High gloss kitchens have been popular for a long time and not just because they are hard wearing and easy to keep clean.
Traditional kitchens - and even their contemporary versions - make great play of embellishments such as pilasters, corbels,and mantels as well as detail in panels, the grain in wood, and texture of materials . It's the clean lines, the seamless effect of the flat panels , the hiding away of handles, the avoidance of detail which makes the creative use of 'light' so important, and which makes such a difference betwen the banal and the brilliant design. Design Comment: a very clever and creative use of light in this design with down-lighters creating a balance and harmony whilst throwing a soft glow on the units beneath. Design Comment: one of the most exciting developments in German kitchen design is the fusion of traditional, Shaker cabinetry with features taken from the modernistic style. This LOH British kitchen design in gloss ivory vinyl is a Shaker style with a wide frame of 105mm which gives the kitchen definition. This CIV British design kitchen in High Gloss White Vinyl is an example of modern design at its best with sleek, slab cabinet doors with curved corners and cupboards. MDF or Medium Density Fibreboard is the base material for most kitchens, the substrate upon which further layers of plastic or veneer are applied. FOILS FOR A SHINY SURFACE LAYER Thermofoils – foils for short - are thermoplastics which are solid at normal temperatures but pliable on the application of heat and which return to the solid state on cooling. Foils can imitate real wood or wood veneer by having an appropriate pattern printed on the surface. Gloss vinyl comes in many different colours and is a cheap, effective way of providing a high sheen to a kitchen surface. Other ways of getting high gloss are making kitchens of solid Acrylic or applying an Acrylic lacquer to another surface.
A lot of research in recent years has gone into refining the light-diffusing and light-reflective properties of different 'finishes'.
Examine a piece of ordinary glass which is transparent It may be frosted by dipping in hydrofluoric acid and is now transluscent.
Antique white, Polar white, ivory, magnolia - a pinky cream - Champagne - refer to Champagne Nacre below - classic red, coral red, anthracite grey, sepia brown, capuccino, acacia grey, mango yellow, ebony black, purple - more a violet - light acacia and blue. Nacre is Mother of Pearl and iridescent, changing colour depending on where you view it from or the angle of the light .
This functional, modern, fuss-free kitchen with its neutral colour palette and streamlined cabinetry allows the under cabinet lighting, mirror laminate splashback, coloured crockery and standout concrete floors to shine. This classic modern kitchen oozes sophistication, taking advantage of the natural light, and increasing functionality.
The standout green splashback on this sleek modern kitchen is balanced by wood accents and warm lighting features. A standout feature of this contemporary kitchen was the upstanding timber veneer feature on the island set against thick 60mm mitred quartzstone.
This bold, contemporary kitchen uses innovative materials and stark contrasts to create that 'wow' factor outside and inside the cabinetry. Soft, neutral tones add warmth to a kitchen that is overly generous in size, creating the perfect space for entertaining. This Architectural extension boasts a bold statement, cleverly using 2 pack doors to match the wall paint and a mirrored back panel to the island to enhance a feeling of space.
A warm and inviting space is created through the soft, neutral tones of Caesarstone’s Shitake benchtops and splashback against the gloss white 2 pack doors.
A magnificent room with polished concrete and exposed brickwork, this kitchen renovation spared no expense. This spacious kitchen in Hahndorf incorporates a generous Butler’s Pantry to allow for a clean, clutter-free kitchen. Cleverly incorporating a study area, this kitchen in Mt Barker boasts ample storage and bench space.
