Kitchen Design – Finishes

There are numerous kitchen finishes, textures & colours that can be used for your doors & panels in your new kitchen.

They are all good but many are misinformed about the quality of the amazing range available.

For example the word laminate seems to be inferior in the minds of many people but this is not true, some of our most glamorous kitchens are done in quality melamine & laminate finishes. I will walk you through as simply as I can each finish so you can be better informed.

The finishes are:

  • Laminate
  • Melamine
  • Vacuum Sealed
  • Polyurethane
  • Hand Painted
  • Plastic
  • Stainless Steel
  • Timber
  • Timber Veneer
  • New Age Veneer


When people say laminate kitchen, in most cases it is really Melamine. Melamine is the colour part of the laminate. It is laid up on a board so it can be cut to any size and edged to make doors and panels. Companies like Laminex Industries Polytech & Wilsonart make laid up board so factories can streamline production and keep the finished costs down. Melamine is the least expensive finish and is hardy.


Laminate doors and panels have the full thickness of the laminate laid up on the doors and panels individually. The process takes longer and costs more but the finished product is the toughest of them all. We call this fully laid up laminated doors or laid up with high pressure laminate, as the laminate on the doors and panels are, the same as the laminate on a benchtop surface. The range in colour & texture is enormous because in laminate everything you see on a display board can be used. (Melamine board is a selection of the most popular colours). Some of the most stunning kitchens you will ever see could be laminate.

The companies who make these laminates are:

  • Laminex Industries
  • Polytech
  • Wilsonart (American)
  • Duropal (German)
  • Abet Laminati (Italian)