Designer Leanne Ford of Restored by the Fords explains how to incorporate Formica into your home — no matter your style.   

Leanne Ford Standing
Credit: Formica

In case you haven’t heard, Formica is about to be the new trend in home design (sorry, shiplap!). Designer Leanne Ford, star of the show Restored by the Fords on HGTV, shared with us how to use Formica in super surprising ways that look stylish and high end. Prepare to be surprised by all the clever ways you can use this material in your home.

Whether your home is farmhouse (more on that style later) or modern, you can use Formica in all style homes. Check out Ford's ultra clever ways to use it in your space:

  • A countertop in the white painted wood pattern, complemented by a backsplash in Weathered Beamwood with a natural woodgrain finish.
  • A sliding door in Formica Writable Surfaces in the ImagiGrid design so people can write messages.
  • DecoMetal Metal Laminate in the Brushed Bronzetoned Aluminum pattern on a modern coffee table.
  • A stunning bed platform featuring 180fx laminate in Quartzite Bianco (as seen in the picture above).

And for you farmhouse-style lovers, Ford also has some specific tips to creating the ultimate farmhouse space with Formica accents. According to Ford, this look requires a mix of high and low style, modern and rustic, and shiny and vintage. In addition to incorporating clean lines, metallics, and high-gloss black furniture or accents, use Formica Laminate as a budget-friendly material to achieve a modern farmhouse look. She also recommends bringing in marble alternatives, such as Formica’s Calacatta Marble or Fantasy Marble; light teals, including Fossil or shades of white, including Pearl. Last but not least, she loves the DecoMetal collection, which is an easy way to dress up a traditional space with a touch of modern shine.