What is a Matte
The term matte is a descriptive word used to describe cabinet finishes that do not shine or gloss. Cabinetry can have a matte appearance due to the natural properties of the wood used, but there are also products like stains, paints, and veneer that can make almost any wood end up with a matte appearance.
Matte finishes add a raw and natural quality to the finished project. Many people choose to buy matte cabinets due to the "unfinished" and rugged look they help to achieve. One functional advantage of matte finishes on cabinets is that they are much less prone to showing smears and dirty fingerprints. Those fond of the matte finish should also consider the Satin finishes which achieve a similar final aesthetic.