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Nature Inspires Surfacing Options

Popular for its cleanability, durability and nearly endless array of color and pattern options, solid surface has long been a kitchen favorite that can be used in numerous applications from countertops and backsplashes to wall treatments, shelves, kitchen stools and more. With nature-inspired colors and textures trending right now, solid surface offers myriad design options that add warmth and functionality to the kitchen.

Laminate remains a budget-friendly option that consumers and designers enjoy for its design flexibility and ability to mimic the look of natural materials like wood or stone at a fraction of the cost. And, for those who want something a bit more dramatic, laminate can be personalized through new technology that allows for a wealth of custom options.

Below are some of the latest trends in solid surface and laminate right now.

–Nature continues to inspire solid surface looks, with marble and other natural stone looks seeing strong interest.

–Lighter colors and warmer, textured whites remain hot for solid surface and laminate countertops, while playful splashes of bright and bold color are also seeing some interest.

–On the other end of the spectrum, new technology allows laminates to offer personalized designs that incorporate photos, unique designs or other elements that speak to the individual tastes and personality of the homeowner.

–Texture, both physical and visual, continues to be a hot trend, with matte looks, leathered surfaces and other textural elements all the rage. Both solid surface and laminates are also offering an increasing array of options for incorporating visual texture into a design.

–Laminate’s budget-friendly offerings remain popular with those looking to enjoy the look of wood, stone or other natural materials while keeping to a tighter budget. Solid surface remains in demand for its easy-care properties and ability to be used in a wide array of applications beyond just the countertop.

–The mix-and-match trend continues to drive interest in kitchens that combine different surfacing materials – quartz, solid surface and butcher block, or laminate, granite and glass – allowing homeowners to maximize fashion and function while splurging in some areas and being more budget conscious elsewhere in the kitchen.

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