Trending Now: Laminate Countertops

With the past decade’s countertop trend leaning heavily on granite and solid surface materials, many have forgotten about the economical and DIY- friendly laminate countertop so popular for so many years. Laminate has made a tremendous leap forward in design, with patterns and colors now available that closely resemble more expensive materials like travertine, granite, butcher block, and even stainless steel. Wilsonart and Formica are long-time and reputable manufacturers with huge offerings. Installing and resurfacing laminate countertops is easy and inexpensive for DIYers. This is not your Grandma’s laminate countertop. Check out the new and surprising options available in laminate these days.

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  1. Granite Alternative


    Love the look of granite but not the high price? Wilsonart's Winter Carnival may be the answer. This luxurious large-scale exotic Brazilian granite-look design brings an exotic edge to the company's High Definition collection.

  2. Looks Like Quartz


    Made with AEON Enhanced Performance Technology, which provides an extra protective layer, Wilsonart’s Crystalline Onyx laminate features a medium-scale quartz/marble effect in warm grey and beige hues.

  3. Faux Metal


    Give your counters the look of metal at a more affordable price with Nevamar’s Silver Alu Metalx laminate. This easy-to-maintain metal-like surface is available through local dealers and universally appealing to those who love clean, streamlined design.

  4. Upscale Formica


    Make a statement with Formica’s Dolce Vita 180fx countertop product, which captures the true scale and visual drama of a granite slab. Made with advanced printing technology, the laminates in the collection reproduce exotic stone and granite patterns with unmatched realism in an overall five-foot span.

  5. Pionite


    Introduce the look of a granulated engineered stone counter with this laminate from Pionite’s abstract collection. The surfaces come in a wide range of hues from the crystalline black of Graphite Talc to the icy white of Ivory Cirrus to the subtlety of Blue Sandstone, shown.

  6. Modern Wood


    For the modernist, nothing compares to the Minimal Due surface from Poliform’s Varenna collection. The sleek limed wood look merges high design with practicality and brings a touch of warmth to the minimalist kitchen.

  7. Minerals


    For an organic look with luxe shine, craft your counters from Formica’s new Mineral Terra laminate surface with Radiance finish. The shimmering smooth glass effect is penetrated with a texture of 3D holographic facets that refract and reflect light.

  8. Butcher Block


    Recreate the look of a butcher-block countertop at a fraction of the price with Pionite’s Select Butcher Block laminate pattern. The easy-care surface can be cleaned with mild soap and water without the need for special treatments or sealers.

  9. Luxurious


    Give your kitchen the rich, earthy character of travertine counters on a budget with Formica’s Travetine Gold laminate (from the 180fx collection). The honed Etchings finish adds depth to the alternating cream, caramel, and gray colors of the vein-cut travertine pattern.

  10. Modern Scandinavian


    For a clean, crisp Scandinavian look, consider IKEA's Numerär double-sided countertop in white or dark gray with a wood-effect edge. The moisture-, heat-, and scratch-resistant, high-pressure melamine laminate has a 25-year limited warranty.

  11. For more...


    If you are looking for more on kitchen planning and countertop options, consider:


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    Extreme How-To

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