It is not uncommon for homeowners to dream of high-end finishes pieces like granite countertops and a marble backsplash, but in reality natural stone can break a budget before renovations even get started. However, thanks to new laminate technologies and formulas, there are a wide assortment of affordable alternatives designed to give you the look of stone without the budget breaking price tag. Here are some kitchen design ideas that give stunning stone countertop look but are much more cost friendly. Take a look and consider these when doing a kitchen renovation on a budget.
Contrary to what a lot of novice renovators and designers think, the quality and style of laminates have come a long way from the tangerine, or mustard-yellow backsplashes that littered kitchens throughout North America in the 1970s. If a sleek, modern natural-stone backsplash is what you are dreaming of but price tag is way out of your budget, take some time and research laminate-sheet options as a viable stone alternative. Starting at about £20 per square foot, there are a wide variety of finishes, colours and textures to satisfy every taste these days.
Did you know that decals are another fantastic and cost-effective way to get that natural stone look in the kitchen? And you can do so without having to heave a hunk of rock through the front door! Covering a tired tabletop with a marble-patterned laminate decal can give any busy kitchen hub a much-needed facelift.
The Magic of Marble
It is no wonder that the classic white-and-grey smokey and veiny pattern of marble has been attracting designers and architects for decades. It is classic, beautiful and timeless. However, since most of us are not Roman emperors with large piles of conquest gold, having stacks of natural marble in our kitchens is most likely out of the question. Instead, consider using a lookalike laminate as a more budget friendly option. Not only will you get the high-end feel that you are going for but patterned laminate also repels liquid and looks great while doing it. While marble typically ranges anywhere from £50 to £150 per square foot, similarly patterned laminate costs around £28 to £40 per square foot.
Think Outside the Slab
From falling fruit bowls to rogue chef’s knives to red-wine and juice spills, kitchen countertops need to be able to stand up to the hectic and straining everyday wear and tear. Natural granite can chip and stain, which can make a hefty investment null and void with one wrong cooking move. So, if you are looking for durability and frugality, opt for a hidden-seamed laminate that comes in more than 25 true-to-scale granite patterns. Your guests will not be able to tell the difference – and the best part? You will not have to think twice about successfully wiping away those red-wine rings when cleaning up.