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"Not Your Mama's Formica"

I've been busy this week working on two projects, one nearing completion and the other in its beginning stages.  The latter is a home where we'll be sprucing up the dining room and making some budget-friendly upgrades to the kitchen.  It's a little early to share our plans for the space, but I do want to share with you a product we plan to use.

Several years back, as I thought about the prospect of updating my own kitchen, I stumbled upon a fairly new product by Formica called 180fx.  Formica's 180fx is a revolutionary laminate "with true-to-scale granite patterns that offer visual drama unmatched by any other laminate."

Here's a little sampling of what's available...

Don't get me wrong, I love natural stone as much as the next designer, but home improvements should be smart decisions, and that includes financially.  In this case, investing in a more expensive natural stone product, wouldn't likely yield any increase in the value of my client's home and since this isn't their forever home, they want to be smart about the upgrades they make.  

With over 25 colors/patterns, the options will have you awestruck at the possibilities.  Here are a few of my favorites along with some beautiful in-home applications.

Calacatta Marble
Kylie M Interiors

Simple Details Blog
Golden Mascarello     

Strata Olympico

via Formica

This one is my top pick for the project I'm working on.  I hope they like it!  
Crema Mascarello

What's cool about this product in addition to it's "look for less" qualities is the fact in 2012 Formica added new options for the counter's edges.  "IdealEdge® Decorative Edging offers decorative edges that bring a fresh look to laminate countertops, islands and more. What you see is a perfectly finished edge - and no more brown seam lines."

(Images via Formica) 

Pretty awesome considering the fact that I can recall the Formica countertop edging in the home I grew up in peeling off and flapping away at one time.  Unsightly brown seams and  telltale sign of Formica countertops no more!

After ordering a few samples and seeing this product in person, I'm totally convinced that these ain't your mama's Formica countertops (although ironically my mother actually has them).  I can't wait to use them in this upcoming project.  

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