This large and spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining - featuring a generous island benchtop that provides the ultimate gathering spot for family and friends, and ideal preparation space when cooking. With superior finishes like 2 pack gloss doors and stone benchtops, this beautiful kitchen in Leawood Gardens is sure to impress. Using a textured woodgrain melamine as a contrast to the high gloss Createc, this Strathalbyn kitchen is sleek and clutter free. Featuring a Blum Aventos Bi-fold lift up above the microwave cabinet and Blum’s new sink drawers, a practical and innovative kitchen has been achieved. With a captivating 70mm mitred quartz stone benchtop to the island, this Henley Beach kitchen is sure to impress. A mirrored back panel to the island creates a funky feel for this sleek and fresh kitchen where the kickers are also mirrored. Soft tones have been used in this kitchen where the window is used in place of a splashback. Featuring woodgrain melamine doors and a matching dining table to enhance the kitchen space, this Blakes Crossing kitchen is simple yet effective. With a splash of red from the glass splashback, this stunning kitchen in Strathalbyn is a fresh yet focal point of the room. Accentuated by warm white downlights, this bright green glass splashback adds a splash of colour to the neutral toning of this Balhannah kitchen. Bright red melamine doors are the feature of this Nairne Kitchen with stunning cashmere white natural granite benchtops to compliment. Benchtop space is the key element in this Welland kitchen, with deeper benchtops to the main wall creating extra working area around the cooktop & sink. Off white gloss Vinyl doors & contrasting Coffee Brown Natural Granite complement each other to create an elegant look, especially with the clever use of the gloss vinyl slab ends on the island. This Architectural renovation at Myrtle Bank meant ample space for an expansive galley style kitchen. Sleek & Stylish with raised cabinets on the island to hide the sink, and an integrated fridge that keeps neat lines intact – this kitchen in Norwood has it all.
Clever use of an acrylic benchtop has provided a unique curved shape for the breakfast bar in this Crafers kitchen. A simple colour scheme with white vinyl doors and a dark gloss laminate benchtop refresh and bring together this open living area in Bugle Ranges whilst keeping it practical and maintainable. Innovative thinking turned two small rooms into one spacious kitchen & laundry in this house at Nairne. A kitchen and matching entertainment unit has brought a touch of elegant, modern glamour to this Fullarton home.
A new home in Langhorne Creek allowed the owners ample space to plan large family kitchen, with a sleek modern style. This expansive galley style kitchen has contrasting colours & textures with woodgrain finish dark melamine features, and smooth quartz look laminate benchtops. A sophisticated kitchen in Strathalbyn, this room combines two colours of gloss Createc finish, with a dark granite benchtop and handle-less upper doors for a sleek feel. Small details are the star of this Kangarilla kitchen, giving a simplistic yet stunning look. Ice White granite benchtops are the stunning feature of this kitchen, extending through to the outdoor area for the ultimate in summer entertaining. This simple yet luxurious kitchen in Broadview combines multiple shades of colour to create contrast and warmth. Country with an edge, this striking kitchen in rural South Australia combines black doors with a terrazzo style Caeserstone benchtop. A open plan layout in this kitchen gives plenty of space for cooking and entertaining, while still maintaining a definition from the rest of the room. High gloss Createc doors shine brilliantly in this kitchen, just made for entertaining a crowd in Mawson Lakes.

The soft warmth of this Hawthorndene kitchen, with natural timber veneer doors in Canadian Rock Maple, and coordinating solid timber benchtops, fits beautifully with the simple Danish style the owners have created in the remainder of the house.
This crisp kitchen in leafy Wattle Park brings a natural timber element into the home, with a modern twist in Cleaf textured melamine, a durable and easy to clean product that could easily be mistaken for timber veneer. This dramatic kitchen features durable vinyl doors in 2 shades, and a dark granite benchtop to create contrast. A simple yet strikingly effective contrast colour scheme is used in the large family kitchen in Mount Barker.
The organic feel of this kitchen matches its Balhannah setting, with simple grey doors allowing the horizontal woodgrain melamine feature panels, and pressed metal splashbacks to take centre stage.
Cupboards to the back of the island with reeded glass inserts create a space for stools to tuck neatly away. An industrial inspired galley kitchen is the heart of this modern home near Stirling, with a stainless steel bar back panel and main benchtop. This strikingly modern kitchen makes entertaining a treat in Mawson Lakes, with an integrated fridge keeping the main kitchen tidy, and a fully equipped butler’s pantry close by for easy preparation and cleanups.
The entertainers delight, this kitchen provides an abundance of storage and preparation space, with two large pantry cabinets featuring Blum internal drawers, an island which doubles as a casual eating area, and all the appliances required to create a feast. Feature lighting highlights the black metallic splashback and contrast colour island pillar, and the vinyl wrap doors & panels provide a durable finish that makes cleaning a breeze.
In a modern addition to an early St Georges home, a burgundy metallic glass splashback complements the original Jarrah flooring perfectly, and provides a stark contrast to the gloss white cabinets.Long handles accentuate the lines of the drawers, which include a bank of Blum corner drawers.
