Thoughts on gloss kitchens?

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BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Sat 17-Sep-16 18:48:09

We are planning to turn our dining room into a kitchen because the dining room is a big unused space (15ft x 12ft) and the current kitchen is teeny in comparison. We don't have a large budget so will be going with B&Q or Wickes or somewhere like that.

What are people's thoughts on gloss doors to the units? And what's the difference between units described as gloss and those described as high gloss? The designs we particularly like are described as 'gloss slab'. However I've heard horror stories about sticky finger marks, unremovable scratches etc on high gloss units. We have two boys aged 8 and 10 and an 8 month old puppy and wouldn't want to spend our money on something that isn't hard wearing and durable. Our house is a traditional 1930s Edwardian type place, so a shaker style would look fine, but we prefer the look of gloss. Is the gloss style likely to date quickly? Or will the shaker style? All thoughts much appreciated!

Tiredandtested Sat 17-Sep-16 18:53:30

I honestly think you should go with what you like. All kitchens date, even the plainest Shaker style.
It's worth trawling round lots of kitchen showrooms so see all the variations.

Pradaqueen Sat 17-Sep-16 21:02:22

Choose what you like. IMO Matt from this point forward is more timeless than gloss. Grey painted at the moment is de rigeur but choose what suits you and your lifestyle and what you like. I do know someone who has hummed and haa'd for 20 years shock over a kitchen in case they don't choose the 'right' one.

FenellaMaxwell Sat 17-Sep-16 21:07:44

I HATE gloss kitchens - they show finger prints every time you open any of the cupboards. Ours were a nightmare and we ended up ripping them out as soon as we could afford to!

Lillagroda Sat 17-Sep-16 21:27:41

With regards to scratches and general wear and tear, it depends on what type of fascia it is (vinyl wrapped, lacquered, acrylic). They all have varying degrees of resilience. The kitchen designer will be able to tell you that.

Fingerprints, though. That would bug me. I have no small children and a black fridge, and that is bad enough to irritate me.

SellFridges Sat 17-Sep-16 21:29:42

We have a white, gloss kitchen. It's six years old now and is still mistaken for new. We have no problem with finger prints at all.

namechangedtoday15 Sat 17-Sep-16 21:43:54

I agree. I think all kitchens will date. So go with what you like.

Had a black gloss kitchen in a previous house. Fingers prints weren't an issue - it had handles - but I did scratch one cupboard using an abrasive cleaner.

BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Sun 18-Sep-16 07:35:03

Thanks everyone, really useful to get all your views. The gloss style that we're looking at does have handles, so fingerprints would hopefully be less of a problem, but we have an American style fridge freezer and I get the heebiejeebies every time I find finger marks on that! Not good for the blood pressure! grin I've booked an appointment with the kitchen design person and hopefully they'll give an honest and informed opinion on each of their different styles. But yes, going with what we like the most does make a lot of sense!

hardtopinpoint Sun 18-Sep-16 07:41:48

I've got gloss with handles. Every time I open a drawer there are fingerprints.

Easily removed with a damp cloth, but even so. You have to be quite on top of it.

Greenbigtree Sun 18-Sep-16 07:43:35

My best friend has gloss white and it still looks like new - she's got a few kids too and it always looks shiny!. A family member has black and whilst it kind of looks like new, everything visit, I like it less and less!

hardtopinpoint Sun 18-Sep-16 07:46:01

Maybe pale is better then. Mine are dark.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sun 18-Sep-16 07:46:59

Clean them with glass cleaner and they stay glossy!!

hardtopinpoint Sun 18-Sep-16 07:49:46

I find anything other than hot water smears

christinarossetti Sun 18-Sep-16 07:51:23

We had a handleless cream gloss kitchen installed earlier this year. No problem with fingerprints and much less prone to dust a Nd muck that fronts with indentations like Shaker ones.

Agree with get what you like rather than worrying about it dating though.

BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Sun 18-Sep-16 08:30:00

I was thinking of grey, but it's quite dark (there's a really nice dark slate grey or a rather odd lighter grey that looks a bit olive green in the wrong light!) - and I really don't like the idea of an olive-y kitchen! There's also an 'aubergine' shade in the same range. Get over yourselves, kitchen designers, it's not aubergine, it's purple. PURPLE.

There's a nice cream shade in the same range and I am beginning to think that that would make the room lighter and brighter and hopefully would have less of a finger mark problem.

FrancisCrawford Sun 18-Sep-16 08:32:55

White high gloss units, four years old. No issue with finger marks. Makes the kitchen so much brighter as they help to council the light around.

SparkyBlue Sun 18-Sep-16 08:39:24

I have white gloss (b&q) and it actually shines up lovely and looks way more expensive than it was.

pinkieandperkie Sun 18-Sep-16 08:39:42

Fingerprints all the bloody time. I loved my gloss kitchen but living with it is full on job to keep it looking good. We have gloss furniture in the spare bedroom and the dust really shows up.

buckleberrybinn Sun 18-Sep-16 08:52:11

White gloss Howden kitchen here - no problems whatsoever, always looks clean and shiny. So pleased I chose it.

Mum2KSS Mon 19-Sep-16 11:27:52

cream gloss Howden kitchen here and yup no issues - takes next to no time to give it a quick clean when it needs it - as long is there are no ridges in the doors, I would say they are very low maintenance.

Rafflesway Mon 19-Sep-16 15:10:45

We have cream high gloss units with inbuilt matt stainless steel handles. As others have said, ours is now 11 years old and still looks immaculate!

I clean all the cupboard fronts every 2-3 weeks thoroughly but quickly with eco friendly kitchen spray as I find normal sprays do smear.

BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Mon 19-Sep-16 15:39:06

Thanks so much everyone, we are definitely moving in the direction of cream gloss. And maybe duck egg blue walls....I'm getting unreasonably excited about our kitchen transformation! Got our design consultation booked in for Sunday!

All of your thoughts and tips are enormously appreciated - thank you!

Mum2KSS Mon 19-Sep-16 15:53:26

Good luck!! It is all very exciting smile

MiaowTheCat Mon 19-Sep-16 19:42:57

I was adamant I didn't want a gloss kitchen - didn't think it would work with the house (late-1920s) and thought it would be a bugger to clean. Was sure I wanted a bone/off white shaker style jobbie.

Went kitchen hunting and absolutely fell in love with the Glencoe Larch one from Wickes which looks meh in the brochures but really jumped out at me in the store (it's the one that's white gloss but with a woodgrain effect running through it). Actually it's been a lot easier to clean than my mum's shaker style one - although I don't tend to sweat the odd fingerprint... helps that my kids think "helping" clean the kitchen with a dry microfibre cloth is the greatest game going and it keeps 'em out of mischief for hours! Has actually worked quite well with the house as well - made things so much more bright and airy.

PotatoBread Tue 20-Sep-16 12:58:54

I like them to look at. But as others have stated, one word- fingerprints.

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