You would agree that cabinetry is the most essential component of any modular kitchen. That said, the finish for kitchen cabinets is what adds aesthetic value and gives your kitchen a unique personality. There are various finishes available in the market, such as acrylic, membrane foils, polymer, laminates and more.

Acrylic and laminates are among the most popular options, however, they differ in terms of aesthetics, durability and pricing. Here is all you need to know about both these options to help you decide on one for your kitchen!

What is Acrylic Finish?

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Gorgeous red acrylic finish for kitchen cabinets

A type of finish similar to lacquer, acrylic finish for kitchen cabinets is a non-toxic, reflective high-gloss finish which can give cabinets a perfectly smooth appearance. It is available in a wide range of colours and gives a glossy sheen to your kitchen cabinets.

What is a Laminate Finish?

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Steel grey laminate kitchen cabinets

Laminates are a composite artificial material commonly used in modular kitchen cabinets. Basically, this material is made by pressing together thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins, the upper layer is printed with a decorative pattern or colour. In other words, the laminates used in kitchen cabinets are pressed in factories under high pressure using automated machinery.

Pros and Cons of Acrylic and Laminate Finish for Kitchen Cabinets

Aesthetics

  • A premium high-gloss option, an acrylic-finish kitchen is the preferred option for high-end kitchens. Basically it can add visual space and an inviting appeal to your space
  • While laminates are available in glossy options, these are not as reflective as an acrylic finish. As a result, laminate kitchen cabinets are more muted and less striking

Colour and Varieties

  • Acrylic finishes are available in a wide range of vibrant shades, which retain their colour and brightness for years
  • However, the variety available in laminates for kitchen is higher and includes matte, glossy and ultra high gloss. Apart from colours, these are also available in various textures, including wood

Maintenance and Durability

  • Scratch-resistant acrylic finishes do not tarnish, de-laminate or fade away with time; they maintain their smooth and glossy appearance. However, this means that fingerprint marks, dirt and stains are more visible and require regular cleaning
  • Laminate finishes are relatively more hard-wearing and durable when compared to acrylic. Laminates are also moisture- and heat-resistant and can also be treated for antibacterial properties

Cost

  • Given their aesthetic appeal and easy-to-clean properties, acrylic-finish cabinets are more expensive than laminates
  • Laminate finishes offer variety and durability at a significantly lower cost, making them ideal for those on a budget

What’s the Best Finish for Your Kitchen Cabinets?

One possible option which is trending today is a combination of both acrylic and laminate finishes.

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Mix and match acrylic and laminate finishes for kitchen cabinets

Since most lighting tends to highlight the upper cabinets, use acrylic finishes on them for a glossy, attractive look. Laminate is a good choice for lower cabinets since they are likely to see more wear and tear. You can choose textures and colours that complement each other for a coordinated look. In this Livspace home, we have used a combination of acrylic and laminate in the kitchen cabinets to create a sophisticated yet functional look.

“Using an amalgamation of acrylic and laminate is the best thing one can do in their kitchen. This combination gives the richness of glass through acrylic and the subtlety of matte finish through laminate. At the same time, the look is not overpowering.”

— Sahil Gore, Livspace Designer

Which Finish for Kitchen Cabinets is Suitable for Indian Kitchens?

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Acrylic requires regular maintenance
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Laminate is cost-effective and low-maintenance

When it comes to Indian kitchens, we have to take several factors into consideration while deciding on the finish for kitchen cabinets. In general, both acrylic and laminate can be used for kitchen cabinets. That is mainly because both of these finishes are heat- and water-resistant, making them suitable for hot and humid environments. Being water-resistant, it is also easy to remove spills and food marks. However, in case of acrylic finishes, regular maintenance is required to retain the glossy look and prevent marks and scratches.

Summary

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Decide on the best finish for your kitchen cabinets depending on your use, budget and tastes. The right choice will enhance the overall look and feel of your modular kitchen.

Read about the kitchen cabinet materials used to build your modular kitchen.

How Can Livspace Help You?

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***Colours and finishes are subject to availability. Please check with your nearest Livspace store to check availability.

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