A matte finish or paint will absorb light and lack glossiness. In terms of cabinet finishes, matte is an unusual choice, though in recent years it has become a feature of many minimalist-looking, contemporary kitchens. One advantage of a matte finish on kitchen cabinets is that it will show dirt far less than a glossy or satin finish, though they can be harder to clean, as glossy finishes tend to clean up more easily.

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