Surprise—Laminate Countertops Are Cool Again, Thanks to This Designer Collection
If you haven't checked out Formica countertops in a while, it's time to give them a second look. Formica may call to mind the gray speckled surfaces of kitchens past, but in recent years, the material has undergone a major makeover. Last April, we were excited to learn that interior designer Leanne Ford, from the HGTV show Restored by the Fords, was collaborating with Formica to show how this surprising surface can make a practical alternative to white marble. Then, this week the designer revealed the new Formica Brand Capsule Collection, including four brand-new patterns. This special curated collection will complete change everything you thought you knew about Formica.
When we asked Ford what makes laminate stand out from other countertop options, its affordable price was at the top of her list. "Laminate wins on price, every time," she says, "so you can get the look of elements you might not otherwise be able to afford." With patterns that resemble white marble and knotty maple, the capsule collection offers many look-a-likes for popular materials. And the second reason? "Most of these surfaces are pretty much indestructible, which people love." Indestructible and affordable—what's not to love? Check out a few favorites from the capsule collection, below.
1 Formica's New Luxe Look
All the visual proof you need that Formica can look seriously stylish: just check out this gorgeous countertop in the brand-new pattern Nero Marquina. Inspired by black marble extracted in Northern Spain, this high-contrast design delivers drama to any kitchen.
2 The Stone Look-a-Like
For those who have always wanted a light stone countertop, but have messy families that couldn't handle this easy-to-stain surface, laminate could be the answer. Formica's new pattern Pietra Grafite is a light gray stone with subtle white veining for a natural look. The surface looks as elegant as stone, but it will hold up much better to spills.
3 Beyond the Countertop
Remember back in the day, when Formica was used not only on countertops, but also tables and chairs? Well, the durable material is still used on coffee tables, drawer fronts, and more. Here, Nero Marquina is shown on a cubed coffee table, which you can replicate in any size you like. This faux marble stunner makes a modern living room look high-end.