Today’s gallery theme is high gloss kitchens. Too many high gloss finishes in a space can make it confusing and busy – but done right reflective surfaces can help create a calm and ethereal mood:
I suppose a lot depends on the kitchen – and on what there is to reflect:
This satiny finish reflects light and color without the harshness of mirrors – but then perhaps the apartment is so minimal there is nothing to reflect?
This example, via the cutting edge kitchen blog Kitchen Design Think Tank, had me thinking there was some fascinating texture on the floor – until I realized it is simply a scattering of sporks. That could just be a bit of a health-and-safety issue – best not to try it at home:
This last one is down right blingy (if that’s not an oxymoron). The reflection in the cabinets is so perfect I can’t even figure out what the finish is:
That wall of polished subway tile is certainly dramatic – but it does hurt my eyes to look at for too long. The problems caused by confusing reflections off glossy surfaces are supposed to be one of the things that get worse with age and deteriorating eyesight – perhaps I’m just too old to truly appreciate this design? I’ve always had a feeling high-gloss is a bit of a man thing – maybe it’s a youth thing too?