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Choose the right material for your kitchen fronts

Functionality and aesthetics combined: A decision-making aid for your kitchen planning

When planning or renovating your new kitchen, choosing the right material for the fronts plays a decisive role. The fronts not only determine the aesthetic appearance, but they are also crucial for the functionality and durability of the kitchen. Real materials such as wood, metal, lacquer or cement are the perfect choice for kitchen lovers with very high standards. However, there are also high-quality reproductions of many real materials that are in no way inferior to the authentic original.

Why is the choice of material for kitchen fronts so important?
The fronts significantly determine the appearance and thus the ambiance of the entire kitchen. Wooden fronts appear natural and cosy, while lacquer fronts create a modern and exclusive atmosphere. It is important to choose a kitchen front that you will still like after several years. Although it is possible to replace the fronts, this involves time and cost.

It is best to view front samples in a kitchen speciality store or kitchen studio. Here, touching is not only allowed but encouraged, as touching the fronts evokes individual tactile sensations. Some people prefer the warmth and authentic grain of wood, while others prefer smooth surfaces like glass or stainless steel.

We present various options to make your decision for your kitchen fronts a little easier. These materials are not only aesthetic but also take your budget into account.

Wood in the kitchen

Wood as a natural and pure product conveys warmth and comfort. The natural variations in colour and structure, visible in the grain, are part of the wood. This natural material, used in the kitchen with high craftsmanship quality, gives it charm and character. The real wood front LEGNO in oak champagne looks elegant and homely at the same time. Here, in combination with SOFT LACK in deep blue, the kitchen becomes a highlight in the living area.

Authentic metal

Real metal fronts give the kitchen a distinctive authenticity: Several layers of a mixture of metal particles, resins and paint are applied to the base of a wood-based panel and sealed with a clear lacquer. The result is also impressive due to its magnetic effect. The FERRO blue steel creates an impression of cool elegance with its real metal front, which, in combination with SOFT LACK in arctic white soft matte, receives a bright and light touch.

Natural stone material in the kitchen

Stone is an unadulterated, genuine natural material that exudes stability and durability. Natural variations in colour and texture are unmistakable features. The surface creates a slightly rough feel that emphasises the exceptional character of this material. In sandstone cream, the real stone front CANTERA here meets SOFT LACK in sepia brown. CANTERA consists of a quartz-dolomite mixture and has an unusual feel.

Cement kitchen front

The feel of this surface is created by irregular depressions in a wood-based panel. It is then coated by hand with cement, silica and paint and additionally sealed with a clear lacquer afterwards. Robust beauty for particularly contrasting combinations. Here, value is placed on high-quality materials: The real cement front PORTLAND in cement anthracite becomes a special eye-catcher with LEGNO in oak truffle.

Nolte Kuechen Blog: Tips and tricks - The real cement front PORTLAND in cement anthracite becomes a special eye-catcher with the LEGNO front in oak truffle.

Real lacquer: high gloss or soft matte

High-gloss real lacquer fronts are lacquered several times and then polished to achieve a closed and particularly smooth surface. In addition to high-gloss fronts, there are fronts with soft matte real lacquer. The latter impress with their interesting feel. In graphite high gloss, the real lacquer front NOVA LACK harmonises perfectly with the LEGNO in real wood oak champagne.

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Glass - Luxurious and homely

A safety glass pane painted on the back is glued over the entire surface onto the high-quality base material. The glass front, with its highest durability, gives the kitchen a modern transparency and spaciousness. The GLAS TEC PLUS front not only gives this kitchen an extremely elegant touch, but it is also very easy to care for. The surfaces are easy and quick to clean, so traces or residues from cooking remain completely invisible.

Nolte Kuechen blog article: Tips and tricks - Kitchen materials at a glance. Here the Glas Tec real glass front.

The all-rounder in the kitchen - laminate

A high-quality, soft matte laminate surface with anti-fingerprint properties that is characterised by very high resistance. This combination of MANHATTAN UNI in the trendy colour black green and MANHATTAN volcanic oak is a real eye-catcher with its natural colour nuances.


Lacquer laminate: Stylish and robust

An extremely smooth surface and optimal durability are characteristic of lacquer laminate. The fronts consist of a wood-based panel whose coating was lacquered during the production process. Whether high-gloss or soft matte, according to taste. The FEEL in platinum grey looks timelessly elegant with the combination of a dark worktop and minimalist handles. The soft matte surface creates a calm, puristic overall impression.


Summary of the most important criteria for selecting your fronts:


Colour selection: The choice of kitchen fronts will influence the appearance for many years. Therefore, consider whether the current trend colour will still appeal in the long term, or whether a more understated option would be a better choice. Alternatively, you can use your favourite colour as an accent by designing only individual cabinets in this tone.

Maintenance: An important aspect is how easy the surfaces are to clean and whether they are waterproof. While plastic fronts, stainless steel or glass are easy to clean, real wood fronts require regular maintenance with oil to preserve their attractive appearance.

Durability: In households with young children, the kitchen must be robust enough to withstand knocks and abrasions. Sensitive materials such as glass or foil fronts are less suitable here. Robust plastic fronts made of laminate are recommended in such cases. You can find our entire range of kitchen fronts in our product overview.

We hope you enjoy making your selection!

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