The term matte is used to describe finishes that lack the reflective and glossy properties of gloss. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there are various options to choose from when it comes to matte finishes. For instance, painted finishes can be matte, which means they lack shine. There are even veneers that will dry to a matte finish. However, some people oppose the use of matte finishes because they can make a project appear unfinished.
While a matte finish can give a raw, natural look to a project, leaving cabinets with a matte finish may make them look like they are still a work-in-progress. However, some people appreciate matte finishes because they are less likely to show smears and other marks associated with use. Alternatively, a satin finish can provide similar benefits while still giving a completed look to a project.