Laminate has had a bit of a bad rep in the past, but that’s all changed nowadays. As processes become more sophisticated, we at Kitchen Makeovers can confirm that laminate is now very much back in vogue. In this article, we look at 10 kitchens with unbelievable laminate countertops.
What are laminate countertops?
Laminate is an affordable alternative to more expensive materials such as wood or marble and is created by fusing plastic with paper or particleboard. This versatile material can be used for tables, chairs and countertops and can be made to look almost identical to more expensive options – at a fraction of the cost.
10 kitchens with unbelievable laminate countertops
1. Stone effect
Faux stone is very much having a moment right now – particularly with those who enjoy a more rustic design to their kitchen. Neat and hardwearing, this is an excellent choice for those who prefer a neutral decor to their kitchen – although this type of laminate countertop is available in a number of colour options, including grey, brown and cream.
2. Marble effect
Marble is an excellent way of adding instant class and glamour to your kitchen – but it can be pricey. Marble effect laminate allows you to achieve the same elegant look for your kitchen at a fraction of the price. Unlike natural marble, you won’t have to worry about staining or cracking your faux countertop, as laminate is extremely forgiving and incredibly easy to clean.
3. Sparkle effect
For homeowners that prefer a bit more glamour in the kitchen, sparkle effect laminate is the perfect solution. Glitzy and glam but still tough and easy to clean, this is a great option if you’re going for the best-dressed kitchen award – and this kind of laminate is available in a wide range of colours and patterns. Go bold with a black starry night sparkle, or opt for a more subtle sheen in a lighter shade, depending on your decor.
4. Wood effect
Another great rustic-style option for the kitchen is the wood-style laminate countertop, and with these, you’re spoilt for choice as they come in a wide range of colours and patterns to match your decor. Inexpensive and easy to clean, a good quality wood-effect laminate countertop looks just like the real thing – but without the hefty price tag. In 2022, the driftwood style pictured is bang on trend and will suit most kitchen styles.
5. Colour pop
If you’re looking to make more of a statement with your kitchen decor, choosing a brightly coloured laminate is an excellent way of adding fun and interest to your kitchen. Available in every colour of the rainbow, coloured laminate is tough, easy to clean, and sure to become a talking point among your guests.
6. Copper effect
Copper is a trendy choice for the modern kitchen, but it doesn’t come cheap. Copper effect laminate is a purse-friendly alternative to the real thing and can help to elevate your kitchen design without breaking the bank. This is a great choice for adding depth and interest to your kitchen.
7. Mosaic effect
If plain countertops aren’t your thing, why not go for a stunning and unusual mosaic effect? These can look great in a kitchen and can be found in a number of patterns and colours. Unlike mosaic tiles, you won’t need to worry about cleaning those annoying joins or live in fear of cracking the tiles, as laminate is super tough and really easy to keep clean.
8. Glass effect
With a high gloss, glass-like finish, this laminate gives a clean and clear aspect to your kitchen and can even make the room look larger as it reflects the light. Unlike real glass, this type of laminate is simple to clean and is tough and durable to keep your kitchen looking great for years to come.
9. Waterfall effect
One of the biggest trends right now is the waterfall effect. This is achieved by covering not just the countertop but also the sides of your units in your chosen fish to achieve a waterfall aesthetic. Needless to say, this can get pretty costly if you’re using materials such as wood, granite or marble but is relatively inexpensive when opting for a laminate countertop.
10. Brass effect
A burnished brass effect countertop can add warmth and depth to your room, but the real thing can be expensive and a hassle to maintain. Brass effect laminate is a great substitute as it looks great, but it is much cheaper and easier to keep clean over time.
Why choose a laminate countertop?
At Kitchen Makeovers, our qualified and experienced professionals are experts in refreshing and updating kitchens without the time, hassle and expense that comes from a complete kitchen refit. A complete refit can take up to six weeks and cost between £5,000 and £14,000, which is out of reach for many people.
Kitchen Makeovers offers a solution through kitchen refacing. This is a process in which, instead of tearing out your entire kitchen, we instead simply replace countertops, cupboard doors and handles, drawer fronts and pulls and more. This method has a number of benefits, including:
- Cost – We use high-quality laminate materials to replace countertops and other facades, giving you the same great look but at a fraction of the cost.
- Functionality – Laminate is an incredibly versatile material which is hardwearing and easy to clean – making it much easier to maintain than other materials like wood, granite or marble.
- Time – Often, our dedicated team can complete your kitchen makeover in less than a week – often in a few days.
- Disruption – Unlike a complete kitchen refit, we won’t usually need to turn off your water or electricity, so there’ll be minimum disruption to you and your family.
Value added impacts
We all want our homes to look great, but many simply don’t have the budget for extensive renovation projects and expensive materials.
When it comes to our kitchens, which are often the heart of the home, not only is it important to have a functional and stylish room for your family to relax in, but keeping your kitchen looking great can also add value to your home as this is one of the rooms that a potential buyer will pay close attention to.
Similarly, estate agents and surveyors say that the state of a kitchen will have a considerable impact on their valuation of a home.
Our friendly and experienced team can help figure out the best option for your new laminate countertops. We will always provide a comprehensive and transparent quote and offer great advice on options to suit your requirements and budget.
Kitchen Makeovers offers the perfect solution to hitting refresh on your countertops without wiping out your bank account, whatever size or shape your kitchen is, and how little or big your budget is.