{6 ways to include matte in your design}

Texture and glossy finishes are out, and matte is in, according to designers like Genevieve Gorder and John Douglas Eason. Especially matte black, which is spreading from the kitchen to the rest of the house.

So, if you’re inspired to add the latest trend to your own home, here are six ways to incorporate matte into your design.

1. Chalkboard paint

Chalkboard paint exploded sometime around when Pinterest did, making it easy to find and easy on your budget. You don’t even have to draw on it, but hey, you’ve got the option.

Shelter Island fisherman

Credit: SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Shelter Island fisherman

Credit: SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C

 2. Chalk-finish painted furniture

Chalk paint is paint with chalk added into it to give it a matte texture. This, too, has become popular on Pinterest, especially among DIYers and furniture refinishers.

Seaside Style in Brentwood, TN Suburbia

Credit: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

To stay sleek, and fit the no-texture trend, choose something that hasn’t been aged or antiqued by sanding or any faux finishes. And consider using Hirshfield’s Cottage Paint.

 3. Matte tiles

A creative and practical place to use matte? How about the bathroom. These matte blue tiles look great and work well with the glass blocks, for a cool, contemporary feel that also diffuses the light in the bathroom.

Old bathroom, new style

Credit: Ehlen Creative Communications

4. Flat matte cabinets

Flat, geometric cabinets run the risk of looking like plastic, but given a matte finish, they instantly look warm and earthy. This is another kitchen photo, but you could replicate this look with any slab cabinet doors.


Credit: Apartment Therapy

5. Matte appliances

Some people feel this is where the trend started. Matte black appliances and contemporary white cabinets certainly create a sleek, chic look in the kitchen.

Smudge proof stainless steel appliances

Credit: Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding

6. Matte black cars

The trend even stretches to cars. There are so many sleek, matte black cars that the internet is full of Tumblr blogs devoted to them. If that’s not proof of a trend, what is?


So, how might you incorporate matte into your home? Will you start with chalkboard paint, refinish some furniture, buy matte tile, or paint your car?

You can visit your favorite Hirshfield’s location in Minnesota, Wisconsin or North Dakota for design inspiration — although we may have a hard time helping you with the car!

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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