The Best Laminate COUNTERTOPS on a Budget
Do you want your countertops to look like travertine, marble or concrete without the MAINTENANCE or cost? Some of my most POPULAR bathrooms and kitchens on my Pinterest profile are those with laminate countertops – not quartz, not granite, but LAMINATE! And while I’ve already done a blog post on how AWESOME the new laminate countertops are, I want to go in a bit closer here with a few of my faves…
And just so you know, I’m not getting paid to promote any of the products that I’ve shown you on this page. I pay myself in wine, Starbucks and self high-fives.
PROS TO LAMINATE OR FORMICA COUNTERTOPS
- CONSIDERABLY more affordable than quartz or granite, often 3-5 times less expensive
- TONS of options that mimic the look of marble, stone and more
- you can keep your existing sink if it happens to be standard (not undermount)
- some can be combined in a kitchen with a quartz island (mix and match, as shown below)
- look awesome with a subway tile backsplash for a modern look
See this whole project HERE
CONS TO LAMINATE OR FORMICA COUNTERTOPS
- will stain or scratch if you work at it (but are made to be pretty hardy for the price)
- any open ends will have a visible seam
- while there are those who’ve installed an under-mount sink, it’s generally not recommended
LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS THAT LOOK LIKE MARBLE
I LOVE the look of an authentic marble countertop, I DON’T love the maintenance of it – momma wants to put her red wine glass down wherever she wants! And while quartz countertops offer GREAT looking alternatives without the maintenance, they still come with a hefty price. And while laminate countertop isn’t as HARDY as quartz, it’s a fraction of the price and WICKED pretty in the right space.
Formica Calacatta Marble is one of my faves as it gives a SUPER modern look, similar to marble without the MAINTENANCE. With the square wrap profile on the front, it’s got the look of marble for under $400! If you want the reverse look, so black base with white/gray veining, check out Formica Jet Sequoia.
See all of this bathroom HERE
A well-chosen laminate countertop can look stunning while coming in at a FRACTION of the price of quartz or granite, and I’m not talking about hundreds of dollars, I’m talking THOUSANDS of dollars (particularly in a kitchen). While there are some ‘affordable’ lines of quartz and granite out there, but they don’t come ANYWHERE near the reduced price of laminate.
REMEMBER, countertops usually come in a VARIETY of finishes (matte, etched, honed, etc…) so make sure you see your OPTIONS before you order!
FORMICA CARRARA BIANCO
If you don’t love the more graphic veining in Calacatta Marble, you might like the more subtle approach of Carrara Bianco. You’ll see that it has less/black gray in it and has a subtle gray veining with a violet undertone (remember, every gray has undertones!)
Paint Colour Sherwin Williams Pure White
LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS THAT LOOK LIKE CONCRETE
It’s hard to beat the organic look of real concrete countertops, but you have to be happy with the fact that they’ll stain easy and require yearly maintenance. For MUCH less money and stress, you can get the look without the work!
ARBORITE INUKSHUK GRAY
Inukshuk Gray is one of my fave countertops for an organic, natural look. While this next project shows Inukshuk Gray in a matte finish, you can also get it in a glossy finish if you prefer a more polished look…
If you look at a sample up-close, you’ll see that it has small white flecks in it for visual interest.
LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS THAT LOOK LIKE STONE OR TRAVERTINE
I know that MANY of you curse your early 2000s travertine tile, but if you ask me, I think travertine is a GORGEOUS product – warm, textured and a great way to add interest to a space. In fact, I’d go so far as to pick up that look on my countertops!
SILVER TRAVERTINE BY FORMICA
Formica Travertine Silver is a beautiful laminate with a range of greige and warm tones. This countertop often works with bathrooms with almond and bone fixtures as it has some of those colours in it.
I’ve had clients want to use Silver Travertine in kitchens, but because of the strong linear veining, it doesn’t look good on countertops that aren’t one piece (where the slab meets in the corner the lines/pattern of the countertop gets pretty mismatched). However, in a bathroom with its straight-run of countertop, it’s a beautiful choice, particularly if your floor tile is more subdued.
Vanity colour Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray
LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS THAT ARE VERSATILE FOR THOSE TRICKIER PROJECTS
When updating a home, it’s not always feasible to replace EVERY surface. This means you’re often working with tiles, bathroom fixtures or finishes that aren’t EXACTLY what you had in mind. Luckily, there are a few countertops that help transition outdated finishes into a new decade.
MINERAL JET BY FORMICA
First up, let’s check out Mineral Jet. This is a great countertop if you have some warmer finishes in your room, as along with black, it has a soft bit of brown and gray as well, making it quite flexible…
FORMICA EBONY OXIDE OR WILSONART OILED SOAPSTONE
Black is often a popular choice for those wanting to update a space without having to do EVERY surrounding finish. Mineral Jet (above), Ebony Oxide and Oiled Soapstone are great examples of black countertops that still have visual interest.
Because I rely 100% on my Online Paint Color Consulting clients for their photos, giving you REAL HOMES with REAL BUDGETS, I don’t have photos of all of my faves. So, if you’re looking for a laminate countertop that’s flexible but WARMER, check out…
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WRITTEN IN 2017, COMPLETELY CHANGED & UPDATED IN 2021