Which sheen for new kitchen table-matte or gloss?

mommy2fourApril 13, 2011

It's taken me forever but I've finally decided on a table and chair style made by Saloom Furniture Company. I've decided on all the options except for the sheen level applied to the finish color.

The table is maple and I chose an ebony finish for the table base/apron and chair frame, and a honey finish for the table top and chair seat.

The sheen options offered are

-matte (a near zero gloss level)

-satin (a medium sheen level)

-gloss (a high gloss sheen)

I've seen the samples of all three and the gloss was not really shiny even tho it says high gloss.

I've eliminated the matte sheen because the company doesn't recommend it on dark finishes like ebony because it shows fingerprints and smudges more easily.

This dining table set will be in my kitchen area and with seven of us in the house it will get a lot of use. My initial inkling was to do a satin finish but the dealer I am buying from recommends the gloss, she thinks it looks nicer so it was more of a personal opinion. I told her I thought the satin would be a little more forgiving with scratches than the gloss. The dealer agreed and said I could always mix the sheens and do the table top in satin and the base in gloss but I'm not sure I want to do that. I have a traditional cherry Thomasville dining room set in my dining room that has a gloss finish so that makes me think the gloss will look more formal. Since this is in my kitchen which is open to my family room, I chose more of a transitional style (it is a boat shaped table with a crescent base) and I am wondering if one sheen would look better than the other considering the style. I'm sure either would be fine I just can't make a decision on this. I would really appreciate some recommendations!

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Fori is not pleased

I think the black would show a lot more fingerprints in a gloss--are you sure the dealer didn't have that backwards?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 5:20PM
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Never use high sheen in a high usage surface. Matte will show less of your daily usage. I do agree it would look great (black) in a high sheen, but would show usage very soon. Are there other colors other than black avail. that you like?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 5:36PM
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Thanks for your input!

Fori - I would think glossy would show fingerprints too but yes, I'm sure that's what she said and even on the company's website it states they don't recommend the matte on dark finishes because of that.

Louis - There are many other colors but I am pretty set on the black/honey combination. The table top and chair seats(which will get most of the use) will have the honey finish and the table base and chair frame will be in black, which they call ebony.

I'm thinking the satin finish may be the safest finish of the three options...

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 5:59PM
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