A minimal retro look fitted this Belair house perfectly, and it was achieved with bold colour in the blue melamine panels, and feature drawer banks in electric blue acrylic. This large kitchen provides ideal preparation area for a family feast or a spot for guests to mingle with the cook in its spacious U shape layout.Subtle contrasting colours in melamine with frosted glass features and excellent lighting give a warm and inviting feel for all at this Collinswood house. Vibrant colour makes this compact kitchen one to remember, with a Jarrah timber veneer shelf unit and bar back panels contrasting with the crisp white quartz stone top and vinyl door panels.
Old meets new in this luxurious open plan living area; traditional 2 pack shaker doors mix with glossy dark melamine and glass feature panels to bring a modern touch to a beautifully restored Goodwood residence. With a simple & sleek appearance, this kitchen shines in gloss 2-pack paint with accents of Cleaf textured woodgrain melamine and aluminium framed lift up doors.A bold green glass splashback brings in the lush Hills garden setting of the Crafers home. A compact kitchenette for a second story at Gilles Plains, provides an economical yet stunning solution for a small space. In a kitchen perfect for feeding a family and entertaining guests, the decadent metallic 2-pack painted doors and chocolate glass splashbacks set off a creamy quartz stone benchtop and slab ends.A large roller cabinet provides a space for small appliances to be tucked away. This unique 2-pack painted kitchen at West Croydon combines a rich, bold satin painted finish with custom glass drawer fronts, and a coordinating acrylic surface benchtop.A daring combination that is also extremely practical, with coved splashbacks in matching acrylic, and integrated appliances. Come join us at our Newly Renovated Furniture Showroom in the shopping heart of Kitsilano, Vancouver.The spirit of Gifting is always an option at Briers.
The mastery of light - not just its technical application but artistic - is at the core of recent development in the modern style. Light is used to pick out features, illuminate focal points, cooking zones and create ambience in the kitchen. The pictures below, are above anything else, an essay in the use of creative light and show German and British gloss kitchens at their best.
Individual functional areas are attractively highlighted through the imaginative use of indirect lighting. This intermediate light level enables more subtle designs to be created, depending on the natural light available .
Walnut is used here for the principal worktop combined with Silestone Quartz for the breakfast bar.
A classic-look may be got by adding antique 'pewter' handles or a contemporary-look with a gloss finish and large glazed doors. These examples have been coined by German kitchen makers to wow you with their creative flair – truly justified as it so happens. These and another thermoplastic, PVC - vinyl, or polyvinyl chloride – are the two ways of wrapping a surface layer of shiny, hard durable material around the core substrate. Special design features include a hidden butlers pantry behind the tall cabinet next to the fridge, internal, customised sections inside cabinets as well as internal drawers to optimise storage and increase functionality. The integration of peacock tiles accented with a black ribbon, black appliances, and galaxy stone tops perfectly complement the traditional 'shaker' style doors and Baltic Pine timber floorboards. The flat gloss doors, handleless top cabinets and integrated appliances make for a fuss-free cooking and entertaining environment and the galley design keeps the room looking open and spacious. Large appliances (fridge and cooktop) were incorporated and balanced by wide drawers and sturdy bar handles. The stainless steel kickers, mirror splashback, brushed stainless handles and raw stacked stone feature panel on the bar back create a raw, industrial feel.
Practicality and ease of access was essential – so the use of Blum’s soft close drawers provides the ideal technology and innovation required. The crisp white 2 pack doors lighten the room, incorporating an integrated fridge and dishwasher to ensure it remains sleek and clean. With no handles, the look of the kitchen is kept sleek and clean while soft closing drawers and accessories such as a drawer mounted bin and tea towel rail, make use of modern innovations and technologies.
With Timber Veneer Doors up to the ceiling, and white gloss doors to contrast, a crisp, clean and sleek space is created with the stunning Caesarstone Ocean Foam benchtops and Calcutta Marble splashbacks. Clever use of ‘Staron’ acrylic benchtops allow for a subtle curve to be created on the island – adding interest and character to match the line of the above bulkhead.
