Choosing the right laminate for the kitchen cabinets is a Herculean task. Most of the kitchen space is occupied by cabinets which are usually covered by laminates making it extremely important to choose the right one. After all décor of the kitchen is heavily depended on the colour and texture of the cabinets.
How one decorates and keeps their kitchen say a lot about the aesthetic taste of the owner. But along with the look it is also important to make the kitchen functional and convenient to use and maintain. Convenience in maintenance depends a lot on the type of laminates you choose for the kitchen cabinet. Laminate comes in variety of colours, thickness and finishing which can imitate wood, stone, glass or leather. It can be glossy or have rough matt texture. The price range varies to suit every pocket. However, for a layman, before deciding on the laminate, it’s important to know that the laminates are categorized in two types; high pressure laminates which are used on plywood and low pressure laminates which are used on particle boards. To further assist you in decision making, we would suggest you to opt for high pressure laminate for your kitchen cabinets. The reason is simple: it is heat and stain resistant, durable, low maintenance and pocket-friendly. Let’s dive in check on the laminates for your kitchen cabinets.
Show the vibrant side of your personality and play with colours in your kitchen with the selection of laminate that is full of life and colour. Complement the vibrant colour of the laminate with the complimentary colour in the rest of the space. If you are going for bright and vibrant colour, remember that ‘less is more’. Make the colour of your choice ‘hero’ by its judicious use and then harmonizing it with right shade. Be careful with its use if you have opted for bright shades because scratches are easily visible on them. Also if it chip, it will be difficult to get the exact replacement. You will have to change the entire laminate of the cabinets. But if you want your kitchen to shine, definitely go for solid coloured laminates; just make sure that you get high quality metal-finish laminates which are durable and scratch-resistant.
For the mirror like sheen and shine, go for glossy laminate. It looks classy and makes the space luxurious and elegant. However, glossy laminates are vulnerable to stains and scratches. Even the finger prints are easily visible on them and require regular cleaning. But then for every problem there is a solution! If you really want the sheen of glossy laminate without the tension of mopping and cleaning after every touch, use it on the wall cabinets. Reflection of ceiling lights on the glossy laminate will make the space shinier. Combine it with rough and easy-to-clean matt-finish laminates on the lower cabinets which will bring the best in your kitchen floor.
This is for those who are looking for functionality and sturdiness with elegance. Usually in wooden finishing, this laminate is moderately reflective with normal smoothness or rough finish. The great thing about this is that it is strong, durable, and easy-to-clean low maintenance laminate. However, you have to be careful with moisture. If moisture seeps in the laminate it will loosen the laminates and it will be difficult to fix it again.
The love for wood and wooden finishing can be satisfied by the texture of textured laminate on the kitchen cabinets. It is an elegant way to bring in depth into a monochromatic kitchen dominated by the single shade of wood. However, if you want to be adventurous and experiment with the colours too along with texture, go with the shades of same colour. Maintaining this laminate becomes quite easy since stains and scratches are almost invisible in it. To clean wipe it with soapy water and then dry off with dry cloth.
The sheen of metal finishing laminate make the kitchen looks modern and sleek. The rich luxurious feel of the metal sheen effortlessly transform the space into a high-end modern kitchen that means business. These are expensive but then best thing in life comes at a cost. The choice of colours is also limited and is available in the classy shades of copper, silver and rose gold. You can smartly pair it matt finish or solid colour laminate to bring in the contrast. However, these laminates have sharp edges. So make sure that it is being installed by professionals for better and long-lasting result.
Get to know about the best material for your kitchen cabinets from here: 5 materials to use as kitchen cabinets