Choosing a wood-design laminate for your home? Here’s our number one tip for making sure what you see is what you get!

Posted by Lamitak on Apr 19, 2018 12:25:35 PM

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.



Featured laminate (on wall): Ryo Shizuoka Oak WY 4252X, (on shelf) Cuiban Palisander WY 5245D

Choosing wood-inspired designs are especially tricky. A 3cm by 3cm laminate swatch in a catalogue only captures a small fraction of the design of a standard laminate sheet which measures 4ft by 8ft (120cm by 240cm). This is more of a problem if the woodgrain pattern is meant to be seen in large format. Such designs have less repetition and a more natural-looking woodgrain with the organic whirls and whorls you would expect from wood, for example, Ryo Shizuoka Oak (pictured above). To know what you’re getting, visit the centrally-located Lamitak Studio  to see full-sized sheets of their most popular designs. No time to go down to the studio? Download an A3-sized swatch of the laminate design from the Lamitak website by simply creating an account. 

To help you get started, we present inspiration from six Lamitak wood-inspired laminates that are best appreciated in a large format. The swatches are A3-sized samples taken from the full laminate sheet. Go on and be inspired by their interpretation of the best nature can offer.

 Luuk Oak Giethoorn collage

Luuk Oak Giethoorn WYA 1277E
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

Oak Giethoorn, defined by its soft grains, was inspired by the picturesque town of Giethoorn in the Netherlands.

 Vita Tivoli Elm collage

Vita Tivoli Elm WY 1284D
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

Tivoli Elm  takes its distinctive woodgrain pattern arranged in wavy bands from the hardwood Hackberry tree found in USA and Canada.


Corona Maple collage 2

(on counter) Corona Maple WYA 5262E, (on kitchen cabinet) Collins Marcello Walnut  WY5240D
Design and photo: Meter Square

Corona Maple imagines a patchwork of rustic timber planks, and arranges them in the best possible configuration so you don’t have to piece them together by yourself!

 Elsa Noce Portofino collage

Elsa Noce Portofino WY 1266D
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

Noce Portofino is distinguished by its contrasting bands of light and dusky woodgrains, with a pattern that is evocative of a mid-century-modern style.


Tobi Milnerton V2 collage

Tobi Milnerton WYA 5276E
Design and photo: Dan’s Workshop

A truly unique wood-inspired design, Milnerton takes its tones of greys and light browns from the Milnerton Beach and Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

 Reva Nogal Americano collage

Reva Nogal Americano WY1273D
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)

The bold woodgrains but even colouration of Nogal Americano makes it a sophisticated choice for nature-loving urbanites.

 Visit the Lamitak Studio to explore the full range of wood-inspired laminates at 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub 2 #01-61 Singapore 338729. For more information, contact the studio at 6592-5200 and; or drop by during the opening hours below

Monday to Thursday: 10.30am–6.30pm
Friday: 11.30am–6.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 12.30pm – 4.30pm


Topics: Lamitak, Laminates, Home Renovation, Lamitak Studio