Practicality is evident with the use of drawers throughout, including internal drawers to the pantry, while a bi-fold unit for appliances keeps the kitchen clutter free. With an island bench providing great space for entertaining, glass cabinets create a feature to the kitchen. An adjoining butler’s pantry provides extra storage and preparation space while the stunning Caesarstone benchtops showcase different thicknesses and an undermount sink to the island. With a generous size island providing ample bench space, the Essastone benchtops and white 2pack satin doors create soft tones to allow for a burst of colour from the 2pack gloss metallic orange island panels and glass splashback that capture your attention. With black feature handles and a black glass splashback complimenting the benchtop, a simple brushed aluminum look melamine has been used for the doors to enhance the impact of these features. With an intriguing glass splashback amongst the darker gloss vinyl doors on the back wall, a gentle contrast is created with the remaining doors and drawers in a white gloss vinyl.
With bold contrast between the woodgrain and white 2 pack gloss doors and drawers, a fascinating tiled splashback adds to the interest. Stunning white quartz stone has been used for the benchtops, with the island mitred to 50mm thick to create a statement. Quartz stone benchtops create a gentle flow to the woodgrain melamine doors and drawers, while white overhead cabinets with finger pull to open doors add extra storage while keeping the kitchen feeling open and spacious.
With finger pull to open doors for the overhead cabinetry, this kitchen boasts clean, sleek lines. Gloss vinyl doors and square edge laminate benchtops keep it simple and sleek, whilst the island slad ends with shadowline add interest and class.
Clever use of drawer banks for practicality and bi-fold cabinets to conceal appliances keep this kitchen sleek and clutter free. Contrasting white vinyl doors, some with glass & set back over the sink area, add a neutral but stylish touch. The large island overlooking the family area, with a hard wearing quartz stone surface makes entertaining a breeze.
Sophisticated elements such as large pantries, an integrated microwave and long stainless steel handles add a modern touch, whilst the use of Blum Tandembox Soft Close drawers to the whole kitchen offer full extension enabling access to the back of the drawer with ease and adds practicality.
With dark stained Oak veneer on the back wall cabinets that incorporate an integrated fridge and dishwasher, the contrasting white 2 pack island unit boasts a double thickness stone benchtop, concealed handle detail and plenty of drawers to create a kitchen of not only practicality but style too.

White 2 pack doors and Alpine White Quantum Quartz Benchtops keep the kitchen bright and fresh, while the industrial look stainless steel wall cabinets and splashback add slight contrast and a touch of class.
With a hidden appliance unit in the corner, lots of drawers and storage gadgets to make the most of a small space, this kitchen stands out from the rest with green 2 pack gloss doors and a bright blue glass splashback. White 2pack gloss doors, black feature panels and wine rack are accented by frosted glass doors with aluminium frames and a metallic glass splashback. Clever gadgets & design have been used to keep the benches clear of clutter, including a large walk in pantry, a bifold unit and a corner lazy susan. Slab ends to the stone make the benchtop a seamless, flowing surface, and with the space saving accessories incorporated into the cabinets, a tricky layout has been turned into a spacious and clever room.
Clean lines and the lighter colouring make this small U shape kitchen appear more spacious, and clever design features such as a corner lazy susan and drawers hidden inside cupboards maximize the storage space. Space saving accessories and clever design make an awkward layout into a highly functional and attractive kitchen.
Under cabinet lighting adds warmth and highlights the deep metallic colour of the glass splashback, and a large walk in pantry is hidden behind a door that matches the kitchen. Jenna our designer was fantastic – very patient when I kept changing my mind and wanting to alter the design until I had a kitchen suited perfectly to my needs. The three colours include a combination of gloss vinyl and textured woodgrain melamine to add extra depth to the finish. A shaped natural granite island benchtop with round undermount sinks softens the look, and small touches of red show a great way to brighten a room. A gorgeous gloss melamine in a chocolate woodgrain sets off the white quartz benchtop and aluminium framed frosted glass doors. The opal granite benchtop bring a natural, earthy element to complement the existing timber features and slate floors.
But most of all, it’s the people involved and the level of care and attention that make me happy. A red glass splashback brings further warmth, and pinned frosted glass feature panels add the finishing touch.
Dark gloss melamine with a stainless steel laminate kickboard and splashbacks gives the space a modern edge. Buy a Gift Certificate for a Friend or Loved one to use Online or in Store!Welcome to Briers 2.0.
