You had decided to go with a wood-look laminate for your large feature wall to bring warm cosy vibes to your living room – and so you looked through some laminate catalogues and chose the design you want. When it was finally installed, you got the shock of your life – it was nothing like what you imagined. What you thought was a subtle woodgrain pattern turned out to be more dramatic. This situation is probably more common than you think, and usually it has nothing to do with the quality of the laminate itself. Rather, it is the selection process that needs to be relooked.
From the serene beech forests of Aomori Japan to the majestic trees of the Nevada area in the States, many diverse locations around the world have inspired the close to 200 laminate designs in Lamitak’s Woods collection. With laminates, homeowners are no longer hampered by the cost and (in)accessibility of using their favourite wood grains from abroad to achieve their dream home. Sit tight as we explore six wood-inspired laminate families which each transport the look, feel, and texture of an unforgettable location into your home.
Pale, light European wood has been hogging the spotlight, thanks to the popularity of the Scandinavian look for homes. Darker woods, on the other hand, are for those who prefer a more mature, masculine appeal. Wood-grains which have the golden colouration of honey, on the other hand, are evergreen. They connote the nostalgia of vintage teak furniture and the rusticity of farmhouse furniture and are popular particularly in kitchens for their comforting familiarity. We present a snapshot of the toasty woodgrain designs available from Lamitak’s catalogue of almost 200 wood-look laminates – you’ll be surprised at how this classic can look so contemporary as well!
Lamitak offers more than 400 laminate designs to choose from. But sometimes it only takes one to create impressive interiors. Interior design firm Wee Studio turned this 1,465 sqft four-bedroom apartment at The Interlace into a contemporary, yet luxurious abode which exudes swish hotel-like aesthetics.
You might have heard would-be HDB flat homeowners whooping for joy when news broke earlier this year that all kitchens in new HDB flats would be open-concept. The Housing Board will no longer be building walls that divide the kitchen from the rest of the home. This gives homeowners more flexibility and creativity in planning and using their space, plus the bonus of having common areas that look and feel larger. But being open means cookspaces face the pressure now to look good, as they’re put on show for all to see.
Laminate designs have evolved far beyond the contrived wood grains and marble veining of a generation or two before. But besides constantly improving the realism of wood grains and marble swirls on laminates, advancements in printing technology has also seen laminates break through and mimic other materials such as textile, leather, stone, concrete and metal, and with textures to match! If you can print it, you can turn it into a laminate – and Lamitak has done just that with a huge range of designs to please all preferences. Here’s a taste of what’s available in their plethora of patterns.
The Danish word hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) has created quite a stir in the interior design industry in the past few years, and while not everyone can pronounce it, what it represents resonates with all of us. It refers to that warm fuzzy feeling, a sense of well-being and contentment that comes with spending time with family and friends over good food, or curled up in bed under warm covers on a cold day. So how do you create hygge in your home? We show you six easy ways using laminates.
The popularity of the industrial look for homes has a lot to do with their ‘edgy’ appeal, thanks to the raw unpolished surfaces seen in actual industrial spaces, such as unplastered concrete and oxidised or rusted metal. But did you know that ‘rusted metal’ can conjure up a completely different, classy look for your home? Here’s the proof!
In the first of this series, we speak to interior designers to get their top tips on using laminates, and how they have used the material in their projects for maximum effect.
Surfaces that have withstood some passing of time often develop a patina that is wonderfully organic and unique. Wouldn’t it be great if you could package that personality and bring it home – to provide instant style gratification instead of waiting decades for the material to evolve? Using their keen eye for detail and with some fearless experimentation, Lamitak has succeeded in approximating the character of aged concrete, metal, and stone for their laminates. We showcase six standout examples.