Without a light-reflecting gloss, it is possible to see the true tone and depth of colour in a material, which might otherwise be hidden behind a high shine.
Today, a matte finish is seen as an understated and sophisticated choice, and is evident everywhere from the handmade crockery used to serve up your eggs benedict in the local cafe to the unpolished floorboards in your office.
Many interior designers and architects are specifying matte finishes both indoors and out. Concrete floors are given an industrial style, muted finish, which also has the added benefit of ease of use, as it will hide any imperfections. Similarly, the use of boardform concrete continues to be on trend, giving a raw, yet natural look that works for both interiors and exteriors.
Raw metals, allowed to patina over time, lend warmth and colour to this aesthetic, as do tiles, which are also very effective in a matte finish. Rather than lending gloss to a space, they can instead provide soft colour and texture.
The latest addition to the COLORSTEEL® range, Matte offers a roofing and cladding option for homes that carries this same sense of tailored elegance. Unlike gloss, semi-gloss or even low-gloss surfaces, COLORSTEEL® Matte has a soft, textured aesthetic and a depth of colour not seen in other products.
Currently available in one of the most popular colours on the COLORSTEEL® wheel, FlaxPod®, and new TidalDrift®, a smoky charcoal grey released especially for this range, the product uses new microwrinkle paint technology to evenly diffuse light, creating a lustred surface that has both depth and subtlety. These darker colours take a matte finish well, as dark tones absorb light rather than reflecting it, adding to the intensity of the hue.
COLORSTEEL® Matte is ideal for roofing, wall cladding, fascia and rainwater applications. Especially effective in a tray profile, it is also available in trapezoidal and corrugated profiles.
The end result is a look that treads the line between urban sophistication and a refined industrial palette, pairing well with metals, concrete formwork, unpolished timbers, and stone.
To learn more check out the COLORSTEEL® Matte Brochure