Matte laminate – notice there is no sheen?

The benefits of matte (non-gloss) surfaces are that they are more suitable for traditional kitchens.  Marks and scratches are less noticeable, however some might not like matte, deeming it ‘too flat’. On the other hand, many individuals prefer a matte style, and due to the vast array of patterns and colours, the options are abundant.

Why not both?

Can’t decide whether you prefer a Gloss or Matte finish? Why not opt for semi-gloss? This satin like finish ensures you get the best of both worlds. It’s not too shiny or dull, therefore the chance of visible scratches is decreased. Another benefit is that it’s not too reflective or dull, meaning you get an edge of luxury, without being over the top.

Talk to your pre-start consultant to see what options will suit your style.


Want to know if you can build a home of your own? Take our ‘Can I get my own home’ quiz today.

Visit our website to see our list of display homes and plan a visit to check out some of our Gloss vs Matte Laminate options as well as Essa stone.

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