5 Top Tips to selecting Kitchen Finishes (Part A)

Kitchen finishes for your Kitchen Northern Beaches Renovation!

When it comes to choosing your kitchen finishes, the choices are as wide and varied as the meals that will be cooked within the kitchen area itself. There are a variety of styles and materials to choose from, each with a range of options in colour, texture (such as non-slip, smooth, faux wood grain) and finish (such as matte and gloss). The main material choices for your kitchen finishes are:

  1. Glass
  2. Stainless steel/aluminium
  3. Wood
  4. Laminates
  5. Thermofoil

So when it comes to selecting the finishes for your kitchen on the Northern Beaches or kitchen renovation on the Northern Beaches, where do you start? We have compiled a list of the advantages and disadvantages of the main material selections for you to consider below.

However, before you begin to select your kitchen finishes, you should first consider the style of your home. As a general guide, modern homes suit polyurethane, glass, stainless steel and laminated materials as well as new-aged veneers. Provincial style homes traditionally favour timber finishes, painted timber or polyurethane finishes. Once you have determined the style of your home, you can then look at selecting the best material to suit your house and kitchen.

Glass & Stainless combo kitchen


Toughened glass doors and high-gloss panels combine to create an ultra-modern look. Glass cabinetry is easy to clean and available in an array of vibrant colours. You can even combine glass with printed images to create innovative and unique designs. However, keep in mind that any glass used for kitchen finishes will need to be toughened according to the Australian Standard. As a result, glass is one of the more expensive options when it comes to kitchen finishes.


If you are serious about cooking, stainless steel may be your ‘must have’ kitchen finish. An aluminium or stainless steel kitchen will suit any modern home, from the sleek and professional to the edgy, industrial-style home. Stainless steel offers a hygienic and durable option for your kitchen finishes. However, keep in mind that you will need to use special cleaners for stainless steel. In terms of price, stainless steel and aluminium kitchens are generally on the higher end of the price scale, depending on the complexity of the design and thickness of the steel.

Tomorrow we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of selecting wood, laminate and thermofoil panels for your kitchen cabinetry.

Meanwhile, for further help with selecting your kitchen finishes or with kitchen design in Sydney, contact us – the Volpe A-Team!

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