By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost. Retro, mid-century looks like the ubiquitous boomerang and bright, saturated colors are other trendy choices to consider.
This laminate countertop was produced with advanced printing technology to closely mimic natural slate, complete with ivory and green veining. The surface is available in five finish options. Shown: 180fx Slate Sequoia. Photo courtesy of Formica Corporation
The best of both worlds: These laminate surfaces mimic creamy taupe marble and dramatic black marble for a luxurious appearance rich with contrast. Shown: Calcutta Marble and Black Alicante. Photo courtesy of Wilsonart International
This laminate countertop mimics granite, with swirls of blue, brown and gold, and exotic veining. Some finishes feature subtle clefts and fissures for added realism. Shown: 180fx Blue Storm. Photo courtesy of Formica Corporation
Imitation Granite Countertop in Traditional White Kitchen
This granite look-alike from Wilsonart is actually laminate but unlike previous laminate countertops features a more realistic, larger stone pattern and rounded edge for a high-end granite look at a fraction of the price. Image courtesy of Wilsonart
Stylish Integrated Sink
Water-resistant laminate surfaces are ideal near the sink. A new innovation, this countertop is compatible with a seamless integrated sink for easy cleanup. Shown: Luna Winter. Photo courtesy of Wilsonart International
Pick a Color
High-pressure laminate countertop is a stylish choice that’s easy on the budget. The durable surface is available in a wide variety of colors. Shown: Mineral Ochre. Photo courtesy of Formica Corporation
Travertine-Look Solid Surface Kitchen Countertop
Travertine is synonymous with luxury, and that comes at a cost. The natural variation in the warm-colored stone is aesthetically appealing, but you may feel a little more cooly toward it once you calculate the cost of using slabs of travertine on your kitchen counters. Formica has developed a solid-surface material that is affordable (compared to the pricey natural stones) and nicely mimics their look and feel. If you’re considering travertine but want to look at a more budget-friendly option, try Formica’s solid surface countertops in Travertine Gold.
Wood Laminate Countertop
The light wood color found in the trim and ceiling is picked up again in the laminate countertop, which is durable and keeps the space feeling airy. A chrome faucet, stainless steel sink and galvanized aluminum backsplash reflect light around the kitchen.
Soapstone has been used for centuries as a countertop, and its popularity endures, as do the countertops themselves: soapstone fans swear by their durability. These slabs of stability don't come cheap, though, and while prices vary, you'll likely be looking at upwards of $80 per square foot. This laminate lookalike boasts a more realistic, natural stone look.