Advantages of Gray
Gray is a common occurrence in modern kitchens. Namely because gray goes well with almost every color with which it is paired. In fact, some people think that adding a gray finish is one of the best methods to add contrast and depth to a kitchen.
Gray is so adept that it gives the designer freedom in every category from transitional, to modern, and even traditional. The fact that there are over 50 shades of gray (hehe) is what enables this color to harmonize so well with others. By choosing the correct shade you can add elements of brightness for a cozy ambiance or keep it monochromatic for a more modern look.
Benefits of Matte
One benefit of a matte cabinet door is that imperfections such as fingerprints and scratches are a lot less obvious than on cabinets that have a gloss finish. This is not to say that they do not appear at all, they do, but it is much less noticeable.
Furthermore, the color on something with a matte finish will often appear more consistent than that of a glossy finish. This is due to the fact that light does not reflect off of a matte finish as much as it does on a glossy finish. The reflecting light can often create the illusion of different shades.
Disadvantages of Matte
A cabinet door with a matte finish soaks up light instead of reflecting it. This results in a less vibrant look. You should also be aware of the fact that matte cabinet doors do not reflect any light, so they will not help to make your space feel any bigger. This means that matte is often chosen for a large spaces while gloss is usually picked for small spaces.
Matte cabinet fronts are not quite as easy their glossy counterparts, having said that, they are not difficult to clean. Just be sure to use a microfiber cloth so that you do not scratch your cabinets.
If you're using a laminate material for your cabinets, make sure that you check out samples carefully and that the material has a smooth finish. Some matte-finish laminates have a texture to them, this means that there are plenty of nooks and crannies for dirt and dust to hide in. However, this should not stop you from buying textured laminates because they can look spectacular in the kitchen. Just be aware of the pro and cons between them.