Matt Finishes on Trend

Matt surfaces continue to grow in popularity and they can be seen everywhere from nail polish to car wraps, cabinet handles, countertops, appliances, and, of course, cabinetry in living and working areas.






Matt surfaces continue to grow in popularity. They can be seen everywhere from nail polish to car wraps, cabinet handles, countertops, appliances, and, of course, cabinetry in living and working areas.

“This increase towards matt finishes can be linked to how society views design as a method of identifying and unifying,” says Jason Wells, Brand and Marketing Manager at PG Bison, manufacturer of decorative wood-based products. “We know that trends are a representation of what is happening in our lives and in society as a whole, using emerging technologies as a means to express where we are. Matt speaks to where we are now.

A world of touch screens and other interactive surfaces has driven the development in technologies to improve those interactions, making matt more readily available. Today's lifestyle is always on the go and for this reason, we are constantly looking for ways to regain a sense of societal harmony and balance. That speaks to calm, subdued living and working spaces, assisted by the low reflective properties of matt.

“More homeowners are wanting to incorporate the sophisticated appeal for the matt look,” says Wells. “Matt finishes are not that new, but the technology behind matt surfaces has seen recent developments to improve performance characteristics.

Previously, attempts at creating a matt finish often resulted in a chalky or dull finish (like a blackboard). In some contexts, this detracted from the envisioned design. However, advances in technology have meant that the matt-look now available is more consistent and sophisticated. These developments have also assisted in producing more durable surfaces, so that marks are less of an issue.

Matt Finishes on Trend by PG Bison

Matt textures in the home

Beyond product developments, there is a trend towards embracing matt for its experiential attributes. “Designers and homeowners like the fact that matt surfaces can disguise defects with their non-reflective finish, which is the opposite with high-gloss finishes,” says Wells. “They tend to scatter light randomly, reducing reflections to negligible levels. This means they’re easier on our senses and experienced as calming. They are therefore ideal for creating calm in living and working spaces. Soft matt surfaces also provide a counterpoint to the glare from the many digital devices we tend to be surrounded with in our daily lives, and they echo many natural, untouched materials, which human beings tend to find soothing.”

Wells says that matt products are versatile in that they can be used to introduce much darker colours effectively either as a base or as an accent feature. “Designers are opting for deep hues of grey and charcoal colours in matt finishes and are complimenting this look with a stone- or wood-grain finish,” he says. “Whereas kitchen were traditionally designed in lighter colour, we are now seeing darker hues appear more often. While high-gloss kitchens are still very popular, we’re seeing more matt in kitchens too. This was evident in the recent Decorex shows, with many of the kitchens on display including MelaWood SupaMatt.”

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Matt cabinetry

PG Bison, a proudly South African company, is one that aims to inspire and enable beautiful living spaces. The company prides itself on identifying global trends and localising them for the markets it serves. The company has created products for the South African market that make the global matt cupboard trend easy to implement locally.

PG Bison offers a premium product called MelaWood SupaMatt and this can be installed to add elegance and sophistication to any room. The silky-smooth finish is available in 9 plain colours and 2 stone-look finishes,” says Wells. “The matt finish is a low reflective surface, that creates a luxurious ultra-matt experience.”

Justin says that one of the most commonly asked questions about matt cabinets is whether they are more likely to show fingerprints than textured surfaces. “In the PG Bison MelaWood SupaMatt range, the range incorporates the latest innovation that produces micro-structures on the surface that is specifically designed to minimise fingerprints. These surfaces reduce the visibility of fingerprint smudges and, as long as your hands aren’t greasy, fingerprints are almost impossible to see.”

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Cleaning matt cupboards

For daily cleaning of matt cupboards, Wells suggests wiping down Melawood SupaMatt with a clean, well-rung out, damp, lint-free, soft cloth regularly. To remove grime, add a mild soap and water solution. Cleaning of stubborn grease marks can be dealt with using a soft, lint-free swlightly damp cloth and 1:1 solution of window cleaner and water. Use soft paper towel to remove drying marks. Avoid wetting the surface too much and ensure that any moisture is cleaned up immediately to prevent it from penetrating any unprotected or exposed edges.

When cleaning any matt finishes it is imperative that you not use abrasive cleaners, particular those such as scouring pads, scrubbing brushes, steel wool, powder or liquid cleaners or bleaches, or any other type of abrasive cleaner. Steam cleaners and solvents will also damage the finish.





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