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 countertops that have been 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. These aren't your Grandma’s laminate countertops. Check out the new and surprising options available in laminate these days.

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  1. Granite Alternative

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

    wilsonarthd.com

  2. Looks Like Quartz

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

    wilsonart.com

  3. Faux Metal

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

    nevamar.com

  4. Upscale Formica

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

    formica.com

  5. Pionite

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    Introduce the look of a engineered stone to your kitchen with laminate countertops 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 above. 

    pionite.com

  6. Modern Wood

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    For the modernist, nothing compares to the Minimal Due surface from Poliform’s Varenna collection. The sleek faux-wood laminate countertops merge high design with practicality and brings a touch of warmth to this minimalist kitchen.

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  7. Minerals

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    For an organic look with luxe shine, try Formica’s new Mineral Terra offering in their Radiance finish. The shimmering smooth glass effect on the laminate countertops are penetrated with a texture of 3D holographic facets that refract and reflect light.

    formica.com

  8. Butcher Block

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

    pionite.com

  9. Luxurious

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

    formica.com

  10. Modern Scandinavian

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

    ikea.com

  11. For more...

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

     

    Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling

     

    Kitchen Countertops 101

     

    Top Tips: Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

    Extreme How-To

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