Glossy finishes are giving way to a more sophisticated alternative, says our interior design expert James Treble.
Outside or inside, a matt finish is the way to go, says James Treble.
WHILE WE OFTEN FOCUS on colour trends, these days it’s surface finishes that are really making their mark. And, this year, it’s matt all the way. The once dominant glossy look has been pushed aside, with technology now allowing us to enjoy the more natural, toned-down beauty of matt finishes, both inside and outside our homes.
Matt bathroom basins allow the shape of the vessel to shine rather than the finish. The new matt basins come in a range of whites, blacks and earthy colours to more subtle pastel shades like soft pink. Soft whites and black basins with a matt finish are also popular, giving basins a more understated, natural look and feel.
If you’re starting a build, renovating or looking to refresh the outside of your home, then consider products with a matt finish. An exciting new arrival in the building and renovation market is Colorbond Steel Matt, which is a softer more subtle look than its glossy cousin. It offers new designer opportunities in both external wall cladding and roofing with five colours available, from light to dark, including my personal fave, Basalt.
Once, gloss tiles were the go-to for bathrooms and interiors, but they’re no longer the only kid on the block now. Matt tiles create interesting, understated surfaces that absorb light and come with a low-maintenance finish. This allows the shape, texture and pattern of the tile to be the feature, instead of relying on the gloss level to create that wow-factor.
Rachel Gilding, strategic designer at Beaumont Tiles, says that with their textural finish, matt tiles are not only beautiful but add a touch of sleek, glamorous sophistication to a space. “They’re also low-slip and low-glare – making them perfect for wet areas and outdoor use,” she adds. “Their muted finish means they’re easier to keep clean, as they don’t show residue or wipe marks as easily as their gloss-finished cousins.”