While laminates are incredibly versatile, there are many factors you need to consider before settling on one.
Laminates need no introduction. This hardy overlay is often used to fortify cabinetry and flooring, and can mimic the look of high-end materials such as hardwood and marble. Yet, for all that it does, it remains an extremely affordable option, making it an essential component in home décor and design.
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But, like other materials, it all comes down to how it applies and looks in the home. Here are 4 tips to help you pick out the right laminate for your interiors!
1. Consider your colours, finishing and textures
That teal cabinetry that you have bookmarked for inspiration? While it might look good in theory, it might be as practical in application. At the end of the day, laminate colours, finishing and textures do play a part in how your spaces look.
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Case in point: You can make a room larger visually with lighter laminates in a glossy finish. However, they will be much tougher to clean in comparison to, say, a darker, matte alternative as the latter is far more resistant to scratches and stains.
Lamitak has a comprehensive selection that caters to these different requirements. With over 400 laminate designs to choose from, it’s actually quite easy to discover a laminate that can be perfectly fitted to your décor and style aspirations.
2. Check up on the laminate’s specifications
Remember that no two laminates are made the same. Each will come with its own set of specifications, including:
- Resistance to heat, scratch, stains, impact and water
- Anti-microbial properties
Admira’s collection of High Pressure Laminates (HPL) are especially hardy. Other than that, their laminates also have anti-microbial properties and are eco-friendly!
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3. Think about your application and patterns
Because it’s such a versatile material, you can use laminates in different applications. From kitchen cabinets to your TV feature wall, it’s all possible.
And naturally, you’d want the centrepieces to be the main focus, which is where the choice of patterns come into play. Arova’s selection comes in a variety of unique wood and stone textures that aren’t just cost-effective, but also realistic in looks!
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4. Test and feel laminates in real life
A photo is not enough to go by, especially in the case of laminates. Because of the way your home is lighted, you might not be able to replicate the same effect. That’s why it’s best to see it in person at a showroom – not only to get a better gauge of how it looks in different lighting conditions, but to also test out underfoot experience and sound resistance too!
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However, showroom-hopping does take up a considerable amount of time. Alternatively, you can now choose material samples based on the style you would like to achieve and have it delivered to your doorsteps for FREE within 3 working days.
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