How laminates can bring the design of your home to a whole new level

Posted by Nicole Wu on Sep 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The process of renovating your home is both exciting and challenging. Most homeowners begin by settling on the decor scheme, and then selecting the materials to bring that vision to life. With many options for surface coverings available, such as paint, wallpaper, veneer and laminates, which do you choose?

Laminates have often been overlooked for anything other than kitchen cabinets. This durable material is actually more versatile than you think! We tell you why you should be using laminates in your renovation to achieve the look you want. 

They look like the real deal (but are cheaper!)

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 Design and photo: courtesy of Project File

Imagine building this elegant feature wall, seen in a home by Project File at the Springleaf condominium, from solid wood. The cost of material and craftsmanship would be sky-high, and even using wood veneer (a thin layer of real wood) will be pricey. Here’s where laminates come in handy. They are able to replicate the look and feel of real wood without burning a hole in your pocket. Plus, you’ll have plenty of choice in the type of wood, such as exotic grains and European species (with less of the environmental guilt)!  

Besides wood grains, laminates that look like stone, metal, and fabric are also widely available. You can now easily afford that ‘marble’ wall or countertop (pictured below)!

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Lamitak Tulio Marmo Carnico DXP 1359XM
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

Laminates are easy to maintain

Maintain your ‘marble’, ‘fabric’, or ‘metal’ laminate surfaces easily by wiping them with a non-abrasive cloth and warm water. Most stains can be removed by using a mild detergent, rinsing off with water, and wiping dry. Keeping laminates is tip-top condition is so much easier than maintaining natural materials such as wood, stone, metal and fabric.  

Laminates are durable

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Lamitak Rico Mogollon DXP1364K
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

 Unlike organic materials, which might warp, discolour or oxidise over time, your laminate surface will not. This means that over time, the ‘concrete’ wall pictured above will look the same the first day it was installed – no flaking, chipping or discolouration due to changes in temperature*! This is because laminates are extremely durable, being made of layers of craft paper soaked in resin and bonded under high heat and pressure. They are also resistant to abrasion and impact under normal use.

*It is advised to keep laminates away from strong sunlight or high heat to prevent discolouration.

There are lots of creative possibilities with laminate

Punggol Walk home by Free Space Intent.jpg

Design and photo: courtesy of Free Space Intent

Have fun with the design of your laminate surface! In this Punggol Walk home by Free Space Intent (pictured above) the designer layered a rustic woodgrain-patterned laminate with black strips to mimic the look of a barn door, for visual impact. Laminates can also be cut and reassembled, much like pieces of tile, to create a pattern (see below), or have lines etched onto its surface.

 

Lamitak Bella Seville Walnut WY4224D.jpg

Lamitak Bella Seville Walnut WY4224D
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

For more inspirational ideas on using laminates in your home, visit the Lamitak Studio at 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub 2 #01-61 Singapore 338729, or contact them at 6592-5200 and [email protected]. The opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and Sunday and public holidays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. 

Topics: Laminates, Home Renovation, Laminate 101

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