Kitchen Surface Finishes

Feb 17, 2022

A complete Guide to Kitchen Design - Part II  

Like with individuals’ inward magnificence is a higher priority than the outside yet that doesn't intend that external looks are not of any significance whatsoever. It is something very similar with your kitchen too. In our last blog entry, Kitchen Cabinet Materials we examined the various types of material that you can use for cabinet materials in kitchen. In this post we will cover the different finishes that you can use for your kitchen and its upsides and downsides.

Laminate shutters

Laminate is a composite material made by pressing several thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins together. Additionally, a decorative pattern or color print makes the upper layer. The literal meaning of laminate means to roll or compress into thin sheets. Laminate finish has a ton of choices and varieties. Laminate is perhaps the most ideal choice for your kitchen wraps up as they are efficient and arrived in an assortment of tones and examples. It is perhaps the most seasoned material accessible, and it offers a few significant benefits: The matt completion and it's prudent in cost. Additionally, it is exceptionally scratch safe and makes it ideal for unpleasant and extreme use.

Laminate Kitchen Cabinet


• Laminates are accessible in a wide scope of colors and matt completions.

• You can trust it's sturdiness for harsh and intense use.

• For the individuals who have an organized spending budget, laminates are a superior choice in contrast with the acrylic laminates.


• Laminates can't match the shiny gloss effect that acrylic offers with depth that define glass like quality.

Acrylic shutters

Acrylic sheets are glued on Plywood/M.D.F./H.D.F. base boards, thickness of acrylic sheets varies from 1mm to 3mm sheets and some variants in 6mm too. Their REFLECTIVE quality is unique in relation to that of the other gleam screens. They have a mirror-like REFLECTIVE completion. It gives your kitchen a high sheen. A decent quality acrylic screen has high scratch opposition and keeps up with its tone and finish for somewhere around eight years.

Acrylic Kitchen Cabinet

Pros: Acrylic Shutters are more solid and scratch obstruction in contrast with the UV sheets. They are additionally accessible in ultra matt completion, which gives a striking look and solid quality.

Cons: The downsides of this material are that it is costly when contrasted with different completions and it comes in restricted tones. it can attract dust, fingerprints, scratches easily and are visible.

Membrane shutters

Membrane Shutters are a 0.3 mm thick sheet that is stuck on top of a Plywood/M.D.F./H.D.F. board. As the sheet is practically like a sticker with irrelevant thickness, it can give an extraordinary completion to the furrowed shades. It gives the shade an edgeless smooth completion.

Membrane Kitchen Cabinet

Pros: Membrane Shutters give extraordinary completion as they can twist in all edges and corners. They give edgeless smooth completion to shades

Cons: The significant inconveniences of membrane screens are that tone and shades are restricted, they are not heat safe. So, this restricts its utilization as it prompts wearing impact of the sheet from the board in an exceptionally brief time of a few years.

P.U. Paint (Polyurethane Paint) Shutters

Like laminate shutters, there is a wide scope of paint gets done, the one with an undeniable degree of covering and appropriate polishing gives great shine factor. These shades have perfect edges. The wide range of various kitchen screen finish variations by and large have a tense look though, P.U. painting gives a smooth and consistent look to the shades. The greater part of the furnishings and kitchen brands utilize this finish broadly. There is more assortment in this completion than one can envision.

P.U Finished Kitchen Cabinet 

Pros: PU Finished screens are very sturdy and gives a shiny smooth completion

Cons: PU Finish is somewhat less scratch opposition when contrasted with the acrylic sheets.

Veneer shutters

These are wood skins utilized in various sorts of finish to draw out an extremely rich and exquisite look. Real sheets of wood bark are glued on plywood/M.D.F./H.D.F. sheets. Finishing the surface is utilized to hold onto the appearance of the wood and draw out the regular grains of the wood.

Veneer Kitchen Cabinet

Pros: Many various tones can be made in Veneers wrap up by covering the board with various tones and cleans. This is a costly and sturdy completion which can be utilized in all pieces of the kitchen and different insides also. They have consistent edges and have a smooth look.

Cons: Kitchen with Veneer screens are very costly when contrasted with different completions. Likewise, it is hard to spotless as the residue stalls out in the veins of the wood.

PVC shutters

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. It is light in weight with a hollow core, the surface of the panel is smooth and imprinted with various design. These panels are available in authentic wood tones to vivid floral prints for kitchen shutters. An exciting range of Interlocking panels with a tongue and groove system for easy installation.

PVC panel boards are available in two types, either hollow boards or foam boards. The main distinction is foam boards are heavier and sturdier, while the hollow boards are light and economical. The true advantages of PVC panels for kitchens are that it’s easy to install and available in range of colors and finishes.

PVC Kitchen Cabinet

Pros: PVC panels are economical, and are completely Waterproof, Termite proof, Maintenance free. These panels are easy to clean and maintain. Choose foams boards for kitchen shutter as they can hold more weight when compared to hollow boards.

Cons: In comparison to other material for kitchen shutters PVC boards are least durable and a short-term solution.

Lacquered shutters

Lacquered Glass is created by coating lacquer on one side of a regular glass sheet and baking it over a furnace. It is a unique kind of glass because of its opaque appearance and brilliant color. Lacquer is often applied to the back of the glass to ensure durability.  Lacquered glass brings luxurious looking kitchen that is brighter and elegant.

Lacquered Kitchen Cabinet

Pros: Lacquered glass has high resistance against staining, and it is easy to clean and of maintain. It is extremely durable and does not fade or lose its lustrous quality over time.

Cons: Lacquered glass is a brittle material and is prone to breakage, especially when a sharp object hits the fascia of the shutter. The edges need to be protected with profile channels to avoid breakage & shattering of glass.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Kitchen is the most utilitarian kitchen material. Although its mostly preferred for restaurants and other heavy duty kitchen functions. Its easy to clean, most sanitary material and is highly durable.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinet

Pros: Stainless steel is opted for its ease of maintenance characteristics. It’s also recyclable, has no toxic retardants or use of any chemicals during installation.

Cons: The Aesthetic of stainless steel is considered institutional and requires additional treatment to add more aesthetic value.

We would always advise that for better application and implementation of various finishes, it is advisable to be aware of the material that each finish is made of their durability and the variety of colors and textures that are available for each finish.

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