Manufacturers descriptions can be quite confusing sometimes, especially when explaining their latest creation or trade secret. Once again, see how the row of six downlighters draws the eye and picks up on the tripod, soft light. In this wonderful open room with scenic views over rolling green countryside satinised lacquer comes into its own and becomes a restful continuum of the countryside. In this picture note the tall curved units on the left which act as substantial end-plate in this design where we have a tall appliance housing - far right - and intervening glazed wall cabinets There are different glazing effects and a range of sizes to chose from It doesn't matter what appliance you chose in this LOH design there are no unsightly fillers. MDF is made from hard and soft wood shavings which are reduced to fibres and then bonded togther under high temperature and pressure with wax and resin binder. Bringing all these materials and effects together with creative lighting in a harmonious and exciting form is the essential skill of the modern kitchen manufacturer. Satinised lacquers provide a useful aesthetic mid level effect and are very popular for certain open-plan designs where an excess of light would be too intrusive and unrestful. Functionality is optimised by the integration of tip-on doors, soft-close drawers, touch and strip lighting, pull-out oil rack and twin bin for recyclables and rubbish. Strip lighting to the island and warm LED downlights accentuate the Essastone benchtops, glass splashbacks and high gloss back panel features. The veins of Quantum Quartz’s natural look stone on the island and the splashback build the character of the stainless steel benchtop which is highlighted with feature downlights. Blum hardware is featured throughout with the use of the Tandembox soft closing drawer runners, Aventos systems and push to open doors, boasting quality and modern innovation, whilst two pull out pantries provide storage solutions and ease of access. The dramatic toning of the high gloss doors to the back wall are softly broken through the use of a light glass splashback, warm white downlights and a contrast of polar white doors on the island. A gentle green glass splashback adds to the warmth of the woodgrain doors that have been used to create contrast between the gloss white vinyl doors and stunning stone benchtops.
Clever use of an appliance cupboard keeps the kitchen clutter free, while an integrated dish drawer, finger pulls to the drawers and push to open doors keep sleek lines throughout. Stunning quartz stone benchtops add class and features such as an integrated fridge and dishwasher, all drawers to the island unit and a Blum Aventos lift up system to the over fridge cabinet doors ensure that every last detail is accounted for.
Clever use of a woodgrain melamine to the overhead cabinetry with finger pull to open doors creates a contrast feature to the remaining doors and drawers that use a grey gloss melamine. White quartz stone benchtops are a striking contrast to the red tiles used for the splashback. With pull to open doors to the overheads, large brushed nickel handles and gorgeous pendant lighting above the island, this kitchen is sure to impress right down to the finer details. A small island unit, cleverly incorporating a wine rack and display shelving adds extra bench space for food preparation. A glass splashback is highlighted through the clever use of downlights, with the clients optimizing on storage space through the use of large drawers and corner solutions. Large handles to the drawers, and frosted glass doors on either side of the rangehood add the finishing features. A thicker stone benchtop with slab ends to the island makes it stand out as a feature against the back wall of cabinets, and a concealed appliance unit in the corner allows the main benches to stay neat & tidy.
Placing the sink under the window leaves the island free to prepare meals and creates a minimalist look. They may look out on to a dark street, or wooded garden, or just not have the space for many windows.So high gloss comes into its own for a simple practical consideration - maximising the use of light.
But, light doesn't have the same dominant aesthetic role as in the modern and ultra modern kitchen. They don’t want to reveal too much for fear the competition might gain an advantage, or too little and leave you unimpressed! This 'sunny' kitchen with its essay in indirect lighting, exciting use of glass and sculptural detail - see the flowers top left - would look, and feel good on the gloomiest day in the middle of winter. One suggestion for a statement kitchen would be to combine a Dark Textured Oak with High Gloss Ivory . Storage and practicality is maximized by using orgaline products by Blum, a pull out rack and tea-towel rail. Blum’s quality hardware is featured throughout with the use of their Tandembox drawer runners, Tip on for doors to create sleek lines and their ‘Orgaline’ kit to help organize the drawers. Other simple yet effective modern features include large stainless steel handles to the drawers, contrasting melamine doors and square edge benchtops to give off a stone look. The end result is a light spacious kitchen which showcases the beautiful timber aswell as the workmanship.
Note the unusual, circular 'frisbee style' stainless steel pendant lights over the kitchen island, and the brightly coloured patterned wallpaper. The latter is a brilliant touch and adds a small area of bright colour to draw and excite the eye. Then look at a piece of satin made from silk and you'll see the mid level light properties: a bit glossy and a bit matt.

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