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Laminate Countertops Are Making a Comeback—Formica's New Line Proves It

Laminate countertops have really stepped up their game in 2024.

<p>Formica</p>

Formica

You might’ve done a double-take after reading the headline, but yes, you read it correctly—we’re predicting that laminate countertops will be the comeback kid in kitchen design over the next few years. Laminate, which is essentially just densely packed layers of high-quality paper and resin, fell out of popularity in the last few decades, but thanks to its incredibly affordable price point compared to natural stone, plus advancements in technology that have improved the look and durability of the material, we anticipate laminate will have a resurgence.

According to Formica Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of laminate, more consumers than ever are interested in the material—the brand has seen a nearly three times increase in the number of residential laminate samples requested between 2021 and 2023. (A quick search on Google Trends confirms a steady rise in interest as well.) So we were excited when Formica wanted to share with us their latest surface line, the 2024 Living Impressions Collection, in addition to decorating trend insights.

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Gerri Chmiel, senior design manager at Formica says, “As we set out to develop the 2024 Living Impressions Collection, our research found that homeowners and designers shared a preference for five style concepts: warm veining, luxury beige, dramatic black and white, concrete and wood.” This collection, which features 13 new surface patterns, really reflects what’s hot in remodeling at the moment and makes clear that laminate will be a strong contender in the renovation category. Here are three kitchen design themes Formica is seeing resonate with consumers in 2024.

Related: 10 Types of Countertops To Consider for Your Next Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

Modern Minimalism

According to Chmiel, modern minimalism is a huge trend right now in design. It’s a departure from the stark, cold features that are often associated with modernism and minimalism, and Chmiel describes it as having “warm whites and minimal patterns that are understated and soft without losing their edge.”

Sustainable Materials

In this aesthetic, reclaimed wood and artisan and upcycled pieces like salvaged metals and repurposed organic textiles take center stage as a way to temper sleek modernism—and as a way to incorporate more sustainable materials into a home. The only issue, according to Chmiel, is that sometimes these can actually be cost-prohibitive to the average consumer. Formica can offer the look within budget—and satisfy the eco-conscious customer with their sustainability initiatives.

Quiet Luxury

Quiet luxury took the world by storm last fall, and according to Formica, the style (which falls neatly under modern minimalism), isn’t going anywhere. Chmiel says, “It’s about embracing timeless design principles and minimizing consumption by choosing fewer quality items.”

She adds that we’ll see warm neutral palettes that complement more subtle design touches and elevated natural materials like veined marble and quartz. “These more muted color schemes will be highlighted by soft natural lighting, elegant brass hardware, patina finishes, and wood that stands out against an elegant, effortless backdrop,” Chmiel says.

<p>Formica</p> Shown Here: Prosecco Quartzite

Formica

Shown Here: Prosecco Quartzite

Casual Biophilic

We called biophilic design a rising trend last year and Formica agrees. They defined it as “nature-inspired elements that emulate the healing of the outdoors for indoor spaces.”

A Focus on Wellness

Health and wellness are becoming integral to design—and the brand says we’re more in tune than ever to the influence our physical surroundings have on all the aspects of our health. Home gyms and meditation spaces, as well as spa-like bathrooms, are priority for us now.

As for how this presents itself in the design choices we make, Chmiel says, “Calming earthy colors and patterns that nod to nature can relieve stress and usher in productivity. We’re also seeing use of curvy furniture and patterns, oval rugs, circular seating and rounded countertops that give a sense of fluidity and softness.”

Organic Texture

It's fitting that organic textures are very of-the-moment with the rise of biophilic design. Chmiel says you can expect to see a continued surge in boucle, cork, rattan and other textured elements.

She adds, “Organic shapes are also preferred over hard lines and are accompanied by a heightened appreciation for organic materials like wood, handwoven textiles, and limewash.” Patinated surfaces bring a unique, naturally weathered look that evokes character and vintage charm and lends an imperfect aesthetic, while leathered stone adds texture and dimension.

<p>Formica</p> Shown Here: Luxe Mango

Formica

Shown Here: Luxe Mango

Contemporary Classic

The final design theme Formica noted in their trend report is “contemporary classic.” So just think classic, with a twist! And we love this—It’s a great way to work timeless accents into your home that won’t feel dated in a few years.

Moody Black, Gray, and Brown

Deep, rich tones are very much in. There’s something opulent and cozy about saturated color palettes, and there’s a timeless allure to them. “In the upcoming year, expect to see a surge in the popularity of black and dark gray tones. These shades not only anchor contemporary environments, but also breathe new life into more conventional spaces," Chmiel says.

She points out—correctly—that it’s rare to find an interior that a rich charcoal or deep black hue wouldn’t complement. “Moreover, 2024 heralds the prominence of brown colorscapes, adding warmth, balance, and a grounding effect to cooler color palettes and spaces,” she adds.

<p>Formica</p> Shown Here: Sahara Noir

Formica

Shown Here: Sahara Noir

Related: What Is Transitional Design and Why Is It So Popular Right Now?

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