Once upon a time, Formica laminate was the only option for kitchen countertops. Then, it fell out of favor with homeowners as granite soared in popularity.
But as with many previous trends, Formica is back. In fact, Architectural Digest even ran a story on its re-emergence. So, Formica is actually cool again.
But today’s Formica isn’t that shiny mid-century design you may remember. Now, Formica countertops come in patterns and edge options that make them nearly indistinguishable from real granite or marble — until you touch it.
In recognition of the new interest in laminates, Formica Corporation recently teamed up with Leanne Ford, an interior designer and star of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords,” to launch the Formica Brand Capsule Collection, a curated set of Formica surfacing products perfect for the luxury home.
“The Formica Brand Capsule Collection features surfaces that are inspired by natural elements and neutral colors and can be used to create a timeless space,” said Ford. “I love the aesthetics and functionality of these surfaces. There is something for everyone.”
The collection includes four new Formica laminate designs: Nero Marquina (a black design based on marble from the region of Markina in the north of Spain); White Knotty Maple (a raw and rustic natural woodgrain); Pietra Grafite (a classic gray stone with white veining); and Planked Raw Oak (a light Scandinavian-style woodgrain). There are also metallics and designs with recycled leather veneers.
“I like to mix materials in my designs and try new things in unexpected ways,” said Ford. She suggests using the DecoMetal laminates to create a glamorous headboard or the dECOLeather to create shelving in a home office.
Prices range from $19 to $25 per square foot installed.