Score Budget-Friendly Luxury with Laminate Countertops
It's never been easier to create an opulent look for less thanks to laminate countertops.
Deciding what to splurge or save on when remodeling your kitchen? If you've already bought top-of-the-line appliances, opting for laminate countertops is a good way to save money without sacrificing style. Laminate is one of the least expensive countertop options out there—and with modern surfaces mimicking granite, wood, and even stainless steel, it's an ideal choice for homeowners wanting a luxurious look on a budget.
Find a Laminate Countertop That Looks Like Your Favorite Material
Forget about the laminate countertops you've seen in dated kitchens—today's laminate has evolved into a perfect fit for modern kitchens. Whether you're wanting the look of marble, granite, or quartz, laminate countertops are extremely versatile, and are able to give the illusion of looking distinctly like those classic, expensive materials. No matter if you're looking for a light stone or a dark wood, laminate can imitate the look of virtually any luxurious countertop.
Besides being an affordable and stylish option, laminate countertops are convenient because they require less maintenance than other materials. While granite and marble countertops require an annual protective sealing, laminate is extremely durable and usually doesn't require a routine sealing. Laminate countertops are also generally grease- and stain-resistant, and can last up to a decade with proper installation and care.
Choose a Finish
A gloss or matte finish can help complete the look of a deluxe laminate countertop. The finish is what really gives the laminate its opulent appearance, and should be chosen carefully in order to achieve your desired look.
For a kitchen that really impresses, add a high gloss finish to laminate countertops that most resemble smoother stones such as marble or granite. To achieve a butcher block or woodgrain look, try a textured gloss, which gives the grooved texture and decorative sheen of real wood.
A matte finish provides a sleek, sophisticated look for more industrial laminate countertop styles such as concrete. But use it with caution—depending on the color and style of the material, a matte finish can make a laminate countertop appear less high-end than a glossy finish. Consult with a local countertop contractor to get help deciding which finish will work best for your desired look.
Pick an Edge Style
Choosing an edge style for your countertop may seem like a minor detail—but it can make a big difference when it comes to giving your kitchen that deluxe feel.
The right countertop edge adds a classy touch and also helps mask the natural border that comes with laminate material. Oftentimes, laminate has a brown line along its border, which can ruin the illusion of looking like another material. However, this line can easily be hidden with edging, ensuring that the countertop looks as upscale as any other higher-priced material. Plus there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the right edge style for your home, from round curves to sharper angles.
Countless Styles to Choose From
Pairing the right edge style with the right material and finish can help your laminate countertops look as luxurious as any other material. A bevel edge creates a small indent along the border of the countertop, while a bullnose edge provides a smoother, more gradual curve. There's also the french cove style edge, which combines both sharp and curved edges along the countertop. Because there is such a wide variety of laminate countertop edging styles, it's a good idea to talk with a local countertop expert to decide which edge will look best with your kitchen remodel.